The 1950s were rife with creature features in which aliens from other worlds invaded and stood a good chance of taking over the planet. Most notable among these were Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing. Both of these remade and imitated over the years.
Slither is made in this vein and pays tribute to the style quite well. Instead of taking itself too seriously, Slither knows how to have fun with its subject matter. The basic premise is that something falls from space and manages to infect a man named Grant Grant (Michael Rooker). He then becomes even more of a bastard than he was before, but only marginally so. Of course he needs to find other hosts for our interstellar visitors. Grant's wife Starla bravely tries to help her husband through his changes (think midlife crisis on steroids... space steroids), but is only able to go so far to humor him. The aliens need a huge protein base for their diet and Grant begins to amass a huge collection of meat (check the deleted scenes for a peek into his meat organization methods).
I won't fully describe the life cycle of the aliens as that's a big part of the fun, but eventually we see scores of little red slugs menacing the townspeople of Wheelsy in an attempt to gain access to their mouths and, I assume, their brain stems. There are the inevitable encounters with infected hosts who can't be trusted. You can tell the bad ones because they spew nasty green snot at their victims.
This is a gross, funny, white-knuckle creature feature that will have you laughing, squirming, and screaming.
Slither is directed by James Gunn who wrote the screenplays for both live-action Scooby-Doo films and the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead.
Extra features include shorts on the special effects, a gag reel, extended and deleted scenes, commentary and even a fun little how-to on making theatrical blood with everyday materials.
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