Slugs: The Movie (1988) Directed by Juan Piquer Simon. With Michael Garfield, Kim Terry and Philip MacHale.
The only thing that moves slower than the carnivorous slugs in this Spanish/American horror production, is time. A quick bit of research reveals that the film was considered a video nasty and banned in Queensland, Australia, until the early 1990’s. Sagacious folk, those Aussies.
Joking aside, Slugs (The Movie!?) is utter dross. Its (mis)use of music is on one occasion, comical enough to warrant a rewind, and while a scene in which two lovers succumb to some slimy bedroom invaders, possibly stands as the films most memorable scene, it’s clutching it straws to call it anything approaching a guilty treat.
The action was shot between Madrid and New York, creating a plainly irregular look. The actors themselves, sound like bad TV presenters, reading an autocue, while the lagging ADR and uneven, on-set sound capture do nothing to enhance their vacant performances.
Apart from the sight of a slug eating a hamster (do you really want to see that!?), this won’t show you anything you haven’t already seen, many times over. Its got a few gory moments, that might attract the die-hard horror hounds, but for the most part, it’s boring and completely stupid. For best results, see Slither (2006). 1.5/5