Slither (2006), from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
Slither is a horror comedy and it's one of those films where there is
a great gap between the conservative, mainstream print reviewers and
the genre aficionados. Ebert and Berardinelli weighed in at two stars
and two and a half. The critics in the UK had about the same take on
it, rating it just less than two and a half stars on the average.
Yahoo voters rate it C+, a low score within Yahoo's softball system.
The box office was tepid. It had a weak opening - eighth place
overall, third-best among new releases. Then it had a weaker follow-up
- it dropped nearly 60% in its second week. It finished off with no
staying power. The first two weeks were just about all she wrote. The
multiplier (total gross divided by opening weekend gross) was only
2.0, which is about as low as a film can go without being named Gigli.
Obviously it wasn't a film with wide appeal.
But lots of younger, hipper, more genre-oriented critics really took a liking to it. According to Rotten Tomatoes, it finished with 83% positive reviews, despite the negatives from the big guns, and the comment section at IMDb is filled with praises from genre lovers. People are not comparing it to Shaun of the Dead or American Werewolf, but most genre fans feel that it belongs in the second tier of horror comedies with such films as The Re-Animator and Cemetery Man.
Slither is basically the ol' "spores from outer space enter human bodies" movie, kind of a comedy version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, via Night of the Creeps. It's fundamentally a higher-budget version of a Troma movie and the director, in fact, is a graduate of the Troma School of Advanced Film Studies, having apprenticed with Lloyd Kaufman for some years. I didn't much care for the film, but its appeal resides in comically exaggerated gore and lowbrow redneck-bashing humor, neither of which really pushes my hot buttons. The fact that it isn't my kind of movie doesn't mean you should blow it off. As a general rule, the younger you are the more likely you are to like it.
It's meant to appeal to younger people who love their comical gore, and most of them consider it an absolute success.
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