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Quint spins the SLITHER DVD!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a little review of the SLITHER DVD which hits shelves today. I was hoping to have this done by this weekend, but I ended up going on a last minute trip to Prague to visit the torture rooms of HOSTEL PART 2. I'll have my first report on that hitting in the next few days, but before I dug into that, I wanted to catch-up on a few things seeing release this week. The first of which is the SLITHER DVD. The movie fizzled in theaters, which is a shame. I guess it's the Nathan Fillion curse. Despite my disinterest in the Whedonverse, I really like Fillion as a lead. There's something very natural and effortlessly funny about the guy and I wish him well in his future projects. Was SLITHER too self-referential? Was it too funny instead of creepy? Not funny enough? I don't know what the masses wanted and while I've gone through the movie 2 or 3 times now on DVD I've noticed the movie holding up surprisingly well, for me personally. It's not the world's greatest movie, but this is what I wish our average "let's not take ourselves seriously" horror work would be. It definitely feels like a movie you'd discover on video as a kid, right next to BASKET CASE 2 and maybe the first TREMORS movie. As for extras, the DVD has plenty, but it doesn't feel overloaded with useless crap or repetition of content. Don't you hate that? When you get a DVD that has, like, 7 documentaries on it and all 7 share the same 5 minutes of EPK interviews? Luckily that's not here. What we have on this disc are these features:

-Deleted Scenes (With Optional Commentary by James Gunn) -Visual Effects Step By Step -Slithery Set Tour with Nathan Fillion -Extended Scenes (With Optional Commentary by James Gunn) -Who Is Bill Pardy? -Gag Reel -The Sick Minds and Slimy Days of Slither -The Gorehound Grill: Brewin' The Blood -Feature Commentary (with James Gunn and Nathan Fillion) -Bringing Slither's Creatures To Life


-The King of Cult: Lloyd Kaufman's Video Diary

Of all these features, my favorites were Lloyd Kaufman's Video Diary, Who Is Bill Pardy?, Gag Reel, the Commentary and the creature doco, Bringing Slither's Creatures to Life. The Kaufman Video Diary is pure Lloyd. For those who might now know, James Gunn started his career with Lloyd at Troma, working on the script for TROMEO & JULIET. After that, he became pretty big within the industry scripting the DAWN OF THE DEAD remake and the two SCOOBY-DOO films. When Gunn finally was able to direct his own project, he brought in Lloyd to cameo. In the final version, you can see Lloyd in the background at the police station, but a scene where he was coming on to a lady cop (although, if this were Tromo, it would have been Lloyd cumming on a lady cop) was axed, and not even put on the deleted scenes. However, we do have Lloyd's personal diary, shot by him for his day going through the set. It's really funny and Lloyd knows how to stir the shit up really well. Who Is Bill Pardy? is perhaps my favorite extra... it's a compliment to the gag reel in which a running gag from shooting is fully exposed. Bill Pardy is Nathan Fillion's character in the flick and for whatever reason, he loves to look a the camera and say, "I'm Bill Pardy" whenever he mucks a line or forgets a line or just wants to set up a practical joke. This runs not only through these gag clips, but through the behind the scenes as well. For example, the whole 5 minute extra starts with James Gunn and Fillion looking at the behind the scenes camera informing us that Bill Pardy has unusually large BMs. Fillion says, "I have to break 'em apart with a metal hanger," and then the doc moves on. That's the tone of the whole thing. Gunn, off camera, "Alright... you're Bill Pardy! Action!" Fillion cracks up, gains composure, but before he starts he looks to the camera and goes, "He's right, though." That segues into who is Nathon Fillion where the cast and crew takes the piss out of him. The Gag Reel is fuckin' funny, too. Love a good gag reel. The Gorehound Grill segment is interesting, with one of the FX guys showing you how to make fake blood at home, but then it kind of turns into a little bit of bullshit because he leaves out a few key ingredients so the blood looks all watery and pink. He wants to keep them trade secrets. Why do this extra feature in the first place if you're going to puss out? The commentary is a lot of fun. Gunn and Fillion are naturally funny guys, so they always keep it entertaining. Gunn falls into the commentary trap of saying damn near every scene of the film is his favorite scene in the film, but I was surprised at how frank and honest he was about the elements that didn't work for him. He'd call out specific effects shots and effects studios that he really didn't like, which is a little more ballsy than I'm used to on commentary tracks. One thing all the DVD extras impressed upon me was just how fun it was to make this movie. I think that fun translates over to the final film... Of course, like any movie, it had its dark hours. I'll leave you with a line from Mr. Gunn spoken during one of the docs. "This movie has its dick in my mouth... and I'm gagging on it." Charming, eh? I've got some flicks to see, some more DVDs to look at, Stephen King's new book to finish and review and I've got to start on my Holiday Gift Guide... So, keep an eye on the site, squirts. Tons of goodies coming up! -Quint

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  • Oct. 24, 2006, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Slither was Meh at best. Not worth its own talkback.

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    seriously, where is the actual news on this website lately. its turned into a review center.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 3:13 p.m. CST

    look, i popped my first cherry and didnt even know it.

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    like that time i was fourteen and sleeping and my sister came into the room late at night and.....but thats another story.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 3:14 p.m. CST

    I completely missed this...

    by Childe Roland theaters, so I'll be giving this a rent right quick. I dig Nathan's work and the idea of another genuinely funny horror film sits well with me after I caught 8-Legged Freaks again on cable a week or so back.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 3:18 p.m. CST

    breaking up turds with a metal coathanger

    by Some Dude

    Who among you hasn't been there for a few excessively obese years of life? I never did that. I swear.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 3:18 p.m. CST

    If you like splatstick, this movie's for you

    by Lance Rock

    Lots of great gross-out moments, and some really funny lines. This was a solid horror entry that got unjustly ignored. Perfect rental for Halloween.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Oh, and the movie is very good.

    by Some Dude

    I actually felt kind of sorry for the "husband" by the end. Not expecting that in a gross-out horror comedy.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 3:22 p.m. CST

    I was really looking forward to this, but it was...

    by El Scorcho

    never funny enough and never scary enough. More like 30% funny, 30% scary. A wasted opportunity. 5/10, maybe. I mean, it wasn't even that gory.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I, for one,

    by Spaz_Monkey

    enjoyed Slither. It was a lot of fun! a good, B-Grade horror flick. Perfect for a Saturday afternoon.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 3:31 p.m. CST


    by godoffireinhell

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 3:58 p.m. CST

    this movie rocks... funny shit!

    by binarybender

    Twas better than i expected - up there with Shawn Of The Dead! Anyways horror movies suck these days, take Land of the Dead for example... what a jip! Fuckin shit it was! horror movies just aint scary any more so if they can just be really gory, yet have a sense of humour about it then thats cool wit me!

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Best Horror Film of 2006

    by godoffireinhell

    so far. Don't give me THE DESCENT. That was 2005.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion has

    by Mechasheeva

    that off-the-cuff one liner talent that Harrison Ford had back in the day, and he deserves to be a huge star. Luckily, his next role will likely garner some awards attention; he's playing the lead in White Noise 2. . . . What?

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Fake Blood: Corn Syrup + Red Food Dye

    by Squashua

    Simple. This movie blew. It had a ton of potential and just slogged along.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Mr. Fillion

    by Captain Vidal

    is han solo come to life, not han solo as played by harrison. ya guys get me? he's a great actor with charisma and could be indiana jones in a second. the movie is the bee's knees, kids. i strongly recommend. please Holywood God, let that man land better roles!!!

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 4:29 p.m. CST

    I agree about Nathan Fillion

    by DerLanghaarige

    He's cool. I like him since he joined the cast of Two Guys, A Girl And A Pizza Place...but then I never saw another production with him. I will check out Slither, when the DVD hits Germany in a few weeks. :D Wanted to see it when I was in Canada, back in March/April, but I didn't found a thatre where they played it BLABLABLA...

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 4:43 p.m. CST

    GuyLombardo, take that back!

    by BannedOnTheRun

    The AICN crew despise doing set visits, 'cause it makes it so hard when they all have to savage the movie later in their brutally honest and objective reviews. Har har!

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 5:03 p.m. CST

    5 Questions with James Gunn

    by Purgatori Sounds like he's got a Tarantino/Rodriguez sort of thing going on with Whedon. Would be cool though to see.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 5:49 p.m. CST

    "Is _he_ okay??!!"

    by Russman

    Fillion's good... he deserves more. Hopefully someone will see that and give him the right opportunity, or he'll make an opportunity for himself. He was awesome in Firefly.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Better Than Expected

    by Gunslinger1919

    It was....funny...horrific...chilling...hillarious. I enjoyed the ride. I won't reiterate what others have said about Fillion. He's great. Firefly fantastic. But let's not forget about Elizabeth Banks in this. Hot stuff. And the almighty Michael Rooker...turning a role destined to turn this movie into one of those late night horror movies that you always talk about but can't remember the name..."god, remember that movie where the guys turns into this huge pustule at the end..." And let's not forget the brilliant use of...OMG what friggin song was in that movie...what song was it!!!!???? --G

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Slither was excellent, really solid fun.

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    They don't make 'em like that any more, or at least not nearly often enough. It's what "8 legged freaks" & "snakes on a plane" should have been.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 8:18 p.m. CST

    F*ck all you haters!

    by Zombie Carnifex

    Slither was an excellent, unimportant flick. I skipped out of work to watch it and it delivered a fun gooey film. It didn't drag and there were no "Crap that was shitty moments" so stop whining about this movie. Is it the best film ever? Nope, but it was a fun stupid popcorn flick. If soul is too shrivled up to see that stop watching movies.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Great lines

    by otto maddox

    "You promised to love me for better or for worse"......."Much fucking worse" also "Now that is some fucked up shit" Nathan has that off hand delivery locked down

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 10:12 p.m. CST

    That song...

    by CrusherJen "Baby I Love You" by the Yayhoos. It's on the movie soundtrack in an edited version; the uncensored take is on the band's album "Fear Not the Obvious." ----My 2 cents: Slither's not the best horror movie, neither the scariest nor the funniest, but I enjoyed it as good dumb B-movie fun (which is what it aimed to be, so I consider it a success.) I'll be picking up the DVD soon.

  • Oct. 24, 2006, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Not bad

    by dirtsandwich

    These are the people who are going to make a prequel to The Thing. So they definetly got the gore down and some humor.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion

    by BadMrWonka

    was great in Saving Private Ryan...I totally bought that he was fake crying! no seriously, he's not bad, I agree he can deliver a dry funny line pretty well. but, I just rented this (lying, sorry, I downloaded it on Bearshare) and it really was mediocre. not horrible, some funny and good gross moments, but it felt like half a movie. I really wanted to love it, I loved Lollilove, and every interview with Gunn has left me thinking this guy is legitimate. I'll see his next one definitely. this showed a lot of potential, and the shot selection was great, the one-liners were good, just needed more meat to it (no pun intended). and I thought the Mayor was a scenery chewer if every I saw one. and I ever saw one, trust me. I make low budget short films where I can barely afford to pay the "actors" scale. that guy sucked.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 1:43 a.m. CST


    by axemurder

    you re using the word meh like it is a real word. are you 12? you idiot. This movie was pretty funny too like a homage to countless older monster flicks, although I don't buy the fact that Gun says he never saw Night Of the Creeps.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Captain Mal is in this?

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I did not know that before this review, so thanks for that. Maybe I'll watch this Slither tonight. This Nathan Fillion seems like a pretty funny, charismatic kind of guy, so I hope to see him in some films that make good use of him.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion curse??

    by StovetopStuffin'

    yeah, cause that Saving Private Ryan movie really tanked, didn't it. He's just not well known enough. All it'll take is him in a supporting role with a big star and people will suddenly be talking "Nathan Fillion's breakout role!" when he steals the show.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Great Flick! "Creature Horror" vs. [...]

    by Mr Stiffy

    We had a great time at this movie! Banks and Rooker were terrific, Fillion was too (not even fans of Firefly). It seems like all the "monster/creature" style flicks have failed lately (Slither, both "cave" flicks) but slasher films, *especially* with twist endings always do well. I think in the case of the latter, the word-of-mouth marketing marketing works better ("dude, you've got to see [this super gory moment]" or "omg, you'll never guess what happens at the end" - the general public and the target demo are really into gimmicky sort of horror. Slither had a 50's sort of creature feature feel, and while it had its moments (some a little overly self-aware), there wasn't any "you won't this part" bits like Saw(s), Hostile, etc. Definitely worth a position in a netflix queue, and probably a good double feature with Shaun of the Dead! ~ Stiffy Out ~

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 10:43 a.m. CST


    by SydBarretsMyDad

    Its called slang. And I'll apologize for it when you apologize for your shitty punctuation and grammar, asshat. And forgive me for not finding poorly done CGI slugs "slithering" around very frightening.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Watched this last night and loved it (minor spoilers).

    by KrazeeEyesKilla

    I didn't think it was quite up to the "American Werewolf in London" standard of horror/humor, but it definitely was a lot of fun. I laughed my ass off when the old lady zombie with blood dripping from her mouth chased the mayor up the stairs yelling "Fucking Republican!!" It was refreshing to see a funny horror film that didn't try to hard to go the stale, self-awareness route of "Scream". I love the fact that they put some Gordon/Yuzna style into the makeup effects, channeling films like "Society" and "From Beyond". Fillion needs to be getting more work. Maybe he needs to hire Liz Banks' agent, since she's showing up in more films. I think Rooker is a horribly underrated actor, but I couldn't help hearing Robert Duval's voice over the NASCAR headset in the scene where he was surrounded: "You mess with Rowdy Burns and you're gonna get a REAL Ass Kicking!"

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Fun movie...some great lines...

    by chaos731

    ...the best line in the whole movie is the mayor's rant, "Where's the goddamn Mr. Pibb? Pardy, you told me your secretary was getting Mr. Pibb, so where's the goddamn Mr. Pibb?! Goddamn! It's the only goddamn fuckin' kind of Coke that I like!" Hysterical stuff. Very southern.

  • Oct. 31, 2006, 12:55 p.m. CST

    More great lines:

    by movienutz

    Bill Pardy: Hell, if he had a 'Jina, you'd'a married him, too. Gina's Kid: What's a "'Jina"? Bill Pardy: [after an awkward pause] It's a country. You know, where "Jinese" people come from. Learn to eavesdrop better. __________________________________

  • Nov. 6, 2006, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Is it my imagination or....


    did the first half of this flick take itself seriously?

  • Nov. 21, 2006, 3:10 a.m. CST


    by jack scagnetti

    This hokey piece of crapola, purported to be a loveletter to eighties schlock. It wasnt, it was just a bland,mediocre,rubbery turd. The effects were sub-eighties and they looked like shit.Think of any half decent eighties genre flick,it was better. ,Gunn says that he's a fan of CARPENTER'S THING,AND THAT THAT MOVIE WAS THEIR ON SET BIBLE!!! Gunn is an incomptent buffoon who should get the fuck back to TROMA.