Horror has been around since the invention of film. And everything on Earth has been used as a device in a horror film. Dolls, the devil, animals, insects, reptiles, furniture, trees…hell there is even a movie about an evil bong and a movie about a bed that eats people. But animals have been used a lot and in the early days of monster movies even insects were used a lot, usually the result of some sort of radiation exposure. Well this month Arrow Video has released a wonderful new special edition of a 80s horror cult classic that is laughable but somehow still entertaining. The movie is Slugs.
In a remote rural community people has been dying mysteriously and quote gruesomely, but nobody can seem to figure out why. Health worker Mike Brady (Michael Garfield) has a crazy theory, that slugs are causing all the deaths, but nobody is taking him seriously. It isn’t until a slug expert from overseas backs up Mike’s claims that everyone starts to realize what is really happening and it becomes a race against time to try and save their town before it is overtaken.
Ok. Let’s get something straight. The slugs in Slugs are not radioactive. They are not huge. They are not monstrous and they are not fast. They are just slightly larger than normal slugs with extra attitude and tiny teeth and there are lots of them. But somehow director Juan Piquer Simón manages to make a really fun b-movie that miraculously convinces the audience that slugs are something to be afraid of. There are hilarious scenes of people who for whatever reason can’t seem to get away from the barely moving slugs and are killed by them and it is just priceless. The acting is cheesy but charming, the action funny but still fun, the gore ridiculous but enjoyable and plentiful and the movie overall is just a riotous throwback joy of a movie.
The new Blu-ray edition from Arrow has so much goodness it is hard to believe all this work went into a special edition for this movie. The film is a brand new restoration from the original film elements and looks great plus you get a commentary from Slugs author Shaun Hutson, a fantastic commentary from writer and filmmaker and former Fangoria editor Chris Alexander, and tons of documentary pieces covering the acting, the special effects and the art direction, all of which are very well done and informative as well as entertaining. Slugs is the unlikeliest of horror movie devices but is also a heck of a memorable slice of b-movie goodness. Recommended.