Whimsy Wednesday: SLiTHER

A vision flashed through my mind: A woman, on her knees, going into convulsions with her eyes rolling into the back of her head as a foot-long red parasite burrowed through her mouth and into the back of her throat, flapping its tail like a docked trout.

That’s all it was, just an image, not a story. I didn’t do anything with it then, nor over the next six years.
— James Gunn
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In celebration of Guardians of the Galaxy coming out, I thought it'd be great to revisit this odd gem. I saw Slither in theaters back in 2006 and it's stuck with me in the years since. While I'm familiar with the Troma films, I only really knew of The Toxic Avenger. Still, I have an unabashed love for all things horror. To add to its charm, it also stars Nathan Fillion and Elizabeth Banks, before their careers had really exploded.

On James Gunn's website, he has come up with 50 (!) things that you probably didn't know about that movie. While it is gross-out body type horror, it is still a lot of fun and absurd in all sorts of ways.

He also has another movie, Super, which is just as crazy. He also wrote the Dawn of the Dead remake, with definite spots of dark humor. In other words, I adore James Gunn's work and can't wait to see what he does with bigger and bigger budgets.

Unfortunately, with the new baby arriving, we haven't got to see Guardians, but I hope we'll be able to slink away in the next couple weeks. But, from everything I've heard, he does a great job blending multiple disparate elements, as well as including the same type of grotesque humor that he's known for.

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Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.