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Slither

 (2,282)6.51 h 35 min2006X-RayR
A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.
Directors
James Gunn
Starring
Nathan FillionElizabeth BanksGregg Henry
Genres
Science FictionComedyHorror
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Supporting actors
Michael Rooker
Producers
Paul BrooksEric Newman
Studio
AMC Plus Horror
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

2282 global ratings

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MonsterZeroNJReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Slither special edition gives new life to an underrated flick!
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Slither is a fun and delightfully gory horror/comedy from Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn, that is sadly overlooked and underrated…until now! Once again the awesome folks at Scream Factory have given a flick the respect and treatment it deserves with this new special edition. This title in particular has always been a personal favorite and this disc was obviously anxiously awaited. Let’s find out if it delivered…

On a technical level the film image is clear and sharp with some nice contrast, while maintaining the original color palette that Gunn filmed it in. The flesh tones, both human and in-human being the most vibrant colors aside from the gore. The movie is presented in the original 1.85.1 aspect ratio, preserving the film’s original dimensions. The sound is in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio with alternate 2.0 DTS-HD for those without home theater sound systems. The original extras from the DVD are presented in the video format ratio of 1:33:1 that they were filmed in. Remember it was 2006 and the TVs those extras were made for still came in the square format.

Now on to the extensive extras which make this disc so worth having!…

Scream Factory has added some new features in addition to including all the fun extras from the initial DVD release. We get new commentary from James Gunn with Nathan Fillion and Michael Rooker, aside from the original commentary with Gunn and actor Nathan Fillion. We also get new interviews with both writer/director Gunn and actor Gregg Henry and it is interesting to hear Gunn reminisce about the flick now that he’s had such success with the Guardians of the Galaxy films. From there we get deleted and extended scenes with optional James Gunn commentary. We get a step by step of some of the film’s visual FX. We get a fun tour of the set with actor Nathon Fillion, followed by an amusing profile of his character Bill Pardy. There’s a documentary from the original release called The Sick Minds And Slimy Days Of Slither. One of the FX crew humorously gives us a fake blood recipe in Brewing The Blood. There is another FX documentary about how the slimy critters were brought to life and a short video diary with Troma creator Lloyd Kaufman on set for a cameo, which sadly was cut from the final print. The extras wrap up with a fun gag reel and the original theatrical trailer. A nice batch of extras for a movie only now starting to get the notice it deserves.

This is a personal favorite and a flick that is finally finding an audience after being overlooked upon initial release. It’s a fun horror/sci-fi flick that pays homage to many of it’s influences, yet not without having it’s own identity. If you’re a fan of the film, it’s a must have disc. If you are just discovering James Gunn through his Guardian’s movies, than this is definitely an item you may want to check out. Another great disc from Scream Factory.
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J. WrightReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gory, Gooey Sci-Fi Horror Throwback That is Brilliant
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My love for this movie started the day I saw it in theaters. It was weird, but after the opening scene, establishing the Mayor honking and yelling vulgarities, going to a talk about "Survival of the Fittest" where Elizabeth Banks asks in a kind of dopey southern accent if humans or cockroaches are the more successful species, I knew that this was my kind of product. I had an idea of what was ahead of me, but at that point (and noting that the town of Wheelsy where our story takes place has a high school with the mascot 'The Cooters') I felt like I was right where I belonged. The movie does hit half a dozen horror scenarios (i.e. giant alien slugs, dual tentacle injectors, acid-spitting zombies, etc.), but it never felt like it was just going from one reference to another. "Slither" has an organic plot that stops at those points when writer/director James Gunn fits them in, and the timing between the scares and the laughs hits "Evil Dead"-related highs. This is one of my favorite horror-comedies right up there with "Evil Dead 2." The references are aplenty, so horror movie, specifically sci-fi horror movie, knowledge helps one enjoy this classic work of camp but such knowledge isn't necessary. Plus anyone who has seen "A Nightmare on Elm Street" can spot a 'bathtub scene'reference from a mile a way- just look at the cover. I just can't sufficiently put into words how happy this movie makes me, so I won't try any more.
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Avid readerReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
And now for something completely different......
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Set in what has to be a backwoods hick town, one knows it will be different when one sees the sign on a boarded up business of ‘Auctioneers & Funeral Home’. And the police, lead by Chief Bill, seem often short of a full deck. The prettiest woman in the town, Stella, married the rich guy, Grant Grant. But Grant strays, and comes across something that came from outer space, pokes at it, and the rest is history. There starts to be a lot of disappearances of animals and a woman, and they figure out where the next attack might be, and stake it out. They see a bloated creature like a squid, and chase it to a barn. In the barn they see a massive “balloon” with the face of Brenda in the middle. They tell Brenda she is just ‘sick’ and they will get her to the hospital. They talk to the monstrosity as if they are chatting with a normal person, all deadpan. Well, the ‘balloon’ explodes, sending slug like creatures everywhere, turning people into zombies. And those zombies move fairly quickly. It is up to Chief Bill to save the day. There is a lot of gore, a lot of grossness, and a lot of humor which all add up to make this a fun movie to watch. And the special effects are actually done quite well. Likely real for the most part, not CGI.
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Raul AndersonReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Solid cinema
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I viewed this years ago, enjoyed it then, enjoyed it now, it's a solid movie, and does what director set out for it to do, and that is to seamlessly entertain you through dark satire, combined with horror, gotcha moments, a bit of sexy overtones and more.

Example of parody is the scene where obviously her husband had mutated beyond what a doctor could do to help him, but with a serious face she's like 'Honey, we can help you, come back with us and the doctor can make you whole again'....or something to that effect.

I initially got agitated at that scene until I realized 'OK, they're messing with the audience'.

Right when you're about to say 'How could he/she be so stupid', is when you realize it's a dark parody moment.

And the movie holds up very well, no CG used on up close pictures of the creature, other than like the snake arms and all, but the creature really did look real, slobber and all.

Enjoy
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Todd M.Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Old school Drive-In style horror.
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First… don’t quit before the end of the titles because the final scene is there and it’s actually the ending!

This is one of the better ones if you’re looking for a positive nod to those old horror movies that were often on late night TV or a double feature on the weekends at theaters and Drive-Ins. Adding some humor to it just seemed to make everything work a little better and the casting was great. Normally, these types of movies had fair amounts of females absent clothing and though this one had more than a few scenes for that to have happened it didn’t so, other than language, it was pretty tame. I don’t think there was anything I didn’t like about it other than a few slow spots but there are nods to many films in this one so see how many you can find.
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Mike BrownReviewed in the United States on August 1, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shout! Factory did a great job!
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This review is for the Shout! Factory blu ray release on 1 Aug 2017. As usual, Shout/Scream Factory did another great job on a blu ray with plenty of extras. The new 30 minute interview with director James Gunn is great, as well as the interview with actor Greg Henry (8 mins). There is a new audio commentary by director James Gunn & cast members too. It looks like they ported all the extras over from previous releases as well. The movie itself looks great on blu ray. I thought they did a great job on the practical and optical special effects for this film. Plus, it has a great cast. Michael Rooker, Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, and Greg Henry. All in all a great throwback to horror/comedies of the past with modern day special effects! A must own for James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) fans!
10 people found this helpful
AdamReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Excuse my pun, but this slithers into B-movie masterpiece status!
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Mixing comedy and horror must be tricky, because rarely does cinema achieve the perfect balance between yuks and yuck. The gold standard might be An American Werewolf in London. But if you enjoyed Shaun of the Dead, you really should give Slither a look. Perhaps even worthy of Mystery Science theatre. Written and Directed by James Gunn its creepy,humorous and downright gorey. The special effects are mostly good, too, with something for everyone. The zombie-like victims are lots of fun, as is Gregg Henry, familiar to fans of The Riches on FX. A total must see flick!
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
1 of the great monster movies of all time!
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Slither, one of the greatest monster movies of all time! Why? Because it has a completely disgusting looking alien and doesn’t take itself seriously. That begins with the local high school nickname being Cooters. The story is about Michael Rooker being infested by an alien being which tries to take over a little town. Wait until you see the transformation Rooker goes through, how he infects people, and what they find in a barn. It’s amazing. It’ll also make you yell at your TV! What more could you ask for?
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