Slugs (1988) (Blu-ray Review)

Slugs (1988) (Blu-ray Review)

Slugs (1988) (Blu-ray Review)

📅15 November 2016, 14:12

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Slugs (1988) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Juan Piquer Simón
Starring: Michael Garfield, Kim Terry, Philip MacHale
Rated: R/Region AB/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Arrow Video

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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.

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Slugs is a weird one. And when I say that I do mean that in the best way possible. Here we watch a town get hit by a whole host of slugs that are mutated. These slimy things are not only bigger than they should be but they also now have teeth and eat anyone they come into contact with alive. I don’t know if this was a movie that was meant to be as funny as this one comes across. Sometimes I don’t know if it gets as funny as it does due to some weird Italian humor or if it just luck, but this is anything but a boring and dull film. We watch as health inspector of all people has to try to figure out what is going on with clueless residents and a dumb sheriff all there along the way. Soon he gets some help from a couple other folks and they have to take the fight to the slugs and the source of the slugs. While it probably never makes a lick of sense if I am, to be honest, I don’t think anyone will care. This one is just too much fun and too bloody to worry about such things as logic and common sense along the way. Seeing someone gets swarmed by a hellacious army of slugs and eaten to the bone makes for some very gruesome moments in the film and I’m happy to report that the movie has the gore effects to back that up.

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I think if you are a horror fan that loves the sillier side of horror that you will be a big fan of this one. If you are one of those people that love those wacky killer animal and insect movies, then this is probably one of the better ones out there. We’ve seen killer ants, killers bees, killer birds, killer worms, and so on and so forth, but slugs really make the best use of these darn things and the movie plays out perfectly as what it is. That, of course, being a movie you shouldn’t take seriously and one that works best as a midnight movie. You can enjoy this one solo or with a group of friends, but I do think you should give this one a watch for sure. Arrow gives us a great release here for this silly movie with a nice transfer and some cool extras to go along with it. Slugs isn’t a movie that will ever win any best of awards, or at least I wouldn’t think that it would. But it is a movie that will entertain you and keep you having a blast with it from start to finish with the weird characters, crazy plot, and awesome gore.

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Extras

– Brand new restoration from original film elements
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Original Uncompressed PCM Stereo audio
– 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

Quality of Transfer: 89%

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