May 21st, 2006


Sunday Note

Things Learnt at a Led Zeppelin Tribute Night: Led Zeppelin didn't, apparently, record one song under half an hour.*

* No, I'm not a Zeppelin fan, but in the same tone, I'm not a hater, either. So going to what is essentially one three hour cover gig is no hassle for me, and plus, I'd never been to a tribute night before. I probably wouldn't have, if I had been asked, but I went either way. Also, Iota was one of the singers for it, and so I knew what I was getting in a small way, and pleased with that. Iota and a second singer (whose name I don't know) were quite good, actually, so the whole show wasn't bad, though fuck me, if I ever hear another ten minute drum solo, I think I might just have to shoot a drummer.
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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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