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Regarding the controversy about this film’s similarities to NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, NOTC writer/director Fred Dekker accepts Gunn’s claims that he’d never even heard of it. Why? Because he was subject of a similar controversy: turns out, years before Dekker made MONSTER SQUAD, there was a TV show with the same name and concept!

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Yes yes yes HELL YES.

Highly unappreciated film.

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I rented Slither because of Nathan Fillion…but I went out and bought Slither because godDAMN. When I moved house and misplaced the DVD, I bought it again.

I love that movie more than Citizen Kane. it is the perfect balance of humor and horror.

But you neglected to include Elizabeth Banks in your praise of the cast. She is also a tremendous asset to this movie.

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I happily saw this in theatres and loved every minute of it.

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One of my favorite bits of filk is Seanan McGuire’s Country Song, based on Slither: http://seananmcguire.com/songbook.php?id=71

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Man, who hasn’t seen Slither by now? Remember, assumptions in your title make an ass out of your umptions.

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sonofzeal said on April 2nd, 2010 at 1:37 pm

You know…. apparently I hate babies, because it didn’t really work for me. I’m not a fan of horror-comedy in general though, so take that as you will.

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Starlaaaaaa…..Starlaaaaaa

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Gunn also wrote a goofy little superhero film called The Specials (I thought he had originally directed it, but apparently not). I figure it’s worth a watch for most people who’d visit this blog.

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I don’t think anyone should feel ashamed of babies, because my God their every orifice is always oozing some unpleasant substance.

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The commentary is great too. My favorite bit (aside from the Nathan Fillian color commentary) is right at the end when the director admits that the movie didn’t make as much as some movie about a haunted video game that came out at the same time. His reaction: Yeah, well, that movie made more than ours, but it always has to suck.

I think the fact that I can’t even remember that movie’s name, but is raving about the commentary track of Slither says it all.

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The whole sneaking thing probably did not hurt the box office, as from what I recall it usually involved buying a ticket for some movie that you could get in and then going to the wrong theater. Which means some kid friendly movie playing alongside Slither suffered

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YES. VERY YES.

Slither was a great horror film. I had real dialogue, comical scenes, character development and some seriously creepy moments.

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On the one hand, I’m kinda depressed that Slither fits into this category. On the other, it is fucking genius, so if anything gets more people to see it, then I am in favour.

I think I may rewatch it tonight.

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I liked this movie, but I think my hopes were too high for it– a spiritual Evil Dead successor starring Nathan Fillion? Too many expectations.

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highlyverbal said on April 2nd, 2010 at 4:56 pm

People who sneak in are never counted in box office receipts. Because, you know, no receipt.

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Doctor Hal said on April 2nd, 2010 at 6:02 pm

If I recall correctly, there was a scene in the film where the sheriffs all arm up to face the alien menace… and the predator theme swells in the background.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Krb8A9W91A

That instantly made me love it.

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I’m not a big horror fan, but Slither is a fun movie that I was glad to add to my collection after seeing. And someone mentioned The Specials, one of the best supers movies around. Even if it doesn’t actually feature any of the things expected in supers movies…

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I saw this in theaters, too, by the way…one of the most sublime theatrical experiences of my life. It was a Wednesday matinee showing, and I was literally alone in the theater. All the experience of watching a horror movie in a movie theater, plus all the experience of watching a horror movie totally alone in a dark room. Fucking. Awesome.

And yes, I know that literally “sneaking in” never added to a film’s box office receipts, but I meant it more in the metaphorical sense; ticket takers used to be a lot more lax about checking IDs than they are now, and pretty much as long as at least one person in the group was…or looked kinda like they might be…seventeen, they’d sell them tickets. I used to see so many age-inappropriate movies back then…

And yes, I didn’t get a chance to mention Elizabeth Banks. Or Tania Saulnier, who shows up halfway through the film and absolutely rocks her part. Or the “Who Is Bill Pardy?” extra, which may well be the finest DVD extra ever known to the human race. But I can only gush about this film for so long before people will start thinking James Gunn paid me or something. :)

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@John

I’m going out on a limb and guessing Silent Hill is the movie referenced in the commentary. I THINK it came out about the same time.

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Tenken347 said on April 2nd, 2010 at 10:47 pm

No, the video game movie is Stay Alive with Frankie Munez. I’d be embarrassed, too, if it outgrossed a movie I made.

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Stay Alive it was. And I think the point is well made. Is Stay Alive ever going to be the subject of one of these article? I’d bet ‘no.’

I didn’t think Silent Hill was bad (I didn’t think it was good, either). Moody and weird, and over reliant on freaky special effects. On the plus side it got a “holy crap” out of me when Pyramid Head pulled the skin off of that girl outside the church.

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Agree 100% with the original article.

I need to rewatch this one now…

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I do like the Specials. Pity Slither didn’t take off more for Gunn. There were one or two nice nods to his Troma era as well in it.

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Craig Oxbrow said on April 4th, 2010 at 12:15 am

After seeing Slither in the cinema, I helped break up a mugging, I felt that much of a Big Damn Hero.

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Oh yeah forgot to mention another underrated horror/comedy flick: Lake Placid.

Not as gory as Slither but really good and quite wierd.

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Vellocet said on April 7th, 2010 at 9:53 am

Slither was one of those films I’m a little proud to have seen on the original theatrical run. I wait for many films to just run on Movie Central, but some are worth the theatre experience. Slither, No Country for Old Men, Fantastic Mr. Fox. Films like those that are fairly quiet at the box office but deserve a big screen, feels like a privledge to see them that was as apparently few others do.

No Country did fine box office i think but it wasn’t the kind of filmt hat packed theatres either.

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Slither is one of those rare movies where, if the DVD had been sold in the lobby, I would have purchased it and raced home and watched it again. As a plus, I watched it with my VERY pregnant SIL (think overdue) and my screams during the movie almost put her into labor. I’d like to think my niece came out just a little more twisted due to that.

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