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Name: ARROW VIDEO
Number: MVDAV066-BR

SLUGS (BLU-RAY)

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.

Genre: Horror
Run Time: 99 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1988
Director: Juan Piquer Simón
Actors: Michael Garfield, Kim Terry, Philip MacHale, Emilio Linder
Language: English

Bonus Materials

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

  
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Posted by Mark Turner on July 28, 2017 2:12 PM
I’VE BEEN SLIMED

Back in the 80s the glut of low budget horror films was running rampant. Most weren’t playing in theaters around the country but the movies did make their way to the grindhouses of the world and then onto video store shelves where horror and gore fans flocked to find the latest release. One such film that garnered attention as well as a small cult following was the film SLUGS, new on blu-ray from Arrow Video.

The story is fairly simple and feels like it was derived from the tons of oversized radiation induced monsters of the fifties. A small town is having a rash of murders occurring and no one seems to know what the cause is. Each victim seems to have been eaten alive, their skin and flesh wolfed down to the bone. With no trace of evidence to connect the murders to anyone local Sheriff Reese is at wits end.

The local health inspector, Mike Brady, is called to the scene of the first known death. Brady and Sheriff Reese never have seen eye to eye, not in small part due to the Sheriff’s always angry disposition. How this man ever got elected is beyond me. Looking for clues Mike doesn’t find anything definite but he does notice a trail of slime at the murder scene.

As the film progresses more people are killed and in the most gore filled ways. One young teen couple is fooling around only for the girl to fall out of bed and into a massive pile of the man eating blood sucking slugs that are the protagonist in the film. Like the title didn’t give that away. Nude and covered in blood and slugs her fate is sealed. The same holds true for various other town folks who are attacked and killed.

By the time Brady figures out what is going on he tries to warn the mayor and Sheriff. But with a major development deal in the making and the folks behind it in town no one wants to hear about it. With the help of his best friend, the town planner, they take to the sewer system with the aid of the local high school science teacher to flush out the slugs and bring an end to their reign of terror.

So the first question is, is this film any good. Seriously? With a title like SLUGS you ask that question? Of course it isn’t a great cinematic achievement. But then again with a title like that and a plot to match why would anyone expect it to be Oscar material. So let’s rephrase that question. Is the film a fun filled romp that is absurd, gore filled, cheezy and enjoyable if you let it be so? Absolutely. Don’t go in expecting great theater and you’ll have some fun with this one.

The over the top gore aspect of this film is exactly what made those films in the 80s pop with horror fans. Having gone through decades with little gore and then fueled by films like DAWN OF THE DEAD the gore factor suddenly took off through the roof. Slimy slugs with big mouths and sharp teeth as well as being able to slide along faster than real life slugs seemed like a natural antagonist. This American/Spanish production made the best of what small story there was and created one of those movies that popped up on cable non-stop and rented well at video stores.

While those VHS copies are still found, more often than not for sale on ebay, this release puts all of those to shame. Arrow Video, who I’ve hailed before for saving genre titles and non-mega hits that still have fans, has done it again with a quality transfer of the film. The washed out, blurry tape versions have been replaced with a sharp picture that is amazing considering the sources. The sound is also amazing.

If that wasn’t enough the extras are enough to keep you busy as well. Included are an audio commentary track by writer/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 are director Gonzalo Gonzalo, THE LYONS DEN – an interview and locations tour with production manager Larry Ann Evans, a 1988 Goya Awards promo reel, the original theatrical trailer, a reversible sleeve with newly commissioned artwork and a fully illustrated collector booklet with new writing by writer Michael Gingold. When watched with the movie it’s enough to keep you busy for an entire evening.

So SLUGS isn’t a cinematic achievement that major film scholars will be dissecting for years to come. It’s fun! It’s one of those movies that you don’t have to look for subtext in or find political implications running throughout. It is a simple monster movie with the oddest choice of creature you can think of. Pop this one during a party and watch folks howl with laughter while groaning at the gore scenes as well. It’s a popcorn movie for those with strong stomachs and fun for horror fans who will want to add this one to their collection.

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