Category Archives: Troma
Okay, Slither is pretty mainstream (at least for this site), so I’m going to assume you’ve all seen it by now but I love it so much that I can’t not talk about it here. Directed by James Gunn and starring Elizabeth Banks, Nathan Fillion and Michael Rooker, this is by far one of my favorite horror comedies of all time. It’s hilarious – there are one-liners coming at you fast and furious and the aliens are disgusting AND silly. Plus Nathan Fillion. *sighs* Nathan Fillion….is there anything that man can’t do?
The story starts in a small town, where Starla (Banks) and Grant (Rooker) are husband and wife. All’s well till out of nowhere crashes a meteorite while Grant’s off frolicking in the woods with a local gal (naughty, naughty Grant!)…and well, we all know what happens next. Aliens. Big slug like aliens that turn people into acid spitting zombies. Or do this…
Grant is, of course, infected with a parasite and slowly starts to change…the changes start to concern Starla who worries his health may be starting to fail. Grant blows her and the doctors off with lame excuses and goes to impregnant the aforementioned local gal with some hopped up alien babies. Starla, meanwhile, runs to her high school crush, Sheriff Bill Pardy (Fillion) for comfort.
So what does this alien parasite want? It wants to infect all of humanity with a hive consciousness and then meld all bodies together until it’s “all there is”. Ew. And at some point along the way, it decides it really really wants Starla. Double Ew.
Who will be victorious? Sheriff Bill Pardy or the evil Grant monster?? Are there really 104 deaths in 104 minutes? Are all those funny names of town buildings nods to horror movies past? Did Lloyd Kaufman really make a video diary for this movie? Who exactly is Bill Pardy”? So many questions, friends and only one way to f ind out…
Oh Troma, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…Nobody but you could make a movie as horrific as Zombiegeddon and still leave me dying of laughter. You truly have the art of bad movie making down to a T. God bless you, Troma and God bless you, Lloyd Kaufman.
Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way – any movie that starts out with a fake newscast about how the movie is truly a piece of shit, has got to be worth watching (at least IMHO). I mean, if they’re willing to tell you up front not to take the time to watch the movie and that people have threatened to kill themselves after watching the movie just to erase the memories – I ask, how can you NOT watch it?? Maybe that’s just me though. I tend to do the things people warn me against.
Alright, now, imagine that you have a video camera and you get all your friends together and say, “Hey! Let’s improv a whole movie about zombies!”. Now imagine that your friends are all Paris Hilton. Welcome to “Zombiegeddon” – the acting skills of Paris Hilton with the homegrown directing, writing and editing skills of Joe Schmo. (I know, it’s a pretty horrible image, Paris Hilton’s running around and acting all over the place. I sincerely apologize for putting that in your head). I think there might have actually been a script for this but there was no need. None at all. The entire movie looks entirely improvised, the fight choreography left me on the floor howling with laughter and Lloyd Kaufman? *sighs* Once again I say bless you for making an appearance as a janitor with a gimp leg.
But what of plot you say? Well, there’s not much of one actually, but the basic premise is this: Satan is making super-zombies and oh, no, what will the world do, won’t somebody do something?? Never fear though because “In every generation, there is a chosen one. He alone shall stand against the zombies.” That’s right, guys and gals. There is a chosen one, a guy with a sacred birthright, who just happens to be a crooked cop.
Yeah, it really just doesn’t get better than this…