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humour splattered everywhere,
This review is from: Slither [DVD] (DVD)
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.