by James Gunn (dir/wr)
Review by Rogan Marshall
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Every several years someone makes an "old fashioned monster movie," and those of us who care about monster movies enough to hope they'll pull the trick off properly are almost always disappointed - though these failed or semi-failed attempts tend to draw cult followings anyway, on strength of character (Jeepers Creepers, for instance). However, I'm proud to report that Slither is a fabulously entertaining and thoroughly engaging old fashioned alien monster/invasion picture, that will completely deserve the cult following it’s sure to accrue.
Slither opens with a meteor landing in the woods near Wheelsy, a tiny redneck town where bored cops use their radar guns to time birds on the fly, and hunting season opens with a don't-miss line-dancing event called Deer Cheer. The meteor, of course, contains an alien invasion, in the form of a pile of slime, which is equipped with an organic dart launcher. This critter, or contraption, victimizes local rich jerk Grant Grant (Michael Rooker, best known for the title role in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer); a living dart strikes his chest, wriggles into him through the wound, and by way of nifty x-ray cam, we see it squirm up his spinal column and latch onto his brain. Thenceforth under alien control, Grant shows a sudden ravenous appetite for food, in the form of raw meat, and sex, by way of his formerly neglected wife Starla (the lovely and talented Elizabeth Banks); meanwhile, the wound on his chest develops into a lumpy rash, which suddenly, while he's sneaking up on his wife in the shower, sprouts two hideously active clawed tentacles...