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
I kind of would have prefered a more straightforward film that just happens to have some funny moments over a horror comedy (as it is a difficult thing to do well), but I had fun watching this. It's not perfect, but for what it is, it is good enough.
The cast is pretty good (it's nice to see Michael Rooker again), and Banks and Fillion look like they're having fun, so that's good. It was a nice little treat to see Jenna Fischer, but I wish she would have had a bit more screen time. Oh, and for the curious, this is supposed to be a campy film, and yes, the actors are acting that way on purpose.
Even as a genre exercise, this film is a little rough, but James Gunn shows some promise, so that's cool. Oh yeah, the squeamish probably shouldn't watch this; some of this is pretty gross. If you like gross though, or at least have a good sense of humor, then you'll probably find something to enjoy.
You can safely call it a homage to old school horror B-movies because for one thing, they didn't use CG to create monster Grant which is like a good thing because you have something different to look at, not some pixelized crap we've been seeing these days. The gore was also there, I can hardly contain myself from puking with all the blood and guts and lastly, the performances from the actors were quite impressive.
Bill: I don't know. Probably turn into a couple of these fucked-up things.
Kylie: That's kind of negative.
Bill: Well, it's been that sort of day.
A disgusting, gore filled, B-movie, mixing horror, comedy, and romance. It is fun to watch and does not attempt to take itself seriously.
You can see the cast having a good time, mixed with enough comedy and gooeyness to maintain a morbid sense of humor amidst the madness.
The film is also tributes galore with nods to all sorts of other horror films from the past, with references mainly to all of the 80s horror films including Evil Dead, The Thing, Night of the Creeps, and tributes to directors like Sam Raimi, Peter Jackson, and David Cronenberg.
What's so much fun is how the comedy doesn't come from one-liners as much as it is dialog in response to how ridiculous the situations are.
Starla Grant: [as Bill goes out where the worms are] Be careful.
Bill Pardy: Yeah, there's a thought.
The plot, as ridiculous as it becomes, works because of how everyone stays true to their characters and don't turn it into winking at the camera.
It also helps that the cast includes B-movie greatness from Nathan Fillion, Gregg Henry (who curses up a storm), and Michael "The Rook" Rooker.
Jack MacReady: You mean like Martians?
Bill Pardy: Martians is from Mars!
Jack MacReady: Or it's a general term meaning 'outer-space fucker.'
Bill Pardy: No it isn't!
Jack MacReady: Look it up, cock sucker!
This all makes for a light-hearted horror flick, despite how dark everything ends up being. It looks good in a slimey way, and it is a movie bound for a cult following.
Jack MacReady: Praise *Jesus*? That's fucking pushing it! This shit's about as far from God as shit can get! Either of you ever seen anything like that? You even heard of anything like that? Huh? Me neither... and I watch Animal Planet all the fucking time!