Slugs

 

slugs_2d_dvdbReview by David Paul Hellings

@HellingsOnFilm

 

THEY SLIME. THEY OOZE. THEY KILL.

“From celebrated Spanish director Juan Piquer Simón, the man behind the truly demented slasher flick Pieces (1982), comes a terrifying tale of mutant slugs on the rampage in small-town America.

The townsfolk of a rural community are dying in strange and gruesome circumstances. Following the trail of horrifically mutilated cadavers, resident health inspector Mike Brady is on the case to piece together the mystery. He soon comes to a terrifying conclusion giant slugs are breeding in the sewers beneath the town, and they’re making a meal of the locals!

Based on the novel by acclaimed British horror author Shaun Hutson, Slugs outdoes its creature feature peers by adding an extra dose of gross-out gore into the equation, culminating in one of the most squirm-inducing animal attack movies ever to slither its way across screens”.

-via Fetch Publicity

Review:

When you watch Juan Piquer Simón’s “Slugs”, you’re taken back to a happier time where budgets were small; effects were hand made and imaginative; CGI didn’t replace decent writing and there was a script; the cast looked like people rather than models, and there was gore.

The current mainstream horror releases are mostly haunted houses, possessions, with the occasional half decent body horror turning up. “Slugs” is a reminder that there’s nothing better than watching for a while and then suddenly something nasty happens and the audience thinks ‘cool’.

Director Simón’s film, exteriors shot in the US, interiors in Spain, has enough moments of slug-related nastiness to surely keep most horror fans happy, largely due to the great work by special effects artist Carlo De Marchis. Bedrooms and restaurants are perfect locations for perfect gore.

“Slugs” is great value and this release is extremely welcome for a horror that is still enormous fun with moments of very black humour and bloody outcomes. It’s always a timely reminder that infection and/or body horror films are generally an area of the horror market not currently overexploited by the industry. The days of David Cronenberg, before he became an ‘artist’, are still some of the last and best of psychological body horror film moments.

Director Juan Piquer Simón delivers a B-movie with A-movie fun in terms of effective deaths amongst the characters and is as entertaining now as always.

This is an excellent restoration that keeps the natural look whilst bringing back strong colour, great image and audio, and allows vile things to re-enter your world with clarity.

Nasty fun.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new restoration from original film elements
High Definition (1080p) presentation on Blu-Ray edition
Original Uncompressed PCM Stereo audio on Blu-Ray
Original Stereo audio on DVD
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary by writer and filmmaker Chris Alexander
Here’s Slugs In Your Eye, an interview with actor Emilio Linder
They Slime, They Ooze, They Kill: The Effects of Slugs, an interview with special effects artist Carlo De Marchis
Invasion USA, an interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo
The Lyons Den, an interview and locations tour with production manager Larry Ann Evans 1988 Goya Awards promo reel
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by writer Michael Gingold

BLU-RAY DETAILS

Region: B
Rating: 18
Duration: 92 mins
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Stereo
Colour
Discs: 1
RRP: £15.99

DVD DETAILS

Region: B
Rating: 18
Duration: 92 mins
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Stereo
Colour
Discs: 1
RRP: £12.99

 

This review appeared on SFFWorld at:

http://www.sffworld.com/2016/09/film-review-slugs/

 

 

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