Friday, May 12, 2006


By Reymundo Salao

The sleepy town of Wheelsy could be any small town in America – somewhat quaint and gentle, more like our rural towns here in our country, peopled with friendly folks who mind their own business. But just beneath the surface charm, something unnamed and evil has arrived…and is growing. No one seems to notice as telephone poles become clogged with missing pet flyers, or when one of the town's richest citizens, Grant Grant (Michael Rooker), begins to act strangely. But when farmers' livestock turn up horribly mutilated and a young women goes missing, Sheriff Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion) and his team, aided by Grant's wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks), uncover the dark force laying siege to their town… and come face-to-face with an older-than-time organism intent on absorbing and devouring all life on Earth.

This movie is reminiscent of the B-movie horror classics of the 1980's and 90's like "Critters" and "Ghoulies". And it is intentionally made as an homage to the quirkiness and the bizarreness of these classics. And in addition to that is the creepy humor that goes along with it. This movie may make you puke in horror, but I'm sure it will also make you laugh with many of its bizzaro hilarious scenes.

SLITHER is directed by screenwriter James Gunn, who wrote the re-envisioning of the classic Dawn of the Dead. As his directorial debut, Gunn delivers the good excellently, having a deep and full understanding of the B-movie horror genre, Gunn recreates the spirit of 1980's horror, from the cheesy dialogues, to the quirky music, to the outrageous humor, to the gross creatures of evil. Gunn delivers an A-1 "comedy-gore".

The film stars Nathan Fillion (who was last seen in the sleeper smash sci-fi hit, which was sadly unreleased locally "SERENITY". he is also rumored to be the next Indiana Jones) as the hero Bill Pardy, Elizabeth Banks as Starla Grant, and Michael Rooker as Grant Grant (first name and last name, funny eh?), who is the host-monster in this movie, who plays it really well as a strange quirky "monster-in-human-form" guy.

This is one horror movie that may be gory, but fun. It has no seriously disturbing, mind-etching, nightmare-inducing horror. Rather, it just has a giggle-roaring, EEEWWW-screaming, thrill-ride of nasty b-movie gore. There is really nothing much to say about SLITHER except that you should not underestimate it. It is already a definite sleeper (unexpected, smalltime movies that explode big in the box-office and critical consensus) summer hit in the US. SLITHER is a sure-fun barkada movie. Well, just don’t eat a lot inside the movie while watching it. Hehehe!

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