SLUGS – Movie Review

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SLUGS

  • RELEASE DATE: Now Available on Blu-ray (Click Here to Purchase a Copy)
  • WRITTEN BY: Juan Piquer Simón, José Antonio Escrivá, Ron Gantman, Shaun Hutson
  • DIRECTED BY: Juan Piquer Simón
  • STARRING: Michael Garfield, Kim Terry, Philip MacHale

The man what brought us one of the most insane-o stalk n’ slash flicks ever, PIECES, directed a film about killer slugs. Just from that sentence alone you have already decided if this is an absolute “must see” for your ass. But; if you are for some reason you are on the fence (or extremely bored), please read on as I give SLUGS the ol’ Daniel XIII treatment (which includes a surprising amount of hugs actually)…

SLUGS concerns the adventures of a health inspector named Mike Brady (wha??) who is more than a little concerned about the number of shockingly mutilated corpses (which really any number above zero should be reason to be alarmed) that are showing up all over a small rural community. Through some leaps of logi…I mean detective work ol’ Brady determines that the cause of all the mayhem is a gaggle of large mutant slugs living in the sewers. Seems as good an answer as any really. What follows is a whirling dervish that includes (but is in no way limited to): an old man that runs hot and cold with his friendship towards his dog, raunchy sax music at a restaurant where every woman sports shoulder pads, old women bitching about smells, exploding greenhouses, trash bags utilized to make it seem like a floor is completely covered in slugs, and most important of all, gallons of gore!

Every bit as filled to the brim with eccentric characters, bizarre musical choices, ridiculous dialog (”They were nice people, I liked them a lot” in reference to two dead characters that our hero simply can’t believe have passed on…not to mention the “Happy Birthday” zinger I’m not going to spoil here) and nonsensical storytelling as PIECES, SLUGS is one hell of an entertaining fright flick. As the film rockets from one completely ludicrous scene to the next you simply won’t believe what new bit of nonsense is laid upon you next as the titular creatures eat up the cast who in turn eat up the scenery.

As flat-out entertaining as SLUGS is; the sexy devils at Arrow Video have seen fit to include plenty of extra content on this release as well. Contained within are; two commentary tracks, one by writer/filmmaker Chris Alexander and the other by the author of the novel the film was based on, Shaun Hutson, interviews with actor Emilio Linder, special effects artist Carlo De Marchis, art director Gonzalo Gonzalo, and production manager Larry Ann Evans (featuring a look at the film’s locations as they appear today). Rounding out the package is the film’s trailer.

I really can’t recommend SLUGS enough; it defies logic (and the standards of quality film making) at almost every turn; but I’ll be god-damned if it isn’t one of the most entertaining fright flicks you will ever see, thanks in no small part by its brisk pace, buckets of blood, and bizarre, unexplainable charm.

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