31 in 31: Slither

Story: Slimy gummi space worms from outer space. And doom.

Scares: Even though this is a send-up of monster movies, there’s some genuine chills sprinkled throughout.

Splat factor: High. The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out…and everywhere else. The infected spew, chew & explode.

Closing scene “shocker”?: After the end credits wrap up there’s a quick one. Sneeze and you’ll miss it.

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?:  Though the slugs reminded me of red Night of the Creeps crawlies, this is an original.

Trick or Treat?:  It’s like the house where you get a little bag of treats instead of just one candy bar; with Slither you get more than you think, and that’s a good thing.  Nathan Fillion + genre movie = AWESOME.  Fillion does a great job treading the line between scary & all-out camp. Sheriff Bill is a mix of Captain Hammer and Mel.  And this movie is a mix of zombie movie and alien monster fest, giving horror fans a look at all sorts of cool FX, and all manner of ways for the hapless townsfolk to freak the hell out.  This movie didn’t get enough love at the box office, something that happened to James Gunn’s Super as well.  That’s a shame, they’re both good.  Since this is a literal slugfest, it’s a great double feature with Night of the Creeps. Schlocky fun for everyone, with a few good creepy scenes. Proof that camp & horror can blend together if folks know what they’re doing.

Score:      out of 5 pumpkins.

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