Slugs: The Movie – Spain, USA, 1987 – reviews

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‘They slime. They ooze. They kill.’

Slugs: The Movie – aka Slugs, muerte viscose – is a 1987 Spanish/American horror feature film directed and co-written by Juan Piquer Simón (Pieces), loosely based on the novel Slugs by British author Shaun Hutson. In the US, it was distributed by New World Pictures.


On September 27, 2016, Slugs was released on Blu-ray by Arrow Video with the following special features:

  • Brand new restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Uncompressed PCM Stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by writer and filmmaker Chris Alexander
  • Here s Slugs In Your Eye an interview with actor Emilio Linder
  • They Slime, They Ooze, They Kill: The Effects of Slugs an interview with special effects artist Carlo De Marchis
  • Invasion USA an interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo
  • The Lyons Den an interview and locations tour with production manager Larry Ann Evans
  • 1988 Goya Awards promo reel
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter
  • Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by writer Michael Gingold


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The movie stars Michael Garfield, Kim Terry, Philip Machale, Alicia Moro, Santiago Alvarez and John Battaglia.

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An American rural town becomes prey to a strain of black slugs spawned from toxic waste dumping. It is up to the local health inspector to stop them. People are dying mysteriously and gruesomely.

Only health worker Mike Brady has a possible solution, but his theory of killer slugs is laughed at by the authorities. Only when the body count begins to rise and a slug expert begins snooping around does it begin to appear as though Mike might be right…


Slugs is a bit of a forgotten gem in the sub-genre of nature-attacks horror, and that’s a shame because it’s actually good gory fun. Spanish director Juan Piquer Simón (aka JP Simon) makes a solid-looking film on a budget and as with his earlier classic, Pieces, he never shies away from gratuitous entertainment in the form of gross practical effects and exposed flesh.’ Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects


“Yeah, it’s somewhat entertaining, there are a few fun scenes, but it’s hamstrung by clumsiness. Worth a watch, you might even find yourself checking the lettuce for unwelcome guests afterwards, but don’t expect anything great. And, don’t forget to read the book as well, it’s way better.” Horror Chronicles


Slugs is one of the most misanthropic films of all time. Lars Trier has nothing on Slugs. It’s not even mean-spirited. It just happens to show humanity at its most unappealing. It’s populated with selfish drunks, puppy-kicking vagrants, snotty teen girls, underaged n’ thick-necked rapists, stick-up-the-ass bureaucrats, sinister law enforcement, whiny n’ concerned tax-payers, opportunistic politicians, corporate interests, nagging wives, and brain-dead husbands.’ Sean Gill, Junta Juleil’s Culture Shock

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One Comment on “Slugs: The Movie – Spain, USA, 1987 – reviews”

  1. Slugs did quite well on video and it’s brief theatrical run, not to mention being sold all around the world. Wondered why we never got the sequel?

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