Slither (Widescreen Edition) is a horror film that’s sure to make you squirm… with laughter. In a small town, a meteor crashes in the woods. Then it opens to reveal an alien worm that goes into a guy named Grant Grant (Michael Rooker) and takes over his body and mind. Now all he thinks about is meat and sex, but that’s only the beginning.
Soon the creature within Grant grows. His gorgeous wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks) notices something different as if Grant was a whole new person and seems to enjoy it. That is until she finds out the truth about him. It’s not just about the alien possession and the disgusting closet, but Grant also mated with another woman, Brenda (Brenda James). Then Grant becomes hostile toward Starla. Luckily the police, lead by Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion), was there to save her. Now it’s up to them to hunt Grant down and the alien that possessed him.
I remember when Nathan Fillion came to FX Convention 2008. He made a grand entrance as fans cheered for him in the autograph line and said, “This is the place for cool people.” Nathan was a real nice guy and my sister was thrilled to have met him. Most of the fans there were fans of Firefly and Serenity, which was based on Firefly. To be honest, I never liked Firefly, but Nathan Fillion had other great roles like Bill Pardy from Slither and the Caleb from season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Jack the Mayor (Gregg Henry) also joins in the search and he is hilarious. Jack believes that Grant’s condition is Lyme disease. “You touch some deer feces and then you eat a sandwich without washing your hands, you got your Lyme disease.” It’s also funny when Jack complains that nobody brought any Mr. Pibb.
Starla and the police follow the trail of dead animals to a farm where Grant has become a more dangerous drooling squid worm beast. Then they follow him through the forest to an old shack where Brenda was kept. Brenda’s constant hunger has made her huge. I remember back when this movie was new and the web site included a feature about feeding Brenda slabs of meat lying around. Remember that?
Disaster strikes when Brenda explodes and releases a whole bunch of baby alien worms. At first I thought they were like leeches. Then it’s revealed that these worms don’t bite, they only possess people by getting into their mouths. So they’re not as threatening as leeches or zombies. Then again, they can also spit acid.
The worms run loose all over town and look for more victims. One of them even sneaks into a house, where Kylie (Tania Saulnier), a teenage girl, is taking a bath. Dude, what is it with monsters peeping on young ladies taking bubble baths? Although Kylie escapes the worm attack, the rest of her family wasn’t so lucky.
The possessed victims are also all psychically connected to Grant for he is the source carrier. It becomes even creepier when some of the victims merge together with Grant as Bill and Starla confront him.
This was a good film, despite its disgusting points. The humor and excitement do make up for it though.