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06-14-2004, 04:09 PM
Review Date: October 5, 2000
Released by: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release date: 10/5/2000
Region 1, NTSC
Widescreen 1.85:1 | 16x9: Yes
http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/n-z/slugs/slugs_shot1s.jpg (http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/n-z/slugs/slugs_shot1l.jpg) Mike Brady (Michael Garfield) is the health commissioner for a normally quiet litle town. Things change one morning when he's scheduled to go with Sheriff Reese (John Battaglia) over to local drunk Ron Bell's (Stan Schwartz) house for an eviction. When the two arrive at Ron's house it appears deserted. They find a window in the rear of the house that is open and climb on in. Inside they make a gruesome discovery - they find Ron's body, which has had most of the flesh and organs eaten out of it. Mike's unsure of what caused it, but his initial suspicion is rats.
http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/n-z/slugs/slugs_shot2s.jpg (http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/n-z/slugs/slugs_shot2l.jpg) Shortly after arriving back at the office Ron receives a call from an upset resident claiming that her sewers are backed up. While it isn't Ron's job to handle backed up sewers, he decides to go to her home and check it out anyway. In front of her home he meets Don Palmer (Philip MacHale), the county sanitation supervisor. Don climbs down into the sewer and starts cleaning out one of the pipes, which is filled with dead rats, birds and other small animals. While he's clearing it out something from inside the pipe pulls his tool into the pipe. Don, not knowing what the hell did it, quickly leaves the sewer.
http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/n-z/slugs/slugs_shot3s.jpg (http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/n-z/slugs/slugs_shot3l.jpg) When Mike arrives back at home later in the day his wife Kim (Kim Terry) points out some gigantic slugs in their garden. Mike goes to take a close look at one of them; when his finger gets in close enough range one of the slugs bites it. He takes one of the slugs to John Foley (Santiago Álvarez), a scientist friend of Kim's. He explains that slugs are not meat eaters, except for a few species that eat tiny worms and insects. John agrees to do some tests on the slugs to see if he can come with anything that proves otherwise. While doing these tests one of the slugs crawls out of its jar and eats a nearby hamster. It's discovered that the slugs are using the underground sewers as a breeding ground and that they're crawling into people's homes through the water pipes. The theory is that the slugs are mutations, caused by a toxic waste dump that once existed on the ground that the town now sits on. Of course, while these investigations are going on there are several townspeople, both young and old, that are being eaten alive by these killer slugs. Now Mike must work with John the scientist and Don from the sanitation department to find a way to kill the thousands of killer slugs infesting the town's sewers.
http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/n-z/slugs/slugs_shot4s.jpg (http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/n-z/slugs/slugs_shot4l.jpg) Who would've thought a movie about killer slugs was even possible? Well, I suppose in Hollywood anything is possible. After all, slugs are incredibly slow moving creatures. If you see a herd of these creatures coming just run a few feet a way - it'll take them several hours to catch up! During the movie I kept putting myself into the situation - what would I do if a killer slug were chasing me down the street? Naturally this is quite amusing. Fortunately, the movie doesn't drag by spending too much time explaining why these killer slugs exist - you just know they exist, they eat humans and these townspeople must find a way to get rid of them. The effects are fairly decent and even the acting isn't half bad. For me, Slugs was actually somewhat enjoyable. Don't get me wrong, it's by NO means a classic. But the effects are decent enough and the pace of the movie moves along nicely. Those of you wanting to see some nice gore shots should be satisfied here. If you're into those good "bad" movies and you don't mind the ridiculous premise of killer slugs, you may be one of the few that also enjoy Slugs.
http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/n-z/slugs/slugs_dvds.jpg (http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/n-z/slugs/slugs_dvdl.jpg) Anchor Bay presents Slugs in an anamorphic (16x9) widescreen transfer in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Transfer is quite spectacular, especially when you take into consideration the age of the film and the fact that it is a low budget movie. Colors are strong and solid throughout; blacks are nice and rich as well. Image is sharp throughout the majority of the movie, with only a spots where it gets a bit soft. Skin tones were natural and well balanced. Really the only problem is that some of the nighttime scenes had mild grain, but it never gets heavy or distracting so it's a very minor problem. One other minor problem is one particular scene had a somewhat noticeable print blemish - a vertical white line that appeared for a few seconds during the scene (if you have good eyes, you can see the white line in question by viewing the large version of screenshot 4). Overall a great transfer by Anchor Bay, which seems to be the norm with all their recent releases.
Slugs is presented with Digital Mono sound. It seemed at times the dialogue wasn't synching up properly, which almost make you think the film has been dubbed. Actually, during the presentation there were times when I was wondering if it had been dubbed. That doesn't seem to be the case, however. The majority of dialogue synchs up fine, but there's definitely a handful of scenes where it doesn't. Besides that, audio was crisp and clear with no distortion.
http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/n-z/slugs/slugs_menus.jpg (http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/n-z/slugs/slugs_menul.jpg) Anchor Bay went light on extras here. There is a theatrical trailer on the disc and liner notes by Anchor Bay's own Michael Felsher. He explains the whole silly premise to a movie about killer slugs, which I whole heartily agree with.
Slugs is a good "bad" movie that some will enjoy, though I think the majority of people probably won't. Still, I'd definitely recommend horror fans give it a rental. It's very interesting to see these incredibly slow moving creatures actually kill people. Anchor Bay delivers an excellent video presentation and a decent sound presentation. Extras are slim - a theatrical trailer and liner notes only, but what more can you want from this type of movie? A commentary track? Now that would be funny!
Movie - B-
Image Quality - A-
Sound - B
Supplements - C
Running Time - 1 hour 30 minutes
25 Chapter Stops
English Dolby Digital Mono
Liner notes by Michael Felsher
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