James Gunn is quite the Hollywood success story. He started out writing for b-movie horror masters Troma on films like Tromeo & Juliet, then went on to slightly bigger films like the first live action Scooby Doo movie and Thir13en Ghosts. Next, he got a big win under his belt writing the screenplay for Zack Snyder’s brilliant remake of Dawn of the Dead. Work still trickled a little for him but two years later he wrote and directed Slither, a hilarious love letter to monster movies. It would take many years after that until Gunn really hit the big time with one of the most unique entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy. And with the sequel to that film now a big hit as well, what better time for the good folks at Shout! Factory to release a kick ass new Collector’s Edition of Slither.
In a small town, a meteor has crashed in the woods carrying an egg of a strange alien worm. Grant (Michael Rooker) finds the meteor and is infected by the worm, which slowly begins transforming him into a hideous creature that disperses a plague of worms that infects the population turning them into zombie like monsters. Now it is up to Grant’s wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks) and local policeman Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion) to stop the alien invader before it takes over the world.
Slither is a damn near perfect parody of classic B monster movies like The Blob and even George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Aside from being side splittingly hilarious, it is also one of the goriest movies of its time. Slither really has it all from jump scares to belly laughs to gross outs, all delivered with gusto by the brilliantly underappreciated cast.
The new Collector’s Edition from Shout! Factory features a new audio commentary by Gunn, Fillion and Rooker that is almost as good as the movie itself, a new featurette called The Genesis of Slither with James Gunn, a new interview with Gregg Henry, and a huge list of special features ported over from all previous versions of the film. Slither has been on many film fan’s must have list for Blu-ray for a long time so it is nice to see it getting this kind of special treatment…finally. Very highly recommended.