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Slither
DVD disk
10.24.2006 By: Sturdy
Slither order
Director:
James Gunn

Actors:
Nathan Fillion
Elizabeth Banks
Gregg Henry

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A small town suffers a hostile takeover by an alien that terrorizes planets by emitting slug-like creatures that kill everyone they infect. Itís up to the local sheriff and a couple of locals to find a way to stop it before it takes over the world.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
SLITHER felt like a 90-minute episode of the X-Files without Scully or Mulder. It had the same mix of humor and horror that the X-Files had and the same basic plot structure. It wasnít really funny, and definitely not scary or creepy. I think in its efforts to be everything, it wound up not being anything more than an homage to classic 80ís horror movies.

They really should have picked a route and stuck with it. At times, SLITHER seemed like a comedy and at others it felt like it wanted to be a horror flick. I wanted more comedy because I think the zombie-like storyline has been beat to the ground. Plus, Iím a huge fan of Nathan Fillion and he does a great job of blending humor and seriousness. He gives credit to this film and without him this wouldíve gone straight to DVD. Nathan deserves to be in blockbusters and big time movies, not this. The rest of the cast does their job with what they had to go on. Mr. Gunn didnít deliver the punch he needed in his screenplay, so the actors didnít have a whole lot to work with.

I wanted more from SLITHER partly because of Mr. Fillion and partly because horror comedies are a great genre. Despite having a funny premise and two good lead actors, it just never lived up to its potential. It had its moments, but it wasnít enough to declare it a decent film. Writer/director James Gunn had plenty of chances to make the audience bust a gut laughing or to scare them to death, but he missed every chance and the result was a disappointing film. However, with all that said, I do appreciate the effort and I think Mr. Gunn will grow as a director in the future and fans everywhere will be happy with the results.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with James Gunn and Nathan Fillion: Youíd think theyíd advertise a commentary with the director and main star, but they donít. Theyíre not together, but theyíre talking over the phone. It sounds bad, but you canít tell. Itís a great commentary, but James Gunn hogs it a little too much. Itís still a great listen and both guys keep the track going.

Deleted Scenes (10:35): These werenít bad actually. I wouldnít say they would have made a huge difference in the film, but they added a little more to the movie. I especially liked the first scene because it sets up a scene later on.

Extended Scenes (7:22): Extended scenes are tricky to judge because youíve already seen half the scene, so itís clear the extended version isnít going to make that much of a difference. These are no exception, but they did add a little more character development that was lacking in the movie.

Visual Effects (5:01): This is a collection of special effects shots shown step by step. Thereís no narration, just background music. I didnít find it interesting, but true fans will enjoy it.

Gag Reel (8:07): It seems like they had a good time making the film, but most of these are the actors tripping over their lines and laughing through the takes. Theyíre moderately enjoyable.

Who Is Bill Pardy (5:18): This is a gag reel focused solely on Nathan Fillion. Heís a funny dude, so I laughed. I like it when stars make fun of themselves, especially when itís funny.

The Slick Minds and Slimy Days of Slither (10:02): I did like the nods to older horror movies and this featurette looks at some of these. It also looks at James Gunn and his background and inspirations for the film and his reasons for the casting decisions.

Bringing Slitherís Creatures to Life (18:35): I also liked the lack of CGI in the film, and this one takes a look at the real life creatures that were created for the film. It was nice to see the tricks they used to save money and create the effects.

Slithery Set Tour With Nathan Fillion (4:39): More Fillion for you Fillion fans. I enjoyed it. He takes a camera around and lets people talk about the movie and other things candidly. Good stuff.

The Gorehound Grill Brewin the Blood (3:15): This is an instructional video on how to make fake blood. The way I see it, you can never have enough fake blood. I recommend making some up, slide it across your neck and tell your parents it didnít have to happen if they had bought you that new car.

The King of Cult Lloyd Kaufmanís Video Diary (8:58): For those of you that donít know, Mr. Kaufman wrote and directed THE TOXIC AVENGER. He has a bit cameo role in the film and this is his video diary of his experiences. Itís pretty neat, if for no other reason than he mentions the connections James Gunn has with him.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
SLITHER wonít make you laugh and it definitely wonít scare you, so Iím not sure who to recommend this to. I guess if youíre a big Nathan Fillion fan (like me) than this will help tide you over until they revisit SERENITY.
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