Slither In the genre of zombie-alien space slug-comedy-horror, Slither is among the best.

In the small town of Wheelsy, South Carolina, Grant Grant (Michael Rooker) is just unlikable enough to not be made for being host to the aforementioned zombie-alien space slug. His wife (Elizabeth Banks) notices something is wrong, and gets the police chief (Nathan Fillion) involved. He finds Grant’s nest of slugs just in time for them to disgustingly burst forth from their host mother and infect most of the town. Grant, not quite feeling like his old self, still affects the hive-minded slug zombies with his overwhelming love for his wife, but she realizes he’s just not the man she married (it was probably the whole “turning into a giant alien slug creature and absorbing the population of Wheelsy” that gave it away).

Slither is a great horror comedy film, deriving its humour not from silly references or extremely gory/hokey effects – yeah, obviously it has those – but with quirky characters and clever writing, and a cast to make it work.

Recommended for: Watching before or after a completely vegetarian meal.

 

Planet Terror movieIn 2007, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino did some meta film-making to homage lousy exploitation films of the 1970s. Under the name Grindhouse, two films were released as a double feature. One of them was Planet Terror.

After a bio-weapons deal goes south, the chemical agent is released into the air over Texas, mutating not only the ill-intentioned militia involved in the deal into grotesque zombie-like maniacs but also most of the population in a nearby, small Texan town. A few groups of still-humans fight their fights and hole up in a restaurant, only to be captured by the mutant militia.

Planet Terror takes tropes of horror b-movies to the extreme: a go-go dancer with a machine-gun leg, a hyper-sexual physician protecting her son, and a small, literal army of military trained, lucid zombies are a few examples. Rodriguez and Tarantino took extra effort in post-production to get the feel of 1970s low-budget exploitation, using effects to make the digitally-shot movie have the wear and tear of a 40-year-old film reel, including a missing segment.

Recommended for: Fifty-somethings looking for the nostalgia of their teenage drive-ins.

 

Written by Trevor Jeffery

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One Response so far.

  1. Renee Baillargeon says:

    Great review! Everything brought to life so articulately. Now I just have to go see this movie!

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