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New Movie Reviews

"Slither"

by Michael Handorf
handorf@comcast.net

Elizabeth Banks. Nathan Fillion. Comedy/Sci-fi/Horror.

Synopsis: A small town is engulfed with slug-like aliens that take over people’s minds and bodies in search of more and more meat to consume.

Review: Gross. Just really offensive if you don’t like this type of fare - 50s sci-fi camp mixed with modern-day special effects and a generous supply of blood and alien deformity.

It’s a complete retread, conjuring up ideas and images from dozens of other films, but it works. It’s funny, and the actors never take themselves too seriously.

A meteor crashes to Earth (imagine that) and an alien life force begins slithering away from it. That life force happens upon Grant (Michael Rooker) and embeds a parasite inside Grant’s chest, which quickly makes its way to Grant’s brain and takes over his body and mind.

Grant is now a slightly more attentive husband to his wife Starla (Banks, most recognized from last year’s The 40-year Old Virgin). But he’s also on a quest for meat, and 8, 10, or 14 rib eyes aren’t going to meet his demands.

The town’s Sheriff, Bill Pardy (Fillion) still holds a torch for Starla. Once a local woman goes missing and Grant was the last person seen with her, the hunt is on.

Starla, Sheriff Bill and a team of deputies and concerned citizens track Grant (now comically referred to as a ‘squid-thing’ because he is starting to develop additional tentacle-like appendages) to the forest just outside town, where a number of pets and livestock have been slaughtered recently. The local Piggly Wiggly or Albertson’s can no longer supply Grant’s need for meat.

The posse finds the missing woman just in time to witness an army of slug-like creatures being dispatched to ‘zombify’ a significant portion of the town’s population and consume the remainder. This alien life force is really a collective of all of the zombified humans, being directed by what was, at one time, Starla’s husband, Grant.

If you can accept the foulness and the alien deformity, the movie is actually pretty funny. It definitely warrants the R rating, and the expletives are plentiful.

OVERALL GRADE: C+

 

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