Sunday, January 24, 2010
Day 318: Slugs (1953) - Rank 4.5/5...or 1/5
Please be warned. My high rating of the film could also be translated into a very low rating, for the film is one of the worst films I've ever seen. However, unlike "Manos: Hands of Fate," "Red Zone Cuba," "Teenagers from Outer Space" or a dozen other flicks introduced to a wider audience by Mystery Science Theater 3000, the film is a funny watch alone. Even Tommy Wiseau's "The Room" has laughable moments, but the film is practically unbearable when watching it alone. In fact, most bad films demand group settings and ample libations, but "Slugs" is one of those few exceptions. There were numerous parts where I guffawed over the jilted dialog as a result of a preposterous visual or stale line.
What's the premise? It's that slugs have developed a taste for human flesh and they attack a town. There is not a single element about this film that is intentionally campy or tongue-in-cheek. The epic is played out as serious as serious-can-be (which isn't much, considering the storyline). You will see teenage girls have their tits devoured by a tidal wave of gastropods, a businessman's eyes explode with a gusher of nematodes, slug puppets with teeth and a "cutting edge" research laboratory with safety signs posted in the background that clearly I.D. the room as a high school classroom. The sad thing is the film was based on a book (which I must pick up). Neither the film's gore nor absurdity can be understated. In fact, as of this moment, I am officially declaring that "Slugs" shall be the first film to premiere at my drive-in this season. Seriously, the mind reels...just check the awesome trailer.
Watch the Trailer