Slither DVD

Cast: Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker
Studio: Universal
Rating: 7/10

CORPORATE LINE: Slither is an edgy blend of heart-stopping terror, wry humor and surprising humanity from genre-bending screenwriter James Gunn, whose Dawn of the Dead became one of 2004’s most surprising hits.

The sleepy town of Wheelsy could be any small town in America – somewhat quaint and gentle, peopled with friendly folks who mind their own business. But just beneath the surface charm, something unnamed and evil has arrived…and is growing. No one seems to notice as telephone poles become clogged with missing pet flyers, or when one of the town’s richest citizens, Grant Grant (Michael Rooker), begins to act strangely. But when farmers’ livestock turn up horribly mutilated and a young women goes missing, Sheriff Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion) and his team, aided by Grant’s wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks), uncover the dark force laying siege to their town… and come face-to-face with an older-than-time organism intent on absorbing and devouring all life on Earth.

THE REVIEW: Slither is creepy and funny which is a rare combination for any horror flick. Slither is the rare film where you actually cheer for the critters as they take down the humans.

Slither doesn’t try to be anything more than a cheesy horror flick. Writer/director James Gunn has a silly gross-out horror movie on his hands and he makes the best of it. Even when the film goes completely off the deep-end with the husband Grant turning into a squid that eats puppies his wife still sticks by him through sick and grime. It takes a sense of humor and love for horror films to really enjoy Slither.

THE EXTRAS: The commentary by Director James Gunn and actor Nathan Fillion is interesting and spends a good amount of time going indepth about the making of the movie and other technical aspects.

Bringing “Slither’s” creatures to life is a featurette that shows how the monsters were made and executed. There is an interesting featurette that is a “Slithery” set tour with Nathan Fillion. Also, included is “A Making Of” which is a look into the sick minds and slimy days of “Slither” with behind the scenes footage and interviews. There is also a gag reel, extended scene featurette and deleted scenes.

FRANKLY: Slither is brilliant fun without being campy. It’s one of the most entertaining and original horror flicks in a long time!

+ Charlie Craine

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