With housecats turning into hellcats and townsfolk morphing into zombies, strange things are happening in the small burg of Wheelsy. Now, it's up to Sheriff Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion) and the concerned wife (Elizabeth Banks) of one of the town's richest citizens to keep their wits about them as they uncover the dark forces at work. James Gunn writes and directs this creepy horror tale, his first project since the sleeper hit Dawn of the Dead. -netflix
Grant Grant (Michael Rooker), while cheating on his wife out in the woods, stumbles upon a meteorite that has crash landed to Earth. He is subsequently infected by the alien life form which eventually transforms him into a giant squid-like creature. Hell-bent on complete domination of the folks in this small town (these things always seem to happen in small towns), him and his fellow alien slugs embark on infecting everyone. The town's only hope is Sheriff Bill Pardy, played by Nathan Fillion, whose dry comedy delivery helps make the movie.
Slither is a great horror/comedy, which is largely an homage to many earlier horror movies. Depending on whom you ask, I have heard it compared to such horror movies as The Deadly Swarm, The Fly, The Toxic Avenger, Basket Case, Night of the Creeps, Shivers, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Night of the Living Dead, The Blob, Society, Tremors, and I Married A Monster From Outer Space. As an homage film, it is not a very original concept... but the way it was done made me feel like I had never seen any of the cliches bandied about before. The gore levels were pretty high and the effects were very good, especially the very impregnated woman who exploded. The slugs moved around creepily, finding their way into people's mouths and squid Grant was a pretty nasty sight.
While Slither was not a horror masterpiece, it would make it to my top 50 most entertaining horror movies of all time. It is a fun movie to watch and I just don't know how anyone could not enjoy this movie. The writing was good and the dialogue was fairly humorous. It seems like a monumental feat to me, given it is a movie that emulated so many classic horror films and still managed to be clever on it's own. If I had to make a complaint about Slither, it is that I wanted to see more of the bathtub scene with cutey Tania Saulnier.
Fans of gore and horror/comedy romps should give this one a look. Gather your friends; crack open some cans of suds and let the fun begin... it is a good time.