There is something to be said for a horror movie that is just gross. Something where the imagery, can make your stomach churn. The Thing accomplished this feel, and so did James Gunn debut film, Slither.

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Slither is about a small town that is attacked by an alien parasite. The parasite infects a local named Grant, played by Michael Rooker. Through him, the parasite goes on to infect the rest of the residents of the town. A small group tries to stop him, led by Bill, played by Nathan Fillion, and Starla, played by Elizabeth Banks.

This leads to a lot of very funny, and also very gross scenes. The movie is full of the usual dark humor from James Gunn. The movie is twisted and is a testament to what Gunn can do with an R rating. He does not hold back, and the practical effects he uses for the deformed monster Grant becomes after becoming infected, are great. There are also a lot of digital effects, which look fine, but the real treat are the effects that are practical

At one point, Grant manages to impregnate a local woman. And, well I just have to show you, there is no good way to explain it.

That is gross, but also awesome, and scary. The idea of slugs, ripping out of a woman, and trying to get into my mouth, is scarier than anything in most other horror movies. I can’t speak for everyone, but I am way more scared of something trying to get inside me and use me as a host than I am of some machete-wielding psychopath.

The acting is great, and the characters are all interesting. They are not all likable, in fact, a few are very unlikable. But they are almost all well written. The characters who get screen time, are not wasted. I understand why they do the things they do. They are not flat characters.

One small complaint I have is that the CGI on the slugs could be a bit better. It is not awful, but it is clear they are effects added in post. Which o be fair, may not be anyone’s fault. The film did not have a huge budget. They most likely did the best they could, and since everything else looks great, I can give it a pass.

Unfortunately, Slither did not get traction early and ended up bombing at the box office. It would go on to become a cult hit, but the success was too late to earn it a sequel. With James Gunn now being a known director, it would probably do better know, but he is a bit busy with the Guardians of the Galaxy movies for now. I would love to see Gunn make another horror movie in the future though. I would also love him to get a chance to direct another R rated movie where he can really show off his imagination.

But despite the financial failure, it did get recognized by critics and showed off Gunn’s talent as a director and writer. It is a fantastic movie.

8/10