“Slugs” was shot like they were making it in secret. While I’ve only seen the film on VHS, the jump to HD revealed some things to me. Everything is nearly in a low angle and matched by a piecemeal seriousness that doesn’t fit a film like this. Based on the novel by Shaun Hutson, the film plays like New World’s answer to “Jaws”. Behind the scenes, you can almost hear Joe Dante and James Cameron coughing “PIRANHA”. As we watch a brave health inspector named Grady (Spielberg is already suing) try to save his town, something became apparent.
The audio is just a hint out of sync. Well, that’s because the movie was shot in Italy and then redubbed for the cheap theater circuit in North America. Wait! Wasn’t the guy who directed this, the same Spanish dude that helmed Pieces? Yep! So, this is truly a B-movie international affair. That it is, voice in my head!
For a movie that runs 89 minutes, it spends half of that time functioning as low-budget Jaws. If similar themed animal attack movies are your jam, then you’ll want in on this. If not, then go read a book. Seriously, read. I want to say copies of something other than “Hamilton” or “Girl on the Train” when I go vote next week.
- 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
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM mono
RELEASE DATE: 10/4/16
- Video - 88%88%
- Audio - 90%90%
- Supplemental Material - 93%93%
- Film Score - 84%84%
The Plot Thus Far
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.