Slither

dir. James Gunn

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Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, and Firefly's Nathan Fillion star in this hilariously gross horror comedy about a small town invaded by an army of mind-controlling space slugs.

Out drinking after a fight with his beautiful young wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks), small-town businessman Grant Grant (Michael Rooker) encounters a crashed meteorite that contains a mysterious extraterrestrial virus, which invades his body and begins to mutate him into a hideous, otherworldly creature. Soon, Grant and an army of slimy space slugs descend upon the town, eager to feast on the innards (and brains) of the unsuspecting citizens; with nowhere else to turn, it's up to Starla and her childhood crush Sheriff Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion) to stop the squirmy invasion before everyone ends up as slug food. Full of inventive creature effects and gross-out gags, James Gunn's hilariously disgusting horror comedy draws freely from Cronenberg's work (including a shout-out to Shivers with an icky bathtub scene) as it gleefully sends up the alien-invasion sub-genre.