S.G. Browne

Movie Review Monday: Slither

I’m not sure how I missed this movie when it came out five years ago, but someone recently recommended it to me so I ordered it from Netflix and sat down last night with a pint of Chubby Hubby from Ben & Jerry’s to give it a go.

Written and directed by James Gunn (who also wrote the remake of Dawn of the Dead), Slither is a B-comedy horror film in the tradition of Tremors that does a great job of balancing both the horror and the comedy, with a solid job on the latter.

Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle) stars as the sheriff of Wheelsy, a quiet town in South Carolina that gets overrun by an alien plague of slithering, slug-like creatures that infect the brains of humans and turn them into flesh-eating zombies with a hive mind. And Michael Rooker stars as the tycoon turned into a mutant, octopus-like creature that can split you in half with a flick of his tentacle.

You had me at mutant, octopus-like creature.

With Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry, and supporting roles from a handful of familiar faces (including Jenna Fischer from The Office), Slither has a solid cast to go along with a well-written script and a lot of fun, disgusting special effects. Plus a soundtrack that includes a song from Air Supply. What more could you ask for?

Part comedy, part horror film, part zombie flick, and part alien invasion, Slither is all fun. Just don’t eat any sushi while watching it.

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