Critics 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.



Total Count: 138


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User Ratings: 102,806
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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.

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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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Audience Reviews for Slither

  • Jun 04, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2013
    Didn't really like this was just too weird and gross. Cool idea, but the zombie concept thing wasn't put to use as much as it should. Plus the story takes too long to get off the ground, especially for a 90 minute movie. As a side note, Nathan Fillion is absolutely fantastic in this movie, and really funny too. Unfortunately, not even he can save this movie.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2012
    An admirable effort, and I would generally like this sort of tongue-in-cheek scary B-movie, but Slither isn't effective as a comedy or a horror movie, so all you're really left with is B-movie production values. I was hoping to like this more, but it never really worked for me, save for a few well-executed lines by the always talented Nathan Fillion. Overall, it ended up being pretty disappointing movie centered around a concept that could have been great.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2012
    [img][/img] If Troma were given a big budget that also happened to be accompanied by some notably talented actors, Slither is undoubtedly the movie they would make. It's much harder than many actually like to think to make decent horror comedies, but this is an absolutely barf inducing film with plenty of hugely funny, cheesy one-liners in the manner of great films of the genre like Shaun of the Dead. It's a yucky, slimy, gory, very disturbing horror comedy, and it's everything that you would want from it and more. There are numerous references to various amatuerish horror comedies through out, that are used as great homages to the grindhouse B movie flick's of the 70's and 80's. In addition the awe inspiring creature effects really make you want to throw up at the screen but laugh out loud at the same time, they work somehow in a strangely entertaining way, despite the fact they look completely terrifying. Plus the acting is absolutely solid, the slippery, unctous worms are hilarious yet unbelieveably disturbing and it offers up just about everything a horror fan could wish for. It takes itself seriously enough for the scares to work, but it remains fully aware of itself through out thanks to a good director who understands the genre itself. That which embraces the wonders and pleasures of disgusting gore, with a mixture of tentacle porn and surreal humour thrown in for good measure. It's true that it's incredibly stupid but you'll also find it undeniably satisfying if your a genre fanatic like me. It tests your stomach with energy, grace and entire bucket loads of guts (no pun intended) so much that you could almost call it slimy art. It's horrific, hilarious and rotten in all the right ways.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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