Monday, November 23, 2009
You probably already know what sort of movie this is from the title alone, but here’s another hint, it was made in the 1980’s. Got it? No? Ok, what if I told you the premise is that the health inspector and sanitation commissioner of a small town discover not only is the town built on a toxic waste dump and not only did a bulldozer inadvertently burst a pipe letting out who knows how much of those toxins, but that the toxins have morphed the local slugs into blood thirsty, and quite persistent, mutant killers? Got it now? Well, it is true that little happens in this 1988 flick by Spanish director JP Simon that isn’t right in line with what you’d expect and it’s also true that you’ve probably also already guessed what my rating at the end is going to be, but I will tell you this, it’s not nearly as bad as you’d think. I’ll admit the technical aspects of this flick are weak as hell. There’s a moment when a guy is running in a sewer and it’s obvious the floor is bowing under him (hard to do on concrete). And the audio is so bad that they dubbed over nearly all of it in post and, even with this, it’s still awful, with moments where what the actor was saying at the time of filming is clearly not what was dubbed in. But the acting isn’t terrible among the leads, though it is awful among the peripheral characters. And the stories sort of fun, though the dialogue is almost entirely rubbish. All in all, it’s a fun watch, especially if you like this kind of flick. See, I grew up watching campy gore and this is right up that ally. In fact, I can’t believe I’ve just now come across it. So, if you’re looking for some escape in the form of a gore-tastic flick that clearly spent ninety percent of its budget on special effects and the other ten on things like the caterer, this is the flick for you. If mutant slugs aren’t your thing (which doesn’t make any sense to me), then skip it.