Combustible Celluloid
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With: Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, Gregg Henry, Tania Saulnier, Brenda James, Don Thompson, Jennifer Copping, Jenna Fischer, Haig Sutherland
Written by: James Gunn
Directed by: James Gunn
MPAA Rating: R for strong horror violence and gore, and language
Running Time: 96
Date: 03/31/2006

Slither (2006)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

I Want a New Slug

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

James Gunn, a former Troma disciple (Tromeo & Juliet) and screenwriter on the Scooby-Doo movies and the Dawn of the Dead remake, directs this funny, disgusting, derivative splatter flick. Just like in The Blob (1958), a meteor crashes down to earth containing an icky slug, and it inhabits the body of local redneck Grant Grant (Michael Rooker). He proceeds to snatch more bodies, using an army of speedy, red, oversized worms. His unhappy but devoted trophy wife (Elizabeth Banks) tries to help, and the local yokel sheriff (Nathan Fillion) snaps into action. Gunn's dialogue is casually, ironically smart and his characters show comic promise, but the sci-fi situation blandly borrows from The Fly, Alien and a dozen others without the thrill of reinvention.

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