J.P. Simon, Jose A. Escriva, Ron Gantman, Shaun Hutson (novel, "Slugs")
Michael Garfield as Mike Brady
Kim Terry as Kim Brady
Philip MacHale as Don Palmer
Alicia Moro as Maureen Watson
Santiago Alvarez as John Folley
Concha Cuetos as Maria Palmer
John Battaglia as Sheriff Reese
By Ronnie Angel
I must admit, when I first popped in this piece of forgotten 80s horror cinema, I was not expecting much at all. In fact, I was expecting another god awfull cheesy, campy bug movie along the lines of Ticks or Skeeter. In other words, I didn’t expect anything good at all. Imagine my surprise then, when I found that not only is this movie not that bad, but…. it is actually pretty damn entertaining and good! Actually, the best word to describe Slugs is FUN! Sure, it’s pretty damn cheesy and the general idea is pretty laughable, but with the delivery, Slugs actually turned into a decent little horror movie. Not only that, but it does even manage to…ahem, get under your skin a bit. Plus, for those gore hounds out there, there’s a ton of that as well. I think Slugs is actually quite similar to a monster movie like The Blob or The Thing in a lot of ways.
Admittedly, the general idea is pretty wonky: giant mutated slugs killing off the residents of small town USA. After all, who would ever be scared of a slug? I mean, it is one of the slowest creatures in the world after all! Surprisingly, the makers of this film are able to make the movie a little believable, without making it too laughable (unlike Ticks). Basically, a toxic waste dump has created monster slugs, but has been sealed off for years. Suddenly the giant mutated beasties find their way into the sewers and into people’s homes. Now you may be asking “How can a slug hurt somebody?” Well, we find out soon enough that these guys have teeth, and in great numbers they mean as hell! Hmm, slugs with teeth though… Wouldn’t those pretty much be Leeches technically? Regardless, that’s not even the tip of the iceberg with these guys. Watch for the business meeting scene to truly grasp the nightmare that is Slugs in all of its gory greatness! Absolutely horrifying, but awesome at the same time! The effects in this little movie are actually very impressive and well done. This movie has a lot going for it: Faces exploding, naked girls eaten by slugs, giant mullets, slug on hamster assault, a huge body count, lots of explosions and more gore than you could imagine!
The residents of the town start getting eaten gradually by the slimy army, which eventually leads our main characters directly into the Lion’s den… or Slug’s den rather, in the sewers to deal with the problem first hand. Of course, those slugs put up one hell of a fight! That’s basically the movie in a nutshell. The characters are surprisingly not so one dimensional though. Although there are a few standard dumb teens in the film, it’s mostly the older generation of town taking center stage. The politicians, police, city workers, etc. play important roles here and the acting isn’t that bad. However, like I said before, the effects are truly the best thing here.
If you want a good gory, fun filled couple hours of entertainment, I suggest searching this one out. Just don’t eat salad while you’re watching it as you may regret it.