Arrow Films brings the animal-run-amok flick “Slugs” to Blu-ray. This marks the first time the wild Juan Simon film has been in HD. “Slugs,” like other Simon classics, is cheesy, a tad sleazy, and almost always fun.
The plot of “Slugs” is silly but not untypical for the time. The sewer system has been polluted by toxic waste and has created mutated, you guessed it, slugs. This outlandish set up is comparable to a slew of 50s science fiction films. During the 50s it seemed for whatever reason people believed that meddling in science and the use of radiation would create giant animals and insects who craved the destruction of the human race (see films “Them!” and “Godzilla” for example). In the 80s and 90s the equivalent was toxic waste; the world had become aware of how important taking care of the environment was. This of course lead to the entertainment industries quickly exploiting it. Naturally, this aforementioned toxic waste and environmental awareness was responsible for concepts and ideas made from pure nonsense. Some of the most memorable creations include a deformed super strong monster who branded a mop to clean up crime, a quartet of mutated ninja turtles, and on the other side of the coin, malignant, man eating slugs. These abominations were only a few of the dozens of toxic waste creations that littered cartoons, movies, and comics. “Slugs” not only fits in the "toxic waste genre,” but also the “sewer genre”; these two genres usually went hand in hand (see “C.H.U.D.” and “Alligator”). Along with the sewer, the backdrop to “Slugs” is middle class suburbia. Unlike the big city sewer horror mentioned previously this setting creates a feeling of safety and familiarity that lets this Midwest viewer sink right into a comfy spot and shut his brain off. This is the only way to watch “Slugs,” brain dead.
The strongest part of “Slugs” is by far the special effects, Carlo De Marchis did a wonderful job, especially while being on a budget. The deaths in the film are plentiful and extremely gory. The best of these is that of the naked couple being mauled after intercourse and that of a man who ingests a slug and implodes at an Italian restaurant. The miniatures are top notch as well and go unnoticed for nearly the entire duration of the film, until the sewer finale. The score for “Slugs” is composed by a huge orchestra and is much bigger than the budget and tone would suggest; this offset in quality creates some unintentional humor. The acting varies immensely in the film, some of the actors appear to be dubbed and it hurts the performances, creating even more unintentional humor. The Spanish/ American co-production clearly created some dialogue hurdles as well. These strange moments help with the cheese factor and make it that much more enjoyable. A surprisingly gratuitous sex scene is sure to please at least a few viewers. It’s also worth noting that the framing during the "action" somehow manages to cut the duo's genitals out for the most part, even as they slide and jump away from the slugs. The film flies by, the first 45 minutes feel like 20, if you aren't laughing you are cringing at the gore and slime. Surprisingly, “Slugs” was based off a novel written in 1982 which shows how different the literary world was at the time; one can assume equally as different as the film world is today in comparison to what it was then.
The Arrow edition is loaded with some great features, including two commentaries, one of which is with Michael Felsher (extras guru) and author of the novel, “Slugs,” Shaun Hutson. Hutson and Felsher are charming and funny. Hutson keeps it completely honest while taking jabs at himself and never passes up a chance to make a joke. The other commentary is a fan commentary by director and critic Chris Alexander. Also included are a few interviews, with actor Emilio Linder, special effects artist Carlo De Marchis, art director Gonzalo, and a look at the locations with production manager and friend of Juan Simon, Larry Ann Evans. The interviews are fairly insightful, the best of which being that with the special effects artist and the Evans one. “Slugs” looks top notch, sounds the same, and is loaded with wonderful features. So don't let it ooze away.
Slugs – 0:35
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THEY SLIME. THEY OOZE. THEY KILL. From celebrated Spanish director Juan Piquer Simon, the man behind the truly demented slasher flick Pieces (1982), comes a terrifying tale of mutant slugs on the rampage in small-town America. The townsfolk of a rural community are dying in strange and gruesome circumstances. Following the trail of horrifically mutilated cadavers, resident health inspector Mike Brady is on the case to piece together the mystery. He soon comes to a terrifying conclusion - giant slugs are breeding in the sewers beneath the town, and they're making a meal of the locals! Based on the novel by acclaimed British horror author Shaun Hutson, Slugs outdoes its creature feature peers by adding an extra dose of gross-out gore into the equation, culminating in one of the most squirm-inducing animal attack movies ever to slither its way across screens.
Brand new restoration from original film elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original Uncompressed PCM Stereo audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary by writer and filmmaker Chris Alexander
Here's Slugs In Your Eye - an interview with actor Emilio Linder
They Slime, They Ooze, They Kill: The Effects of Slugs - an interview with special effects artist Carlo De Marchis
Invasion USA - an interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo
The Lyons Den - an interview and locations tour with production manager Larry Ann Evans
1988 Goya Awards promo reel
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter
Fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by writer Michael Gingold
Child Eater – https://mvdshop.com/products/child-eater-dvd
A simple night of babysitting takes a horrifying turn when Helen learns the boogeyman really is in little Lucas' closet.
A babysitter. A missing kid. A local legend who feasts on the eyes of children. CHILD EATER is a stylish, nightmarish roller-coaster ride of a horror movie inspired by the fantastical tone of 1980s scary movies. When little Lucas goes missing from his bedroom in the middle of the night, his babysitter Helen ventures out into the deep, dark woods armed only with a flashlight and a fierce determination to find the boy. Every step of the way, she's painfully aware of the rumors about these woods: This is the home of Robert Bowery, a serial killer who years ago came for children's eyes in order to keep himself from going blind. But Robert Bowery was stopped and killed. He's long dead. So why do the rumors persist, decades later? As Helen travels deeper and deeper into the woods, towards an abandoned and rotting petting zoo, she starts to realize that perhaps the stories are all true. Perhaps he's still out there. Unfortunately, Helen has no clue exactly what kind of horrors she's in for. The night has just begun. As scary as it is imaginative, CHILD EATER is bloody good fun that harkens back to the golden age of slasher movies.
Long Night in a Dead City – https://www.gofundme.com/strapped-for-danger-fundraiser
Long Night in a Dead City is a dark coming of age tale written by celebrated playwright Lenny Schwartz and directed by award-winning filmmaker Richard Griffin.
Mr. Majestyk - http://www.deepdiscountdvd.com/mr-majestyk/738329135621
Charles Bronson stars as Majestyk, an ex-con and Vietnam vet whose efforts to run a farm are thwarted by narrow-minded locals and corrupt cops. But when a Mafia hitman (Al Lettieri) destroys Majestyk's crop, the farmer's fuse is finally blown. With his rifle in hand and his girlfriend (Linda Cristal) at the wheel, he goes after the syndicate assassin.
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