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Slither (2006)

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"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 woman 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."

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Review Date: 29 April 2006 My Rating: out of 5


James Gunn is back with his directorial debut, and itís one of the funniest movies Iíve seen in ages, and whatís even better is that itís all done with intent.

Michael Rooker plays Grant Grant, a man who adores his younger trophy wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks). Late one night after a heated argument, Grant goes out to a bar and ends up fooling around in the woods with a girl heís known since his teenage years. The chick comes on too strong and Grant is about to leave when he is infected by an alien parasite. Grant soon begins to undergo changes and quickly mutates into a horrible squid monster with both gooey and funny results. Grant and his army of slimy beasties inevitably begin to infect the other residents of the town of Wheelsy and they soon become zombie like hosts to the parasitic slugs.

The best thing about Slither hands down is James Gunnís writing. He creates a wonderful environment and fills it full of colourful characters to the delight of the audience. This leads nicely to the cast who were expertly gathered and do a wonderful job at bringing the aforementioned characters to life. Nathan Fillion and Gregg Henry work well against each other and Fillion also manages to have great chemistry with both Elizabeth Banks and Tania Saulnier.

The effects, which were largely practical, are amazing to watch and the gore comes at you quickly, amidst a series of expertly handled horror homages. Be sure also to look out for cameos by Troma head honcho Lloyd Kaufman and Gunn himself.

Slither uses all the old tricks in a new and exciting way to ensure that true horror fans will enjoy this laugh out loud comedy horror hybrid.

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