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Slither (2006)



Critic Consensus: A slimy, B-movie homage oozing with affection for low-budget horror films, Slither is creepy and funny -- if you've got the stomach for it.

Movie Info

The sleepy town of Wheelsy could be any small town in America -- somewhat quaint and gentle, peopled with friendly folks who mind their own business. But just beneath the surface charm, something unnamed and evil has arrived...and is growing. No one seems to notice as telephone poles become clogged with missing pet flyers, or when one of the town's richest citizens, Grant, begins to act strangely. But when farmers' livestock turn up horribly mutilated and a young woman goes missing, Sheriff Bill Pardy and his team, aided by Grant's wife Starla, uncover the dark force laying siege to their town...and come face-to-face with an older-than-time organism intent on absorbing and devouring all life on Earth.more
Rating: R (for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some drug content and sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: James Gunn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 24, 2006
Box Office: $7.8M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Nathan Fillion
as Bill Pardy
Elizabeth Banks
as Starla Grant
Gregg Henry
as Jack MacReady
Michael Rooker
as Grant Grant
Tania Saulnier
as Kylie Strutemyer
Xantha Radley
as Uptight Mom
Brenda James
as Brenda Gutierrez
Dustin Milligan
as Drawing Boy
Zak Ludwig
as Gina Kid
Kathryn Kirkpatrick
as Karaoke Woman
Corb Lund
as Lead Singer
Rob Zombie
as Dr. Karl
Lloyd Kaufman
as Sad Drunk
Tom Heaton
as Tourneur
Ben Cotton
as Charlie
Matreya Fedor
as Emily Strutemyer
Amber Lee Bartlett
as Jenna Strutemyer
William MacDonald
as Mr. Strutemyer
Iris Quinn
as Mrs. Strutemyer
Michael Cromien
as Fitzgibbon
Robert Musnicki
as Diseased Leader
Stephen Park
as Gleeked-on Guy
Mary Black
as Woman in Basement
Malcom Scott
as Dude Joining Grant
Nicholas Podbrey
as Diseased Grant No. 1
Jeny Cassady
as Diseased Grant No. 2
Alette Falle
as Diseased Grant No. 3
Darren Shahlavi
as Brenda's Husband
Matthew McInnis
as Head-Shot Norman
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Critic Reviews for Slither

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (37)

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

Full Review… | October 7, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A monstrously funny alien-invasion-zombie-horror-comedy.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Amiably retro in its icky shock value, this love story with an alien twist is often so funny it's scary.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
Radio Times

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

Full Review… | October 10, 2012
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.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011

An underappreciated gem that horror fans would appreciate.

Full Review… | May 21, 2010
Sci-Fi Movie Page

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

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


review coming.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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