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Slugs (1988)

Slugs, muerte viscosa (original title)
R | | Horror | 5 February 1988 (USA)
Killer slugs on the rampage in a rural community.

Director:

Juan Piquer Simón (as J.P. Simon)

Writers:

Ron Gantman (screenplay by), Shaun Hutson (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Garfield Michael Garfield ... Mike Brady
Kim Terry Kim Terry ... Kim Brady
Philip MacHale Philip MacHale ... Don Palmer
Alicia Moro Alicia Moro ... Maureen Watson
Santiago Álvarez Santiago Álvarez ... John Foley
Concha Cuetos ... Maria Palmer
John Battaglia John Battaglia ... Sheriff Reese
Emilio Linder Emilio Linder ... David Watson
Kris Mann Kris Mann ... Bobby Talbot
Kari Rose Kari Rose ... Donna Moss
Manuel de Blas ... Mayor Eaton
Andy Alsup Andy Alsup ... Officer Dobbs
Frank Braña ... Frank Phillips
Stan Schwartz Stan Schwartz ... Ron Bell
Juan Maján Juan Maján ... Harold Morris
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Storyline

People are dying mysteriously and gruesomely, and nobody has a clue what the cause is. Only health worker Mike Brady has a possible solution, but his theory of killer slugs is laughed at by the authorities. Only when the body count begins to rise and a slug expert from England begins snooping around does it begin to look like Mike had the right idea after all. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Taglines:

They ooze. They slime. They kill. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Slugs See more »

Filming Locations:

Lyons, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dister Group See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It was banned in the Australian state of Queensland until the early-'90s when the Queensland Censorship Board was disbanded. See more »

Goofs

Normal slugs don't have teeth, but these are mutant slugs. See more »

Quotes

Mike Brady: Sheriff, you don't mind if I smoke do you?
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Mike Brady: Oh really, why's that?
Sheriff Reese: Littering's a $500 fine in this state, don't let me catch you doing it again.
Mike Brady: Sheriff, you know what they found in those candies you're eating? Rat shit and maggot's eggs!
Sheriff Reese: [Sheriff spits the candy out the window] Pfffttt!
Mike Brady: Oh, now sheriff... littering! ...
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Alternate Versions

The UK video version was cut by 42 secs by the BBFC to edit a bedroom scene of a naked girl being attacked by the slugs and shots of a man chopping his hand off with an axe. The cuts were fully waived for the 2009 Lions Gate DVD. See more »

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Pretty Much the Greatest Film About Slugs Ever Made
19 February 2012 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Killer slugs on the rampage in a rural community.

Believe it or not, the story behind the screenplay started as a book. In the original novel, the titular slugs were not caused by radiation or any such thing, but actually on author Shaun Hutson's knowledge that there were three species of carnivorous slugs. (The book's success apparently was enough to get the author the gig to write "The Terminator" novelization.)

If you love the late J. P. Simon's "Pieces" (a true cult classic if ever there was one), you may also love "Slugs". It has some of the same great things going for it: incredible special effects on the gore, a great 1980s mentality and some of the worst dialogue ever to hit a screen near you (which may be due to the fact that the actors are not proficient in English).

The film is best enjoyed by taking it as not seriously as possible. I mean, thousands of slugs that come and go in unison, eat people and apparently have the ability to plan ahead? Not very plausible. A high school teacher who has his own lab for experiments? Not likely.

But I personally love this movie. I think it is so unbelievable that it is just perfect for a good film with friends, some Tootsie Rolls and a soda. And if you have the legendary horror historian Jon Kitley lurking around making slug-shaped chocolates, that just tops it off. This Spanish film made in America featuring Italian actors is a must-see.

The Arrow Video Blu-ray is jam-packed. We have audio commentaries with "Slugs" author Shaun Hutson and filmmaker Chris Alexander. The Hutson commentary is interesting in that he never actually met any of the film's producers, actors or director, so the focus there is much more on horror literature. There are also new interviews with actor Emilio Linder, special effects artist Carlo DeMarchis, art director Gonzalo Gonzalo and production manager Larry Ann Evans. The last one, with Evans, is really very insightful and tells you more stories about the making of the film than you're likely to hear anywhere else.


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