Director - Dave Parker
Starring - Brandon Salkil (Applecart, Snuffet), Keith Voigt Jr. (ArMe, Lust), and Jeremy Ryan (Bath Salt Zombies, A Black Heart in White Hell)
Release Date - 2015
Genre - Horror/Comedy
Format - Streaming (Online Screener)
Rating (out of 5):
Filmmakers now-a-days forget films are meant to be fun even horror films. Most in the horror game try to take it to extremes in hopes of pushing the boundaries and creating shock value. For the most part these films can be entertaining but they are not fun like so many films of yesteryear. I miss the time when we had films like The Monster Squad, Night of the Creeps, Creepshow, and Return of the Living Dead. These films had fun characters, a simple but fun story, and never had a dull moment. Recently, YouTube reviewer Dave Parker, aka mrparka, wrapped up his new horror comedy anthology Slimy Little Bastards. This film had my name written all over it. When the film was ready, Dave sent the link to the online screener my way. Thanks Dave!
The film follows an eccentric curator (Salkil) who just moved into a new place and is unpacking his vast collection of small creatures and oddities. He gets a knock at the door and finds Jack (Voigt) who just broke down near his home and is asking for assistance. The curator agrees and lets Jack in. While walking through his home he shows Jack three specimens all with strange tales of their own. The first is about a green blob like creature living in the kitchen drain of a young man. Unaware the creature is there, he calls a plumber to see why his sick is acting strange. The plumber starts working on it freeing the creature resulting in his death. The second specimen is about a therapist who is helping a patient of his by giving her an experimental drug to help her become a fully functioning member of society. However, after every treatment someone turns up dead until she discovers that it is not an experimental drug at all but a small creature. The third specimen is a creature associated with a tale about a group of friends playing a fantasy table-top game when one of them has to shit. He then shits out some creatures that each have their own special abilities. They must then fight for their lives for real instead of role playing.
Very few horror films try to be fun anymore. All they want to do is shove as much blood and gore at the viewer as they can in an hour and a half. Filmmakers need to all take a step back from this and pop in My Mom is a Werewolf to see not all horror films need to shock and aw. Before you all shit and moan, I love gore flicks but sometimes I want a movie that is just a fun watch. Dave knows exactly what I am talking about and delivered one hell of an anthology that combines horror and comedy resulting in a fun trip that we don't see that often in horror. The acting in this one is fantastic. The entire cast nails it with their over the top performances and taking on multiple roles. The cast really had fun in their roles and it shows in every scene. Sadly, no one, and I mean no one, holds a candle to Brandon Salkil and his amazing performance as the curator. Salkil kills it with his best Vincent Price impression and makes the film just that much better. His performance here is one of my favorite performances from any film. The stories for these three tales, along with their bookend story with the curator, are all equally as fun and offer a lot of creature feature mayhem. A few of these stories are not that original but they do offer up some clever spins on these old stories resulting in some genuine laughs. Finally, the film does have several kill scenes. Some are bloody, others are gooey, and they all offer up some great practical effects and creature design. The kills may not be original but they entertain. Overall, Slimy Little Bastards is a monster movie for true horror fans looking for a good time. If you want to have a good time with a movie then this one is for you! Check this one out now and stop reading this poorly written review!