Friday, May 19, 2017

Now That Everybody Loves James Gunn, Let’s Watch Slither

An old-fashioned and affectionate tribute to the 50’s alien invasion flick with less Cold War metaphors and updated with CGI tentacle monsters and some random f-bombs, Slither (2006) was writer and director James Gunn’s first movie.  Nathon Fillion portrays Bill Pardy, the police chief for the sleepy little town of Wheelsy, South Carolina, where the biggest event is the annual deer hunting festival, until a meteorite full of alien goo crashes in the woods.  Michael Rooker  as Grant Grant pokes it with a stick, gets stung, develops a taste for raw meat, grows some tentacles, and you can guess what happens next.
Shaun of The Dead (2004) is immediately mentioned when referencing a successful horror comedy but a more appropriate comparison might be to Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010 and coincidentally starring another Firefly alum, Alan Tudyk).  It has the same snappy dialogue that audiences have come to expect from the Guardians of the Galaxy director, but is closer in aesthetics and tone to Alien (1979), The Blob (1958) and especially Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). 
Watch out for a cameo from the director’s then-wife Jenna Fischer, you know, Pam from The Office, as Shelby, the police dispatcher and references to The Thing (1982) and The Toxic Avenger (1984).

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