Directed by James Gunn
Slither is a comedy horror film that tells the story of a malevolent alien creature that threatens to destroy the human race.
When a rural tycoon (Grant Grant) in the small town of Wheelsy, South Carolina is infected by the alien creature then the shit really hits the fan.
Pets, livestock, and people turn up missing in the normally peaceful town. Grant slowly mutates into a hideous creature, his young wife Starla begins to notice his changes.
A small group of survivors led by the town’s sheriff, Bill Pardy, fight against the infected and try to prevent the parasites from spreading.
First and foremost, those slithering parasites were utterly disgusting both in sight and in sound. Those slimy little bastards creeped me out, but that certainly had more to do with how they moved than anything else.
Heebeegeebees aside, this small town infestation was an homage to some horror films before it. And I especially loved that the twin girls were reading R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series before bedtime.
What I want to focus on is the dialogue within Slither, which really made this black comedy horror film a win for me. Bill Pardy, the dull-witted loveable sheriff, delivered some of the best lines during his reactions to the infested.
[looking at the disemboweled dog] I reckon Grant ain’t got one of them puppy calendars on his desk. Just don’t strike me as a real dog lover is all.
[Starla, Jack, and Kylie remain silent in the car after narrowly escaping a pack of zombies] So… how’s everybody’s evening? Good?
[after seeing a zombie become a part of Grant] Well, now that is some fucked up shit.
But Bill had to share the dialogue spotlight with Mayor Jack MacReady, the designated asshole of the survivors (We’ve seen them before and we’ll see them again, you know the type).
[referring to Starla] Bitch is hardcore.
But the battle between Bill and the infested deer has to go down as the best moment of Slither. Now, I am a small town girl from a family of deer hunters and I could not stop myself from snickering at the little deer turned infested beast nearly taking out Bill.
Lucky for him, Kylie was there to save his ass. And in all his male bravado, he tells Kylie that when the story is told that it is going to be the other way around.
Slither was a deliciously dark horror comedy, ending with the remaining survivors walking off into the distance through a yard of fallen dead bodies. It disgusted me at times, but that certainly qualifies it as a keeper in my horror collection.