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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, silly fun
'Slither' is made unabashedly as homage to the 'body horror' films of the late seventies/early eighties. Think Cronenberg's 'Shivers' and 'Rabid', John Carpenter's 'The Thing', the eighties remake of 'The Blob', 'Society' etc. It reminds us of the joys of physical special effects rather than all that yawn-inducing CGI stuff that we are supposed to get excited about...
Published on 28 Oct. 2006 by Rhinoman

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stupid, but brilliant at it
Slither is an interesting movie. It's a B-movie with a B-movie cast that doesn't have anything going for it. There should be nothing in this movie to make it work, but somehow it does.

Slither is one of the funniest horrors in recent years. The whole film is done with a knowing smile and doesn't take itself to seriously - a boxing dear?

Nathan...
Published on 6 Oct. 2006 by Mike Jonze


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, silly fun, 28 Oct. 2006
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Rhinoman (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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'Slither' is made unabashedly as homage to the 'body horror' films of the late seventies/early eighties. Think Cronenberg's 'Shivers' and 'Rabid', John Carpenter's 'The Thing', the eighties remake of 'The Blob', 'Society' etc. It reminds us of the joys of physical special effects rather than all that yawn-inducing CGI stuff that we are supposed to get excited about nowadays. 'Slither' has no unreasonable aspirations to greatness; but on its own modest terms it is a small masterpiece of B-movie fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Watching, 7 Oct. 2006
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Andrew Kerr (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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In the past I've always found that a horror comedy film either works splendidly and is side splittingly funny (like Idle Hands) or fails miserably (like The Bogus Witch Project) and ends up being as funny as cancer. Thankfully I have to say that despite a few failings, Slither works well... very well.

The film is based on slug-like alien parasites that crash on Earth from a meteor, and 'infect' an unlucky man before they attempt to take over the population of the town turning them into zombie hosts. Slither has a lot of positive things going for it. We are given a lot of great gore that will please the horror fan in us all, plus we're also given a good degree of suspense, and to be honest the film is actually pretty frightening in places (such as the bathtub scene.) While not being an original idea, the script has obviously been well thought out and planned as everything fits together nicely and it has a solid plot. And thanks to good casting all around the stars of Slither are excellent in their roles. The characters are great and very funny at times especially the town mayor. The special effects are excellent, well above what I was expecting. I thought that the aliens were fantastic (who would have thought that big slugs from outer space could be scary) and the intergalactic romance (while not usually my cup of tea) has been done well and again is rather funny. As I've mentioned Slither is not an original film and is more of a remake / spoof, but it works so well that I sure we can let that 'pass.'

Despite all that, I'll admit that it's not perfect. I found the dialogue to be a bit tacky in places. Some of the action scenes could have been better, and while it is one of those films that are not meant to be taken seriously it is rather too far fetched even for me.

But overall Slither is a very entertaining film that is well worth watching. I enjoyed it a lot. Granted it is not a film for everyone and has a few faults, but the entertainment value is through the roof. It's great to be scared one second, then laughing the next. I'm sure you've heard and read bad things about the film, but give it a chance and I doubt you will be disappointed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stupid, but brilliant at it, 6 Oct. 2006
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Slither is an interesting movie. It's a B-movie with a B-movie cast that doesn't have anything going for it. There should be nothing in this movie to make it work, but somehow it does.

Slither is one of the funniest horrors in recent years. The whole film is done with a knowing smile and doesn't take itself to seriously - a boxing dear?

Nathan Fillion also brings his easy-going Firefly charm and makes the character his own. In other hands, the sherriff could have come across as all serious and annoy, but Fillion, makes him fun and sarcastic.

There's no plot, but the gore is great and most of the horrific sequences are funny at the same time. With Elements of Society and The Thing (referenced in flashbacks to creatures home world), you can't go wrong with this film.

One of the smartest dumb films ever!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One out of 20 ani't bad, 4 April 2007
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Mr. Paul Higbee "YZF750RR" (Mablethorpe, Lincs. UK) - See all my reviews
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Well done, Rhinoman, you are the only one who included the link to the original seventies film. The iconic link was there of the girl in the bath from the original, but this time the 'slither' wriggled atop the serface and entered via the mouth. In the original, the 'slither' was either intoduced to the bath by a man in a white coat and it swam underwater, or it came into the bath via the overflow, you can guess the rest. But, this film was rather funny, we laughed at quite a few points. It's romp and well worth renting, as we did. Heartedly recommended, take it as face value, you will enjoy.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars humour splattered everywhere, 8 Oct. 2006
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This offers nothing new. So many horror, sci-fi and zombie flicks are raided that you'll have a hard time naming every referance that goes zooming by. In particular George A. Romero, 50's invaders films and an ending that is lifted straight from Brian Yuzna's 'Society',.

But these referances are all done tongue in cheek and with a careful eye for detail.

The story is cheesy all the way as small town America gets clobbered by a meteorite carrying a less than friendly alien. Pretty soon it has 'taken over' someone and sent it's slug like offspring off to take over everyone it finds. Before long the local sheriff and a small band of helpers are all thats left to fight the little buggers off.

That's about it really and good job too. This doesn't pretend to be anything other than an homage to all films creepy and sci-fi and to keep the humour going as long as possible. For the most part it manages to keep the viewer entertained throughout as the pace is quick and no scene hangs around for very long,(bit like most of the people we're introduced to!),.

The effects are varied in quality from fine to downright tatty,( one scene of the sheriff fighting a psycho deer is pretty awful), but this doesn't detract any more than it does in those ropey sci-fi films of the 50's.

The real saving grace is the humour as the characters all react with total disbelief to the lunacy going on around them. All the performances are fine.

It's only in the final 15 minutes that it seems the film runs out of ideas and finishes fairly weakly,(wait for the credits to end), and the humour begins to dry up.

All in all though it's a fair attempt and is certainly way better than a lot of the big budget blockbuster tat being served up regularly. At least the writer/ director, ( James Gunn who wrote the re-make of 'dawn of the dead'), presumes you have a brain and know your stuff.

Be warned that funny though this is it still has a lot of gruesome and bloody scenes that are unsuitable to those of a nervous disposition. The language is pretty hairy throughout as well.

The picture is fine, there are a lot of dark scenes and the picture holds up well throughout. So too the surround sound is clear and although the effects channels are not as heavily used as would be liked what's there is well seperated and effective.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Just a little bug bite" !!!!, 22 April 2012
This is an above average 1950s-style creature feature in which the Earth is once more invaded - this time by creepy, slithery alien slugs.

It starts with a meteor crashing in craptown USA. From then on, something is in the woods lurking & it aint friendly.

Soon, the 'infected' humans have a hunger for fresh meat....

The acting is hammy & the film is full of humour. The special effects are actually really good & the slugs much scarier than they sound.

The attacks start as the slugs take control, how will our small town sheriff get to grips with this? Throw in a love interest & we're ready to go.

I really enjoyed this movie, the actors do their job, the special effects are bang on.

Get some popcorn & maybe a huge bag of salt & enjoy...
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT RIGHT NOW!!!!, 8 Sept. 2006
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This is a great film, it really is! It's very funny, don't worry it doesn't try to be funny. Its jokes are from geniune every day human reactions. the silly kind. Its not the rubbish humour like '8 legged freaks' or 'evolution' trying so desperately to be funny, but failing miserably. It's a dark comedy horror thats actually funny. It's also very gross, gory and jumpy. Using primal fears of humans to freak you out. There are things you probably haven't seen in a film before! This would definatley be watch a few times. If your not sure you want to buy it then at least rent it! But, I doubt you'll be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The rural town of Wheelsy, host to all weird and wonderful slimy things, 30 Jan. 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Slither is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, Gregg Henry & Tania Saulnier.

For his debut full length feature film, James Gunn has paid homage to the B movie sci-fi and horror schlockers that he fell in love with over the years. Accepting this from the off and not expecting something totally fresh will, one feels, enhance the viewing experience. On its initial release the film was met with some laughable criticism from internet dwellers upset that Gunn's movie was lifting from some of their favourite low grade shockers. Laughable because it's not like he was trying to hide it. Besides which, Slither is actually a hugely enjoyable film, a loving homage, not a rip-off, and part of the fun is spotting the references in the film. Be it scenes or snatches of music and dialogue.

The premise is pure sci-fi schlock, after a meteorite crashes in the rural town of Wheelsy, the unfortunate Michael Rooker finds that it was not a good idea to go investigate the pulsing thing out on the grass. Pretty soon he is resembling an alien squid thingy and after taking a "partner" (Brenda James) it's not long before thousands of bloody coloured slugs are attacking the town and turning them into zombies. Enter a small band of misfits led by Fillion's sheriff who start to fight back.

What follows are a series of gooey scenes a freak out moments played for fun by a cast enjoying themselves playing OTT characters. With some of the dialogue that accompanies said scenes laugh out loud funny. Most of the comedy falls to Fillion and Henry, who in turn provide deadpan and uproarious delivery. While it's nice to have not one, but two spunky heroines in the shapely forms of Banks and Saulnier. It could be argued a touch that entering the last straight the hat tipping nods are looking tired, while an attempt to make Rooker's creature sympathetic like Frankenstein/Brundlefly seems out of place. But two itches aside, this is undeniably a funny and gloopy treat. What it lacks in fresh ideas it more than makes up for in its ability to entertain whilst doing credit to the genres it is born from. 7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun B-movie homage, 27 Mar. 2011
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Mark G. (East Anglia) - See all my reviews
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Just like The Blob, Slither starts off with a meteor crashing to Earth bringing an alien lifeform along with it.
And, just like The Blob, the first thing that anyone does when they encounter it is prod it with a stick. This time though, the stick wielder is the man with the same forename and surname, Mr. Grant Grant (Michael Rooker) and before you know it Grant's going through some...changes.

During these changes Grant gets to introduce the ladies to his new, er, appendages and get down to some impregnating. Grant's odd behaviour has not gone unoticed and when his wife discovers his dead animal collection, he gets a tad annoyed with her and so it's time for the police to round up a possee and track him down.

The possee set out after Grant and discover his impregnated lady friend, although calling her heavily pregnant would be a major understatement. Soon the town is being invaded by slithering slug worms and infected/possesed humans.

A fun film that harks back to the old B-movies of the 50's, only with added gore and some fantastic prosthetics. It might not do anything too original but it is fun and entertaining. Admittedly, 4 stars is a touch generous (it's more of a 3.5) but I had fun watching this and sometimes that's enough.

Oh, there's a tiny little snippet (about 10 seconds) right at the end of the credits that hints of more to come.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Grab your Slug pellets, 6 Sept. 2006
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Grab your Slug pellets

Ok, first things first, there's no denying it, this movie is really stupid.

It's often ridiculous, over the top and it's totally brainless. Crucially though, if approached in the right frame of mind of course, James Gunn' (ex of Troma Films and writer of the Dawn of the Dead remake) sci-fi hokum, Slither is jolly good fun.

The out of the way hick town of Wheelsy entertains a parasitic alien invasion, when an asteroid crashes in the backwoods. Things then take a turn for the decidedly slimy, bloody and gory worse when Michael Rooker's ageing town big-shot drunkenly stumbles across the oozing alien and begins to make a teensy bit of an odd transformation.

Comedy Horror has been a little pretentious of late, what with post-modern scare fests like Scream, I Know What You......, Urban Legends et al and the ultra modern, gruesome and gritty interpretations of horror (Hostel, Saw, The Hills Have Eyes remake), it's been a while since a true b-movie in the guise of the 50's double bills and the splatter of the 80's straight to video output has graced the silver screen.

Police Chief Bill Pardy (Serenity's Nathan Fillion) reluctantly sets out to stop the alien horde as the parasitic virus turns the entire crop of local's into Zombie like meat-eaters.

Entrails and appendages make up only one part of Slither's appeal, though. While Michael Rooker's shambling horde takes over the town and increasingly disgusting mutants go on the offensive (watch out for the killer deer!), Gunn underwrites the carnage with a parched sense of humour that provokes barking belly laughs to off-set the offal. A string of artfully delivered one-liners and deftly handled exchanges crackle through the script, the (quite intentional) comedy not only adding substance but hoisting Slither above its schlocky source material.

It's no surprise that the majority of laughs are ably captured by Fillion, showing off the knack for deadpan delivery previously tapped by Joss Whedon in Serenity. As Pardy, he fills out the role of an unlikely hero dealing with extraordinary events, bringing bumbling affability to a part that could so easily have been lost to square jaws, steely eyes and other clumsy stereotypes.

Take Slither too seriously and your missing the point, treat it as an old fashioned dumb but fun slice of entertainment however and your in for a shclocky but funny experience.
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