Slither

Slither

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Director: James Gunn

Cast: James Gunn, Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry

     
 

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A mysterious meteor infected with a deadly alien plague brings chaos to a small hunting town in the feature-length directorial debut of screenwriter James Gunn (Scooby-Doo, Dawn of the Dead). Booted out of bed by his young, trophy-wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks), and in desperate need of some female companionship, wealthy Grant Grant (Michael Rooker) picks

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A mysterious meteor infected with a deadly alien plague brings chaos to a small hunting town in the feature-length directorial debut of screenwriter James Gunn (Scooby-Doo, Dawn of the Dead). Booted out of bed by his young, trophy-wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks), and in desperate need of some female companionship, wealthy Grant Grant (Michael Rooker) picks up bar local floozy Brenda (Brenda James) and heads into the woods for a hedonistic night of extramarital excitement. When a flaming meteor lights up the sky before crashing to the ground nearby, Grant's curiosity gets the best of him and he sets out to find the space rock. Subsequently infected with a rampaging space virus, which he passes along to Brenda, Grant transforms into a horrific, cow-munching monster and begins terrorizing the town. As thousands of squirmy space slugs burrow into the brains of the unsuspecting Wheelsy denizens creating an ever-amassing horde of mindless space zombies, panic grips the small town and it's up to Starla, Sheriff Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion), and gung-ho mayor Jack MacReady (Gregg Henry) to put an end to the infection and save the planet.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A rowdy crowd pleaser that more than makes up for its lack of genuine scares and real tension by offering an amusing barrage of gooey, gory thrills that are sure to have even squeamish viewers giggling with queasy delight, James Gunn's Slither perfectly captures the wild-eyed, B-movie spirit so sorely lacking in sterile modern megaplexes. Its tentacled roots planted firmly in Tromaville and its tongue stuck firmly in cheek, Slither's sole goal is to entertain. Writer/director Gunn certainly seems well versed in the conventions of sci-fi and horror, and when watching Slither it's plain to see just how much fun he enjoys having with them. As much of a tribute as Slither is to previous horrors, though, the charm of Gunn's creepy-crawly horror comedy is that you don't have to be a die-hard genre fan to be in on the joke. Sure horror fans will relish the opportunity to pick out the many visual references cleverly scattered throughout the film and see Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer star Michael Rooker ham it up while wearing a living-room-sized prosthetic piece that must be seen to be believed, but as entertaining as those aspects of the film may be, it's Slither's squishy manic energy and giddy unpredictibility that are likely to win over those just looking for a fun night at the flicks. Of course, the "Browncoats" (read: Firefly fans) coming out to see former Firefly star Nathan Fillion in his first major post-Whedon role will no doubt take joy in seeing the uptight Serenity captain cut loose a little in the role of the good-humored town sheriff, and Fillion's one-time Firefly co-star Gregg Henry offers a hilarious turn as the alien-besieged town's skeptical, self-absorbed mayor. With contemporary horror films so readily willing to fall back on the tried-and-true formula of dunderheaded teens being chased by slash-happy maniacs brandishing pointy shiny things, it's refreshing to see a filmmaker who's willing to break the mold a bit. Though Slither clearly draws on such lesser-known horror flicks as Shivers and The Deadly Spawn for inspiration, Gunn comes out a winner in the end by choosing to parlay his influences into something original instead of simply emulating them. Sure, Slither may not be 100-percent original, but in a creatively devoid cinematic cycle in which a new horror remake seems to open at the box office each week, it's good to know that there are still a few filmmakers out there looking for a way to get under viewers' skin on their own terms.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2006
UPC:
0025192866128
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
26,958

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Extended scenes; Gag reel; Bringing Slither's Creatures to Life; Slithery Set Tour With Nathan Fillion; A Making Of: The Sick Minds and Slimy Days of Slither; Feature commentary with director James Gunn and actor Nathan Fillion

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nathan Fillion Sheriff Bill Pardy
Elizabeth Banks Starla Grant
Gregg Henry Jack MacReady
Michael Rooker Grant Grant
Tania Saulnier Kylie Strutemyer
Brenda James Brenda Gutierrez
Don Thompson Wally

Technical Credits
James Gunn Director,Screenwriter
Marc Abraham Executive Producer
John Axelrad Editor
Tyler Bates Score Composer
Eyde Belasco Casting
Thomas A. Bliss Executive Producer
Paul Brooks Producer
Patricia Hargreaves Costumes/Costume Designer
Bryan C. Knight Asst. Director
Jeff Levine Co-producer
Todd Masters Makeup
Gregory Middleton Cinematographer
Andrew Neskoromny Production Designer
Eric Newman Producer
Scott Niemeyer Executive Producer
Dan Rebert Makeup
Jonathan Shore Associate Producer
William Skinner Sound/Sound Designer
Norm Waitt Executive Producer
Michael Norman Wong Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Slither [WS]
1. Down to Earth [5:26]
2. Fair Game [3:00]
3. Alien Discovery [3:59]
4. Little Bug Bite [2:44]
5. Sensing Change [4:19]
6. Breeding Time [5:44]
7. Got the Muchies [3:23]
8. Dead Meat [5:06]
9. Looking for Squid [3:50]
10. Come in Peace [6:52]
11. So Hungry [4:45]
12. Prehistoric [5:29]
13. According to Nature [3:58]
14. Family Fun Day [4:57]
15. Conscious Disease [4:26]
16. Surrounded [6:15]
17. Here for You [7:19]
18. Fallen Prey [4:47]
19. No Regrets [3:23]
20. End Titles [5:46]

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Slither 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really feel good about this one. It's gory. It has dark humor. It's about alien slugs. It really keeps you going, and if nothing else is worth the rent. I'm a picky person when it comes to horrors, but this one was good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has its good moments, I liked it enough to recommend it to anyone who likes good campy horror flicks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has it all. Alien slugs, monsters, zombies, acid-spitting, gore, and comedy. Check it out if your a fan of comedy horror.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great throwback to 80s horror and uses make up masterfully unlike modern cgi techniques.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Gunn is a genius in scriptwriting, and he is a very rare species of people making it in the Hollywood scene without selling out. His scripts always show his true sense of humor and cynicism. He always puts a lot of Troma in there. Before Directing and writing Slither he wrote a number of highly successful theatrical hits, and he managed to make even Scooby Doo highly enjoyable and even did the impossible by writing an absolutely amazing script for the remake of absolute classic amongst classics of horror-films Dawn of the Dead - something me and many others always thought of as being totally impossible. However brilliant, none of Gunn's scripts, including Slither, although it comes close, are as GENIUS as the first one he ever wrote to be made in a film: Tromeo and Juliet, directed by Lloyd Kaufman "with Gunn as assistant director". Although not selling out, is it clear that all films for larger studio's need some concessions here and there, while Tromeo and Juliet has none of that, and truly shows Gunns genius without any restrictions "and it is, incidentally available on a tenth anniversary double disc, with huge contributions of James Gunn himself!!". All this said I can only conclude that Slither is a fantastic film, with a script as good as or maybe even better than his DAWN remake, and with it James Gunn shows he is perfect for directing his own work, because the film as a whole is far better than DAWN. An absolute must see, must have. The DVD also includes a very enjoyable video diary by independent film-legend Lloyd Kaufman, who has a cameo in Slither.
Guest More than 1 year ago
no wonder people were reminded of night of the creeps. this was an alright movie that had its funny moments but for the most part was just sick and downright disgusting. love Nathan Fillion who was just awesome in Serenity. in case you do see this beware of weird slug like creatures and weird scenes and that it is rated r. was it just me or did Elizabeth Banks look a little like Rachel McAdams?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago