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Slither (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 136
Fresh: 117 | Rotten: 19

A slimy, rotten B-movie homage oozing with affection for low-budget horror films, Slither is a tale of creepy crawly little beasts that invade Smalltown, USA. Equally creepy and funny, critics say it's one of the most enjoyable of its type in years -- if you've got the stomach for this sort of thing. Slither is a wicked good time: it'll make you squirm -- when you're not busting a gut laughing.

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 7

A slimy, rotten B-movie homage oozing with affection for low-budget horror films, Slither is a tale of creepy crawly little beasts that invade Smalltown, USA. Equally creepy and funny, critics say it's one of the most enjoyable of its type in years -- if you've got the stomach for this sort of thing. Slither is a wicked good time: it'll make you squirm -- when you're not busting a gut laughing.

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Movie Info

A mysterious meteor infected with a deadly alien plague brings chaos to a small hunting town in the feature-length directorial debut of screenwriter James Gunn (Scooby-Doo, Dawn of the Dead). Booted out of bed by his young, trophy-wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks), and in desperate need of some female companionship, wealthy Grant Grant (Michael Rooker) picks up bar local floozy Brenda (Brenda James) and heads into the woods for a hedonistic night of extramarital excitement. When a flaming meteor

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Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

James Gunn

Oct 24, 2006

$7.8M

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All Critics (136) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (117) | Rotten (19) | DVD (28)

Gross-out horror comedy is my least favorite genre, but this movie's so skillful I have to take my hat off to it.

October 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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A monstrously funny alien-invasion-zombie-horror-comedy.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I'm zombied out.

April 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (12)
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[A] delightfully disgusting comic horror film.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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The problem with making a smart horror parody -- and James Gunn's Slither is a smart horror parody -- is that it's kind of like doing a virtuoso performance of 'My Way.' The skill of execution tends to be eclipsed by the tedium of the material.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Slither is a movie only true horror buffs can love. Its greatest strength is that it never aspires to be anything more than it is: 96 minutes of good laughs and retro-splatter.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Amiably retro in its icky shock value, this love story with an alien twist is often so funny it's scary.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Derivative, glib, throwaway, and thoroughly entertaining. A knowing genre movie aimed at fans of Tremors or Lake Placid.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Done with a knowing wink and a nod, Slither doesn't offer much in the way of scares, but makes up for it in laughs and decent banter and a number of well executed gross out moments.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

An underappreciated gem that horror fans would appreciate.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Zombies, aliens, comedy, gore, what more can you ask for?

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

[A] pleasing B-level gore fest.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

If there were still drive-in cinemas around, "Slither" would be a perfect B horror movie to sit in your car and watch to the sound of shrieks and one-liner jokes blasting around a hilly parking lot from so many tiny speakers.

April 20, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

It wows us with the expertise way Gunn has in how he handles the creepy hokum and keeps a good balance between the chills and the laughs.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gunn makes this horror-com his own.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Gunn's film is masses of nostalgic fun if you grew up with body horror of the 1980s. And just plain gross fun if you didn't.

October 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Slither is a monster movie with a wry smile on its face, where (thankfully) the gruesome effects, rather than the humour, tend towards full on gross out.

August 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Slither is over-the-top, gross, funny, bizarre and totally weird. In other words, it might be just what you're looking for this weekend.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

A pretty fun movie that makes good on laughs and gory gross-outs.

December 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Unlike the current concept of over the top bloodletting that thinks the sequence is more important than the sluice, this inspired auteur gets his groovy grue just right.

October 29, 2006 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Passatempo descartável que não funciona sequer como comédia, sátira ou homenagem às ficções B.

September 11, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Here's a review that not only benefits from, but requires, words like giant squid, festering blob and tummy tentacles.

July 27, 2006 Full Review

It's refreshing to see a movie like Slither, which has obviously been made by someone with a deep affection for the glory gory days of American horror comedy.

July 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

There's enough material in that scene for a whole conference of psychologists, but I couldn't stop to figure it all out. I was too busy laughing.

May 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Audience Reviews for Slither

The movie opens with a meteorite landing in the backwoods of the small town of Wheelsy. The bad news is that our atmosphere did not burn up everything inside the meteorite. One of Wheelsy's rich business men, Grant Grant (Michael Rooker), who is married to the young and beautiful high school biology teacher, Starla (Elizabeth Banks), finds a slow moving slimy thing behind the town bar. The slug stops moving as Grant moves closer, he becomes infected by the slug. Grant begins to change and evolve into a bloodthirsty meat-eating squid creature with a need to kill to maintain his life. Sheriff Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion) and Starla must defeat this creature or the entire earth will be consumed.

Slither is a 1950's type B-grade horror/comedy movie scenario that has everything. A billion-year-old alien parasite from outer space with penetrating tentacles that sucks the life out of you, fast moving slugs that want to get inside your mouth, dogs and cows being eaten by human and deer zombies, an enormous mother glob, and the small town being terrorized by a monster. This is your classic B-grade movie that is a lot of fun watching. You will laugh from beginning to end. For budget reasons, it looks like they used the old standby, tomato ketchup, for blood. There are some scary moments, but most of the scenes are hilarious. If you want an enjoyable night and a good laugh, this is the movie to see. 5 Stars for Comedy. 5-27-13
June 4, 2013
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A fun horror film that is full of gore, disgusting sight gags, and characters that seem fresher and far better constructed than the slasher and possession films streaming out of Hollywood lately. Even for a film that wasn't a success right out the gate, it is still bigger and more impressive than many other films in its genre. For example, this film boasts an impressive cast of semi-famous character actors, including Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect), and Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead). The actual genre of the film is subject to argument because it is surely comical in its incredulity, science fiction through its use of alien creatures as the villains, and horror, as these intergalactic slugs take over a backwoods hick town. The town is generic hillbilly fodder, but also strangely wrong and dirty, in a way only schlock can correctly characterize. The story follows the citizens of a town as it starts its yearly deer hunting celebration. A meteor crashes into a section of woods where a drunken miser missteps with an equally drunk floozy, and gets sodomized with an alien prong, which takes his body over. This leads to him becoming a blob, setting his spawn upon the town, and turning people into zombies, all connected to the original, impeded in the brain of the man from the woods. This alien, inside the man, falls for the man's wife, and is constantly trying to capture her as she flees with the town's police. Some of the effects in the film are especially graphic and vulgar in the way they look and are presented. The film melds "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" with "Night of the Living Dead", but also features some very gross out scenes of gore for those who love cult horror. It has a little bit of everything and always wins because it doesn't take itself too seriously. Truly one of the better horror films of the decade and one of the smarter ones as well.
January 10, 2013
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

review coming.
October 22, 2012
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

A funny, slimy, tightly paced horror film about aliens overtaking a small town in Texas. Probably the best horror-comedy since "Shaun of the Dead" at that time, with solid performances and a lot of disgusting gooey stuff that horror fans will love. Not entirely memorable, it's been a while since I have seen it and I don't remember a whole ton of it, but I remember having a good time and enjoying it thoroughly. So hey, what else can you ask for?
October 11, 2012
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

    1. Sheriff Bill Pardy: Well, now, that is some fucked-up shit.
    – Submitted by Joshua T (16 months ago)
    1. Sheriff Bill Pardy: So how's everybody's evening, good? Good.
    – Submitted by Bryan O (18 months ago)
    1. Jack MacReady: [referring to Starla] Bitch is hardcore.
    – Submitted by Virginia L (2 years ago)
    1. Kylie Strutemyer: What are we gonna do now?
    2. Sheriff Bill Pardy: Probably turn into a couple of these ****ed-up things.
    3. Kylie Strutemyer: That's kinda negative.
    4. Sheriff Bill Pardy: Well, it's been that sorta day.
    – Submitted by Virginia L (2 years ago)
    1. Sheriff Bill Pardy: Thanks for saving my ass back there.
    2. Kylie Strutemyer: You're welcome.
    3. Sheriff Bill Pardy: Of course, when I tell that story, it's gonna be the other way around.
    – Submitted by Virginia L (2 years ago)
    1. Jack MacReady: If I weren't about to shit in my pants right now, I'd be fuckin' fascinated.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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