Not every horror film can be a blockbuster and/or some profound indie flick that’s going to make you feel more insightful and whatnot. Sometimes, we just want to be downright petrified (for a limited time, of course) and go on with our lives. For a movie that will make you scream, recoil, and lose sleep for a couple of nights as you imagine worms crawling along your body, look no further than Slither.
It all starts in Wheelsy, South Carolina, where a meteorite carrying a sentient, parasitic, and malevolent alien species lands in an field. Grant (Michael Rooker), who happens to be in the nearby woods with Brenda (Brenda James), engaging in mutual adultery, stumbles upon the meteorite and, satisfying his curiosity, becomes infected with the parasite, who absorbs all of his memories, gains control of his consciousness, and effectively take over his body and his life. The only side effect of this is that the parasite starts to distort Grant’s physical appearance, a rapid change that becomes more and more difficult to lie or explain away.
Grant’s wife, Starla (Elizabeth Banks) becomes more suspicious, and increasingly afraid of him, finding solace in her former flame, police chief Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion). Meanwhile, the alien inside Grant seeks to procreate and uses Brenda to do so, impregnating the neglected housewife with hundreds of his spawn, and hiding her until she gives birth, her body completely disfigured by pregnancy. When the alien children are born, all bets are off as the townsfolk scramble to stay alive, and uninfected.
Blending horror with small town drama, a bit of humour, and a lot of skin-crawling alien slugs into one film is no small task but, Slither takes it all in stride. And please, do not let the cast and lack of accolades fool you: Slither if terrifying, and possibly triggering for anyone afraid of snails, slugs, worm, or caterpillars. My first attempt at watching this was 9 years ago, and I tapped out before a half hour. I’m a coward, y’all. I only forced myself to watch this again (and actually finish it this time), for the sake of this review. And trust, I’m not watching this shit again. But if you need some good old-fashioned fear, no psychological terror, vampires, zombies, or serial killers, just piss your pants fright, Slither is the one for you.
I give this one 3.25 stars.