Reviewed by: Joseph Martinez
Every time you buy a movie ticket or rent a video you are casting a vote telling Hollywood “That’s what I want.” Why does Hollywood continue to promote immoral programming? Are YOU part of the problem?
|Featuring:||Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, Gregg Henry, Tania Saulnier, William MacDonald|
|Director:||James Gunn (Scooby-Doo / Dawn of the Dead)|
|Producer:||Eric Newman, Gregory Middleton|
“What Ever You Do… Don’t Scream.”
This film is set in a small American town that becomes infested with alien organisms which enter humans and take over their bodies. The heroes try to fight the aliens and save the planet from being overtaken.
From what I now understand, “Slither” is supposed to be ridiculous. Going in, I had no idea that was the premise. I viewed this film actually thinking it was supposed to be a “quirky” horror film—not a stupid one. Perhaps I should have known better since James Gunn, whose previous writing credits include the “horrific” “Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed”, wrote and directed this film. “Slither” is one of those films where you laugh at it—and not with it.
The film is supposed to be a tribute to classic B-films, but, in my opinion, it fails miserably. What made B-films work was that audiences back then were less sophisticated. In this digital era we expect more, like realistic effects—as well as a great story. A greater tribute would have been raising the bar and not lowering the standard.
Nathan Fillion and Elizabeth Banks are two talented actors who obviously need work. They do their best with a ridiculous story, terrible dialog and bad direction.
Overall, this film is not quirky, funny or interesting. It is stupid and gross. The humor and language are inappropriate for the immature teen audience for which this film seems targeted. In all honesty, I think most people will find it to be a waste of time and money. I do enjoy comedies and can go to a theater and have “fun,” but this film was absolutely atrocious.
Save your time and money, and skip this low-budget and embarrassing film. If you decide to go see it, please do not take children or teenagers, as there are many adult themes in this R-rated film.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Moderate