From the twisted mind of filmmaker JAMES GUNN (writer, 2004's Dawn of the
Dead) comes the latest addition to the unique canon of horror comedy films—a story so
deliciously heinous, hilariously base and unbelievably demented that its mere name
brings to mind the sickening giant mollusks of the invertebrate underbelly world. Huge
slugs from outer space, bloodthirsty zombies and slime-ridden oozing bug overlords have
finally come together in one cinematic creation: Slither.
Welcome to a resurrection of the days when David Cronenberg, Frank
Henenlotter, Stuart Gordon and John Carpenter's works such as Re-Animator, The Thing,
The Brood, Basket Case and The Fly alternately freaked us out and made us snort with
laughter. With his directorial debut of Slither, Gunn brings back a gonzo spirit to
filmmaking that makes horror movie lovers both cringe and chuckle.
Realizing that the key to getting the undead back into our homes and hearts was to
tackle a film with uncommon actors, underutilized dry humor and invaluable special
effects, Gunn has designed a world that gives just the right shiver.
How did he do it? By crafting a film that's part monster movie, part zombie flick
and all dark comedy, the writer makes a foray into directing that is a celebration of all
things queasy. A former colleague of legendary horror camp filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman
of Troma Entertainment (The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke 'Em High fame), Gunn cut
his teeth writing films such as cult favorite Tromeo & Juliet, a beautiful love story about
body piercing, kinky sex and car crashesâ€¦and William Shakespeare.
Gunn tackled the re-imagining of George Romero's classic with 2004's horror hit
Dawn of the Dead. Flawlessly executing that script (and winning over legions of horror
fans), Gunn knew his next step was to write and direct his own film and blend humor and
terror like rarely before. In the process, he could introduce a new audience to a timehonored
genre and satisfy fans underfed on contemporary horror and undercooked
By folding together prosthetic effects with computer technology in Slither, Gunn
has helmed a nostalgic monsterpiece. In a love story so disgusting, shocking and
humorous, he spins a tale of a small town infected by an alien slug plague that takes
many forms and brings out the worst in people. And he does it all with an interlaced
creepiness and humor that will make the faintest of heart burst out laughing while he
cringes in fear.
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