Slither

DVD Reviews | Nov 8th, 2006

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Starring Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, Gregg Henry
Written By: James Gunn
Directed By: James Gunn
Studio: Universal
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I actually wanted to see Slither in the movie theater since I was a fan of Nathan Fillion’s, plus the movie looked entertaining. I didn’t get the chance to but I finally got to see the film on DVD, and it lives up to the hype as a gruesome funny & entertaining B-horror flick.

Slither is about a bunch of alien slugs (or parasites) crash-landing to Earth and wrecking havoc on a small town. The movie centers around three people. You have a local sheriff named Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion), cute school teacher Starla (Elizabeth Banks) and her husband Grant (Michael Rooker). Grant and Starla are a mismatched married couple, and Grant is a bit emotionless. He’s not a bad guy but a bit cranky; so one day he wants to get some action and gets denied by Starla. So Grant goes out to a bar and meets up with a woman, and end up in the woods with her. They discover this meteorite that ends up being alive, and Grant gets attacked by it. He wakes up the next morning and slowly starts to turn into this gruesome monster that’s a bit like a squid. Later on in the movie, people start disappearing and the cops go after Grant and release he’s some monster now. All these little parasites are born and start causing mayhem onto people, and turning people into zombies. It’s up to sheriff Bill Pardy, Starla, the mayor of the town, and the local police force to stop these brain eating parasites before it’s too late.

I heard a lot of great things about this movie so I really wanted to check it out, even though I’m a pussy when it comes to movies like this. Yes, even movies like this makes me squirm because I hate zombie movies. I hate zombie movies because I always end up having a billion zombie nightmares and it freaks me out that I have so many. But after seeing the movie, it wasn’t so bad; it’s just a little bit gruesome. I thought the movie was definitely in the same realm as Shaun of the Dead. It had that great balance of comedy and horror. It’s been awhile (besides SOTD) since we’ve had these type of horror movies. Everything seems to be so dark and so bloody & gory. So i’m glad that James Gunn made this movie a fun entertaining experience. Don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty of gruesome scenes but its not that scary. The movie doesn’t take itself that seriously and that’s a good thing. You know what type of movie you’re gonna get from the get-go. The CGI in the film is okay but looks cheesy in some scenes. There’s wasn’t a lot of CGI thankfully, I wish more directors would go back to old school SFX. The director even comments about the graphics in the commentary. There was a few effect houses that worked on the movie. Two in particular he really liked, and others not so much.

I thought the acting of Nathan Fillion and Gregg Henry was great! Gregg Henry stole a lot of scenes in this movie as the funny swearing mayor. His lines were hilarious and his delivery was fantastic. It seemed anything the guy said made me laugh out loud. Nathan Fillion is always good at what he does, and has great comedic timing & facial expressions. He had a lot of good one-liners as well. I’m glad that he’s starting to pop up in more things since being in Firefly & Serenity. Michael Rooker was creepy as Grant Grant (what a name), he’s getting even creepier as he gets older. I think Rooker is up there with Walken and Buscemi for the creepiest actor. I’m sure he wouldn’t like that comparison but whatever, it’s not like he reads this website. And if he does, than I was only joking :)

Surprisingly, there are a fair amount of extras to watch after you seen the film. The audio commentary features writer/director James Gunn with Nathan Fillion. I listened to parts of it and it sounded interesting and fun, so if you’ve seen the movie already and wanted to check that out, do so. There’s a bunch of deleted scenes and extended scenes, plus a good amount of bloopers and outtakes. I know there would be a lot of outtakes since the Firefly/Serenity DVDs were filled with it. Another bonus feature I watched was Nathan Fillion giving a tour of the set, and goofing off like usual. There’s a few other things to watch but I didn’t get to watch those. But thankfully, there’s a lot of stuff to check out.

Slither is a B-horror flick that will make you squirm one minute, and make you laugh your ass off the next. It walks that line of comedy and horror quite well and if you like movies like Tremors and Shaun of the Dead, than Slither is your type of movie!

Features:
– Deleted Scenes
– Extended Scenes
– Gag Reel
– Bringing Slither’s Creatures to Life
– Slithery Set Tour with Nathan Fillion
– A Making Of: The Sick Minds and Slimy Days of Slither
– Feature Commentary with Director James Gunn and Actor Nathan Fillion
– And More!

Audio:
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Video:
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

Subtitles:
English, Spanish, French

Favorite Scenes: I think any scene with the Mayor in it was fun to watch. His lines in the movie were hilarious and he was so obknoxious too!
Rating: R
Running Time: 96 minutes
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