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Slither

I'm not a big fan of horror films, of any ilk, really, but for some unknown reason, the moment you set it in a backwater town, and make a bunch of Southern hicks the heroes, I'm totally there.

Slither is a zombie horror film set in a dead end town somewhere in the South of America, where everyone speaks in that Southern accent, and everyone except for the main characters in the film, is somewhat on the ugly side. On the pretty male side, you have Nathan Fillion, last seen as Mal in Serenity, and essentially playing a Mal who uses fuck and shit instead of a Chinese equivalent that can't be blocked out by the censors. What that means is that we see Fillion as Mal Bill Pardy pine after a woman he can't have, act as the leader for a bunch of people who are somewhat gun happy, and generally try and save the day with some shooting and heroics. Elizabeth Banks plays Starla, the pretty girl married to an older man, and who Bill pines after, and who he will attempt to rescue when all the zombies kidnap her to take her back to the mutated evil that has feelings for her. Rounding out the pretty people is Tania Saulnier, who plays Kylie, the highschool girl who isn't played by a highschool girl, and who after having a thick red slug pushed into her mouth, learns all there is to know about the alien-zombie menace and therefor becomes the Answer Girl.

"What will happen when I jump off this building, Answer Girl?"

"The zombies will not follow you, Pardy, and you still will not get laid."

I am being somewhat unfair to the film with that, because for all that the characterisation is very little, and the plot of the film nothing at all (an alien lands on earth, impregnates townsperson, means to devour them all), and the film skirts having any real subtext, it bubbles along quite nicely. It's funny, with a few good thrills, and a couple of nice scenes that'll stick with you after the film, mostly to do with slugs, but one of a foot turning off a tap. Likewise, Fillion, for all that this role demands absolutely nothing out of him for it, handles himself quite well in the film, and assuming he doesn't kill his career stone cold dead with White Noise 2, I kind of hope that we will be able to see him in more films. But still, for all that, the film knows that it's a b-grade zombie film, and it's not afraid to make the jokes, and have a good time with its premise, and that rubs off on you in the audience.

Essentially, Slither is a fun little b-grade zombie alien film and there's not much to say about that except that fact. It's fun to kill a couple of hours with.

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kazzibee
May. 21st, 2006 08:41 am (UTC)
The worms are in her braaaiinn!
black13
May. 21st, 2006 08:58 am (UTC)
Here in Germany, the movie was marketed as a parody of zombie films.
benpeek
May. 21st, 2006 10:57 am (UTC)
i think i'd be disappointed if i went in expecting a parody...
ex_chrisbil
May. 21st, 2006 09:48 am (UTC)
I just saw your bio says Sydney based... I thought you lived in Melbourne?

Anyway, moving on... I'm quite into those sort of horror movies too. I really liked The Hills Have Eyes a few weeks ago, but I seem to be alone on that. Slither interests me for the very reason that, in the UK at least, it has... *drumroll*... a poster campaign that makes it look like a woman taking a bath after she's shat all over the bathroom floor in some post-dodgy takeaway disaster:

... did you get them over there? (sorry if the images are against the rules, but it seemed to me you have to see it to believe it!)
benpeek
May. 21st, 2006 10:44 am (UTC)
yeah, that's the one we've got here. isn't it great? and that scene in the bathtub is one of the best.

and yeah, sydney. i don't know where you got melbourne from. heh.

(pics are okay)
ex_chrisbil
May. 21st, 2006 10:52 am (UTC)
I nearly saw it on the strength of the turd-poster.

I love Sydney, stayed up in Kings Cross for a while when I was travelling. Happy days.
benpeek
May. 21st, 2006 11:02 am (UTC)
i don't live anywhere near the cross :) i live out in the western suburbs, which i don't imagine you would have gone through. certainly i wouldn't have if i was you.
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