Slither (2006)

Slither was written and directed by James Gunn and stars Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry, Tania Saulnier and Michael Rooker.

A meteorite crashes in the woods close to a small town. The rather unpleasant Grant (Michael Rooker) stumbles upon it and is subsequently taken over by the alien that came with the meteorite. The alien uses Grant to make his plan of world domination happen, which at first mainly manifests in Grant hoarding and eating loads of meat. Grant’s wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks) and the town sheriff Bill (Nathan Fillion) notice that something is wrong and try to find out – and stop – what’s going on.

Slither is an amazingly funny send-up of and homage to B-movie horror comedies. It’s gory, but never really scary and I just laughed my ass off. Best seen with friends and probably alcohol, but it should definitely be seen.

While the movie is not scary, it does get gory and pretty disgusting towards the end. And I’m saying that though I have a rather high threshold. But it doesn’t get too much.

I think the thing I liked best about this film – apart from Nathan Fillion and Nathan Fillion’s butt, especialy in those pants – was the¬†soundtracking (the music was really good) and soundediting. There were random crescendos (while zooming on missing dog posters or people standing next to pools) which just made me laugh. And the soundeffects of those slugs were great.

The cast was pretty good too. And I’m not only talking about Nathan Fillion, though he is just great. Elizabeth Banks and Tania Saulnier do good jobs (in between the shots of their boobs, which admittedly got a bit much at times). Michael Rooker (and his tentacles) is the star of the show though. Very funny.

We watched it on the train on the way back from Berlin and I think the whole train hated us because we laughed so hard. I can only tip my hat to James Gunn.

Summarising: If you have the tiniest bit of appreciation for the genre, watch Slither.

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