SLiTHER is a Horror fan's wet dream, assembling a draft pick of familiar faces to head off against a slimy foe in one of 2006's goriest guilty pleasures! An alien menace threatens to destroy the small town of Wheelsy when the parasitic slugs begin to turn its citizens into mind-controlled zombies. Director James Gunn firmly denies having seen Fred Dekker's NIGHT OF THE CREEPS prior to filming, however the two films share far too many similarities to be ignored. Numerous other nods to 80s classics (including "Henenlotter's Lodge," a cameo by Lloyd Kaufman, and a modified version of the PREDATOR theme) only strengthen the case against him, but regardless of the alleged plagiarism, SLiTHER provides enough originality and entertainment to distinguish it from its predecessor. The acid-spitting, slug-infested creatures make for a refreshing change-up from the usual zombie fare, and their group consciousness gives them another unique edge. Michael Rooker's off-beat performance as the mutated Grant is as creepy as it is disgusting, while each of the other characters hold their own as they shoot and stab their way through town. SLiTHER also offers an even blend of practical and digital FX, only relying on computer imaging for shots that could not be realistically completed in-frame. Even though the humor is hit or miss at times, SLiTHER is still a ton of gross-out fun for monster movie fans!
If you liked SLiTHER, check out:
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, INVADERS FROM MARS, THE DEADLY SPAWN, THE THING, SLUGS.