I confess. I’ve got a soft spot for horror comedies.
So here’s my tribute to “Slither,” the best intentionally goofy horror film since “Tremors.” And very few folks paid to see it during its 2006 release.
“Slither” falls squarely in the “an asteroid fell to earth and carried with it something really nasty” genre.
The space rock infects a small-town jerk (Michael Rooker), turning him into a gross and gloppy creature who spits out baby versions of himself at an alarming rate. Soon, the entire town is overrun with slithering beasties, and it’s up to the noble sherriff (Nathan Fillion, perfection here) to save the day.
Silly, goofy and gory in all the right doses, “Slither” deserved a better box office fate. It’s even got the beguiling Elizabeth Banks! And yes, I may use the word “beguiling” before Miss Banks’ name from here on out.
(Photo: “Do I have something in my teeth?” Michael Rooker plays a mutated beastie in the horror comedy “Slither.”)