I had seen this movie way back in 2009 for the first time and I wanted to revisit it, so when I saw the movie in the shop, I just had to get it! The movie is just as I remember it. The story follows a group of people trying to stop an alien parasyte from taking over the world. A meteor fell on the Earth and has infected a man, Grant. He then started to make breeders who will make more of the parasytes to infect more people. His wife and the police department try to stop him from destroying the world. It's quite an interesting story, but what makes this movie so special is the way that humour and horror get combined. The whole tone of the movie is very comical and rarely it's scary, it's more disgusting than scary, but that doesn't matter, it's really awesome! There are many scenes where I laughed out loud, but also a few scenes where the gore is so over-the-top that you don't know whether to laugh or be disgusted. The characters are likeable, witty and very amusing, especially the Bill character, played by Nathan Fillion. Bill is one hilarious guy! Almost everything that comes out of his mouth is funny (lots of great one liners). The acting is great and everyone did a really great job. I have to admit Michael Rooker as Grant was fantastic! Speaking of Grant, the makeup looks amazing! Although CGI is quite obvious at a lot of points, it's also obvious when they're using practical effects, and they look really sweet. All in all, this is one of the better executed horror/comedy movies that I would strongly recommend checking out for it's tone, gore and characters.
Something else I found intelligent, and I may have been seeing what I wanted to see, were the subtle feminist messages. Stuff like the teenaged girl being the only one in her family to survive because she was able to kill the worm with inherently feminine things, such as a long manicure and a hair straightener. And when the same teenage girl saves the police chief, I thought it was both funny and pointed of the film to make a point of saying the male chief would claim that victory for himself.
All in all, despite the weird premise, I didn't find the gore boring and pointless. It was funny, entertaining, and sexual metaphors actually disturbed me a little. Anytime something is done to a woman's body without her consent (including and especially when things are inserted) it reads a metaphor of rape to me, and those always disturb me. It was an excellent movie.