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Slither (2006)

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A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.

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James Gunn

Writer:

James Gunn
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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Thompson ... Wally
Nathan Fillion ... Bill Pardy
Gregg Henry ... Jack MacReady
Xantha Radley ... Uptight Mom
Elizabeth Banks ... Starla Grant
Tania Saulnier ... Kylie Strutemyer
Dustin Milligan ... Drawing Boy
Michael Rooker ... Grant Grant
Haig Sutherland ... Trevor
Jennifer Copping ... Margaret
Zak Ludwig ... Gina Kid
Kathryn Kirkpatrick ... Karaoke Woman
Brenda James ... Brenda Gutierrez
Lorena Gale ... Janene
Bart Anderson Bart Anderson ... Butcher
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Storyline

In this blend of the B movie classic The Blob (1958), and some Romero's zombies film, a meteorite collides in a small town. Grant finds it, and is infected by a parasite worm, which installs in his brain and causes him a creepy transformation into a monster. Starla, his wife, and Bill, a policeman, will try to stop him and the plague of worms generated by the creature. Written by Alejandro Frias

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Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, and language | See all certifications »

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Official site | UIP [France]

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ljigavci See more »

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Budget:

$15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,880,270, 2 April 2006

Gross USA:

$7,774,730, 23 April 2006
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1.85 : 1
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The barn is on property owned by Buddhist monks, who love The Matrix (1999). See more »

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When the zombies grab Starla from Bill's wrecked car, Bill calls "Carla, Carla!", instead of Starla. See more »

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Brenda Gutierrez: [Brenda's become giant-sized - her body's nothing more than a pregnant 'womb' for whatever-it-is that's inside of her stomach] Something's wrong with me.
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At the very end of the credits there is an additional scene involving a curious cat and the remains of the alien slug creature. See more »

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References The Evil Dead (1981) See more »

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Sad World
Written and Performed by Simon Steadman
Licensed courtesy of Simon Steadman and Nakatomi Plaza Publishing
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She packs a boxed lunch…Slither
14 April 2007 | by jaredmobarakSee all my reviews

I think I might enjoy the comedy/horror genre more than the actual horror films they parody. James Gunn, (yes, the man who brought us what I can only imagine are fantastic scripts for Scooby Doo 1 & 2—not sure since I would never watch them), has broken into the mix with his film Slither. It appears he understands the appeal these films have and jam-packs it with gore, camp, and humor. The audience can never wonder if what transpires is unintentionally funny because they are too busy thinking about the parts that are unintentionally scary. A comedy, through and through, Gunn gathers a nice group of actors to play up the cheese yet still make us believe they are smack in the middle of the otherworldly situation they are in.

The basic premise here is that an alien life form—not Martians as they are from Mars of course—has come to Earth to make it its next world for consumption. Our villain inhabits a local and makes him go out to either infect, impregnate, or devour all other forms of meat, human or otherwise, along his journey. This host just happens to be involved in a somewhat loveless marriage with the resident good-looking teacher, who or course is the object of our hero's affection, the chief of police. Once the creature's first mate unleashes his spawn of collective-consciousness worms, the town comes under attack and only the chief, the host's wife, and the obnoxious mayor can save the day.

Amidst all the zombie-turning and the blood, acid spit, and limb jellying, we are treated with some great laughs and one-liners from people who truly know how to deliver the script deadpan for added effectiveness. The great Michael Rooker plays the host body to campy perfection. What role of his hasn't oozed tongue-in-cheek outbursts and over-the-top facial expressions? Gregg Henry takes the unpolished politician to new heights and everything he says gets a laugh as result. Even his introduction in the film, swearing in the midst of his constituents and their children, is a tired gimmick, but still effectively funny. As for our real heroes, we are treated to some good forbidden chemistry between Nathan Fillion and Elizabeth Banks. Fillion is king of sarcasm and always stays in a realistic mode unfazed by the horrors happening around him. Someone else could have allowed the film to become unhinged if they didn't take this role seriously; the comedy relies on this character not seeing the humor around him. With Banks, a favorite of mine who is underused in movies, I was not a big fan of the fake accent, but I guess it does fit the aesthetic of what is going on. And as the mayor says, she is hardcore—when she kills her first infected assailant, it's priceless.

Definitely more entertaining than expected, I can still understand the lack of love at the box office. The trailers showed that there would be some subversion to the horror with humor, but didn't quite go all the way with it. I'm sure people were confused in what to expect and those who wanted scares were disappointed as were those that wanted pure laughs. To me, Gunn masterfully mixes the two just right for an enjoyable ride in Hicksville, USA during an interstellar battle for supremacy. He gets all the little moments right, the grenade folly, the corny love scene music, and even the extras looking like they are from a backwoods/ incestuous town. The look was right and the delivery just as effective as I laughed pretty much straight through.


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