When a meteor lands in the forest outside a small town, the alien inhabitant begins transforming the residents into mutant thralls.

The Highs
Slither has a ridiculously good cast, and every single person puts forth an incredible performance with the material that they are given. I will admit that I’ve always been positively biased towards Nathan Fillion because Firefly is one of my favorite shows of all time, but that’s beside the point. He’s the obvious standout here, along with Elizabeth Banks and Michael Rooker. Even Jenna Fischer’s, albeit small, role was excellent.

The Lows
I understand what James Gunn was going for here. Slither is an homage to monster movies and horror films of old. This is meant to be a B-movie, delivering scares and laughs and grotesque imagery in equal measure. Unfortunately, it just failed to accomplish any of those goals.

The script isn’t funny at all and, in fact, is just downright bad. The CGI effects were probably horrendous to begin with, but have certainly aged poorly. Most of the practical effects are questionable at best, with a few being better than others. The scene with Brenda (Brenda James) inflated like a human blimp is honestly one of the dumbest things I’ve witnessed in recent memory.

The cinematography throughout is pretty bland. The only memorable scene is the one where Jack (Gregg Henry) struggles to work his lighter in the dark, and eventually illuminates the spectacle of grisly cannibalistic carnage.

There is precisely zero character development in the entire film. The audience is thrown into a scenario featuring a handful of strangers without personalities, and nothing about that changes. Some attempt is made to elicit an emotional response for Grant (Michael Rooker) and Starla (Elizabeth Banks) but it, like the rest of the film, falls completely flat.

Speaking of that, Starla is a completely useless character. I mean she does literally nothing the entire film. It’s implied that she’s a bad wife because she isn’t in the mood for sex with her husband, and Gunn even attempts to make the audience feel bad for Grant when he’s out carousing with another woman. Despite being the object of Grant and Bill’s (Nathan Fillion) desire, Starla may as well not even exist.

Final Thoughts
The real tragedy is that Slither could have been a decent film if it took itself a little more seriously or, if comedy was a necessity, was written more competently. Instead, it turns out that this film is merely a waste of a lot of really talented actors and actresses.

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