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SLITHER (2006) ***

In this fun variation on Night of the Creeps, The Blob, The Thing (and a little of Leviathan thrown in) extraterrestrial slugs come to Earth and terrorize a redneck town by incubating in humans until they blow up bigger than Violet Beauregarde and spew open a litter of thousands of space slugs. Nathan (Serenity) Fillion stars as the sheriff who holds a torch for Elizabeth (Spider-Man) Banks, who's married to the town's richest man, Grant Grant, played by Michael (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) Rooker who is the alien's first host. In the end he looks like a cross between Jabba the Hutt and the Sarlaac Pit. There's some Stephen King-esque logic (one girl has a telepathic link with the slugs), lots of slime, and plenty of gore (a guy being split in half is the grossout highlight), making this fair game for fans of fast, funny, and gory movies. Writer/director James Gunn shows his Troma roots (he wrote Tromeo and Juliet) by having Troma president Lloyd Kaufman cameo as a bum and by showing The Toxic Avenger on TV. He also wrote the Dawn of the Dead remake.
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