SLITHER (2006) Reviews of James Gunn’s sci-fi horror directorial debut

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Slither is a 2006 science-fiction comedy horror film written and directed by James Gunn (making his directorial debut) and starring Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks and Michael Rooker (The Belko ExperimentHenry: Portrait of a Serial Killer; The Walking Dead).

Gunn was influenced by the wave of more graphic horror movies of the late 1970s and early 1980s, largely created by such directors as John Carpenter, Lloyd Kaufman, David Cronenberg and Stuart Gordon.

On July 25, 2017, Scream Factory released Slither on Blu-ray. The cover features newly-commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn (Lifeforce; Prince of Darkness).


Audio Commentary with Writer/Director James Gunn And Actors Nathan Fillion And Michael Rooker
The Genesis of Slither – An Interview with Writer/Director James Gunn
The Other MacReady – An Interview with Actor Gregg Henry
Audio Commentary With James Gunn and Nathan Fillion (From 2006)
Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary By James Gunn
Visual Effects: Step By Step
Slithery Set Tour With Actor Nathan Fillion
The Sick Minds and Slimy Days of Slither
Brewing The Blood – How To Make Blood
Bringing Slither’s Creatures To Life
Lloyd Kaufman’s Video Diary
Gag Reel
Who Is Bill Pardy? Featurette
Theatrical Trailer

A meteor housing a malevolent alien parasite crashes into the town of Wheelsy, South Carolina. While frolicking in the woods with Brenda (Brenda James), local big shot car dealer Grant Grant (Rooker) is subsequently infected and killed by the parasite.

The parasite takes over his body and absorbs his consciousness and memories. With the alien (called “The Long One”) now in control of his body, ‘Grant’ begins to slowly change into a hideous tentacular slug-like monster.

No-one suspects Grant, however, his wife Starla (Banks) begins to question his health. He avoids doctors appointments and crafts lies to keep her in the dark.

Sensing her distance from her husband, her childhood crush, town sheriff Bill Pardy (Fillion), attempts to reassure and comfort her while not acting on his own feelings.


Grant infects the lonely and neglected Brenda with hundreds of his “offspring.” He secrets her in an isolated barn where she in turn becomes massively obese as baby alien slugs grow inside her.

Sheriff Bill Pardy leads a small group of officers on a hunt for Grant only to be lured into a trap where Brenda explodes releasing hundreds of the alien slugs. Most of Pardy’s group become infected, zombie-like creatures…

Slither (2006)

“Those compelled by straight horror won’t be frightened, and those who enjoy their comedies without having to gag from disgust won’t be laughing. This movie is for those who can spot Gunn’s many visual and thematic references to the films that inspired him, who can grasp the irony of his characters, and who can appreciate his plentiful use of tangible makeup effects.” Deep Focus

“…Gunn underwrites the carnage with a parched sense of humour that provokes barking belly laughs to off-set the offal. A string of artfully delivered one-liners and deftly handled exchanges crackle through the script, the (quite intentional) comedy not only adding substance but hoisting Slither above its schlocky source material.” Empire Magazine

“You may be tempted to read the victims’ insatiable hunger as a comment on America’s epidemic obesity; or you may be too busy laughing or vomiting to bother with such thematic niceties.” Time Out

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