Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Slugs (1988)

Title: Slugs (1988)

Director: J.P. Simon

Cast: Michael Garfield, Kim Terry 


J.P. Simon is a Spanish director who has made some of the worst films to ever be committed to celluloid. If you ask me, he is Spain’s own Uwe Boll; and in case you don’t know who Uwe Boll is, then check out his filmography, I’m sure you’ll agree that most of his films (if not all) are some of the worst you’ve seen in your life. With directors such as these, I always wonder:  how do they do it? How do they convince a producer to give them cash to make these crappy movies? And they keep making movies too, they don’t stop! For example, Uwe Boll has made 28 films so far; and I’m sure he’ll keep making more. I guess as long as video clubs keep buying and renting his films, he’ll keep turning in a profit…and he’ll keep coming back; same thing with J.P. Simon. Mr. Simon is a director who’s pretty much kept his career in Spain; but at various points in his career, he’s attempted to make films that he could sell to American distributors. If you’re a slasher film fan, then I’m sure you’ve seen J.P. Simon’s Pieces (1982); not a bad little slasher if you ask me. It gets pretty gory at times; but it is not without its nonsensical moments.

Another one of J.P. Simon’s attempts at making a film aimed at an American audience was Cthulhu Mansion (1992); a film that in spite of having Lovecraft’s name plastered all over it’s poster, has absolutely nothing to do with Lovecraft or his stories! It is terribly acted, cheesy as hell and horribly edited, but it’s a fun movie to watch because of this. After seeing Cthulhu Mansion I was convinced I had seen one of the worst films ever made; I laughed my ass off no doubt. But a good movie it wasn’t! So it was with great curiosity that I decided to finally watch Slugs, J.P. Simon’s killer slugs movie. I kept hearing that it was gruesome and gory, so I decided to finally give it a chance, you know,  out of morbid curiosity. Call me crazy, but I like seeing a lot of these ‘bad movies’, they make me laugh and lighten up my nights. With Slugs, I knew I would probably be in for a goofy ‘so bad it’s good movie’, so I was prepared for that this time around. Turns out, I was right! This is yet another terrible yet fun film from director J.P. Simon.

Story goes something like this: mutant killer slugs (with teeth!) are procreating in the sewer system of the small town known as Merton. Mike Brady, the towns health inspector knows this and is trying to get someone to hear him out, but you know how horror films go, no one believes Mikes mutant slugs story. Hell, I wouldn’t either! Unless I was in a cheesy horror movie like this one that is! So anyhow, dead people start piling up and only then do the authorities believe Mike. Can Mike whip up a way to kill the slugs before they eat their way through the town?  

Choking on a Slug! 

 So yeah, this is the kind of movie where only one person knows what’s really going on and nobody in town wants to believe him. Mike goes around telling people that there are killer slugs in the sewer but everyone reacts the same way “your crazy! Go to hell!” This movie is so nonsensical, that even when people have actually seen someone choke on slugs and even seen a persons head explode with slugs, they still don’t believe Mike’s killer slugs story! I mean, people, didn’t you just see someone’s head explode as slugs and worms came out of it? Helloooo! Wake up! The people in this movie are so dumb that even when they know their town was a toxic waste dump a few years ago they don’t believe! If we’re going to talk about this films negative traits, then by far, the worst thing this film has is it’s dialog and acting. The actors say their lines fast, just to get them out of the way in an extremely robotic fashion, they speak simply to expose plot points. For example, they'll say things like “Now maybe, just maybe, we might be dealing with a mutant form of slug here, a kind that eats meat!” This film has porn movie dialog and actors, no doubts about it. To make matters worse, most of the dialog is dubbed because J.P. Simon filmed most of the movie in Spain, with Spanish actors. But the main attraction on this kind of film are the monsters and the deaths they cause and in that respect, Slugs delivers. 

On the positive side of the spectrum, same as with J.P. Simon’s Pieces, the film is extremely gory; and this is something that J.P. Simon is known for. He might be a terrible filmmaker, but he sure knows how to cook up a gruesome death! On this one we have naked people being attacked by slugs and people’s heads bursting with slugs! Slugs eat the hand of an old man, after which he chops it off! The deaths get ugly on this one. The effects are interesting too; at one point we get a close up of a slug that shows us it’s teeth and bites Mike’s finger! It looks hilarious! You will have a fun time listening to the inane dialog, and watching these actors dig themselves deeper into their acting career graves, but overall, Slugs is simply a bad movie with some decent gore effects. It’s a series of gory deaths strung together by a paper thin plot, but then again, that’s what b-movies are all about, so b-movie lovers just might find some enjoyment with this one, I know I did. For other killer slug movies, I’d recommend checking out Squirm (1976), Night of the Creeps (1986) or Slither (2006), all of which are all infinitely better killer slug films then this one. 

Rating: 2 ½ out of 5   

 Slugs is based on a novel of the same name by author Shaun Hutson


Betosky82 said...

you's a crazy nigga, this movie is awesome. I love that the first thing they think when getting bitten by a slug is cutting an arm off. And the scene where they eat the slugs, and the naked couple getting eaten after fucking... shit man this is better than most of Wes Craven's movies.

By the way, Squirm is worms, not slugs.

Franco Macabro said...

Hey Jorge, I think I did mentioned that I enjoyed this film and that it has good gory effects; I thought Slugs was hilarious!

Anonymous said...

Great write-up, FC! This movie is goofy, gory fun. This was actually the very first film I ever reviewed on my blog, and I think my closing thought still wraps up feelings about it pretty well.

"You know that movie Slither? It's like that movie's older brother, but not quite as handsome, and not nearly as good at sports."


Chiggers TV said...

I think you ask the right question but the answer is fairly obvious once I hit the comments button. Because there are people who do enjoy these films no matter how crappy they may seem, but yeah, I agree with you completely.

Franco Macabro said...

Johnny: I'll check out your review, but I totally agree, Slugs is a lot like Slither. But in my opinion, I think Slugs is a whole lot more like Squirm, which I think is the film that Slugs borrowed the most from.

Squirm is not a masterpiece, but it is a decent monster movie and a bit more epic then Slugs, especially towards the end. I remember loving the fact that there were so many worms on Squirm, at one point a character actually drowns in worms! If you haven't checked it out yet, I recommend it, the ending is all kinds of awesome!

Chiggers: Me for example, I enjoy this type of film, a cheap b-movie with bad dialog and a lot of shock value, but in the end, even though I have a great time with them, I recognize they are bad, in the sense that the acting is not good, and neither is the dialog.

Thanks for commenting!

otis rampaging heterosexuality said...

I think Uwe Boll is a great film-maker, for some reason everyone likes to trash his movies but i`ve never seen one that i wasn`t incredibly entertained by.

Franco Macabro said...

I stopped watching them somewhere around BloodRayne; maybe he's gotten better with time?

Anonymous said...

From what I understand, Boll was up until recently using a loophole in German film laws that allowed him to continue to make a profit off his films even if they crashed at the box office. They've since fixed that loophole, so time will tell if he willingly improves.

Jack Thursby said...

Never seen this film but "think" I read the book as a kid. I read a whole bunch of Shaun Hutson stuff and can attest it was some of the most juvenial and trashy literature ever published!

If I get a chance I'll give it a go.

Franco Macabro said...

Anonymous: I do remember reading about that loophole he was using to make his films.

@Jack Thursby: It's a gory b-movie, fun times!

Franco Macabro said...

Yeah? Sounds like fun times. I use to read "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, he he...memories..I do remember my first horror novel, it was the novelization of the 1988 remake of The Blob. Juvenile? Sure, but I had such good times reading horror novels as a kid. Still do actually, only now I read Matheson and Lovecraft.


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