The Drudgeon reviews Slither

Slither 96 min., 2006
Written by James Gunn
Directed by James Gunn
Language: English
My rating: ★★★★★

Fun, fun and more fun!

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Late one night a meteor lands in the backwoods of Woodsville.  A little later a man by the name of Grant Grant (yep Grant Grant) (Michael Rooker) is there with Brenda Gutierrez (Brenda James) after his wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks) didn’t want to have sex, but instead of sex they check out a strange thing that came from the meteor.  As it is crawling away a little spike that shakes, shoots out into Grant’s chest.  He falls to the ground and you see it (X-ray wise) crawl into his brain.  We then switch to Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion), a local cop that has just been promoted.  He is at the local bar with most of the town, including the very vocal mayor (Gregg Henry), celebrating the local deer hunting starting.  Grant Grant goes to see Brenda again, but this time he infects her.  After a little more time they end up finding Brenda who has now blown up to a large balloon, that pops and lets loose about a billion little slugs that start to infect the townspeople.  Now it’s up to Starla, Bill and a few others to save the town, hell the world, from the outer space menace.

The acting is great all around in the movie.  Nathan Fillion pulls off a great performance.  Normally he plays the roll of the extremely tough guy, but in this he plays a very uncomfortable and shy guy, and he does it without problem.  Of course Michael Rooker does a great job as he always does.  The surprise to me was Elizabeth Banks who does a great job making her character very believable and she shows that she should actually be in more horror movies.

Normally I’m not a fan of CG, but in this movie it actually works (well for the most part).  The biggest problem is when there is a ton of CG going on at once, because that really shows that it’s CG.  When there are only a few of the slugs on screen and it is CG, it’s a lot harder to notice, because it is mixed with “real” and CG so it seems to flow a lot better.  The rest of the effects, especially the ones used on Grant Grant, are just great.  Even when one of the locals is cut in half and it’s obviously CG, it’s still just a blast to watch.

This movie is still a whole lotta fun to watch.  Acting is great with Fillion and Rooker bringing in some awesome performances.  The effects are just a whole lotta fun and James Gunn shows that he knows what the hell he is doing behind the camera.  He has a good eye for what is going to look good and his use of camera angles is a very nice touch.  Has this plot been done before?  Yep.  But has it been done better?  Yep.  But has there been one done that is as funny as this one?  Nope.  James Gunn took a story that has been done and paid homage to all of it’s forefathers but at the same time adding his own touch to it and making it a whole lotta fun to watch.  The only real downfall (in my eyes) is the over use of swearing.  It was swearing for the sake of swearing which just gets annoying to me.

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I don't remember my real name or where I came from. All I know is that I'm traped in an underground cave with nothing but a TV, DVD player and a notebook and pen. They keep calling me The Drudgeon, I don't even know what that means. Someone keeps dropping horror movies in and yelling at me to watch them and write about what I watch. Then I eat the DVD and case, because they tell me if I consume the horror I will understand the horror. I think there are three of them. So if you are reading this right now, HELP ME!!!!!!! OUCH!!!! Someone just poked me with a sea urchin attacked to a pool cue, what the fuck is going on?
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3 Responses to The Drudgeon reviews Slither

  1. John Bruni says:

    “I’m Bill Pardy.”

  2. Lackey says:

    It takes a Nathan of Fillions to hold us back.

  3. Lackey says:

    Normally he [Nathan Fillion] plays the roll of the extremely tough guy

    Does he?

    I’m not an expert on his career, but I’ve seen a decent range of his roles (this, Firefly/Serenity, a couple of episodes of Castle, the first episode of Dr. Horrible and the episode of Lost where he played Kate’s husband) and honestly the only one I’d describe as being an “extremely tough guy” is Captain Hammer (and that’s essentially supposed to be a parody).

    I tend to think of his signature performance–the one he uses for Mal Reynolds and Richard Castle–as reasonably a competent and capable person who tries to cover for his perceived weaknesses by being snarky and sarcastic. Tougher than average but not “extremely” by any stretch of the imagination.

    For example, Mal isn’t the captain of Serenity because he’s the toughest customer on board (he’s only the fourth-toughest, after River, Jayne and Zoe–you’re supposed to be surprised by how big of a badass River turns out to be, but in light of both Whedon’s tendencies and Summer Glau’s recent career choices, it hardly counts a spoiler) but because he’s the only one who wants to be in charge and he can wield authority with enough credibility and effectiveness to keep Jayne in line.

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