Slither (2006, USA/CDN) C-96m. ** D: James Gunn. Starring Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry, Michael Rooker, Tania Saulnier, Don Thompson, Rob Zombie, Lloyd Kaufman, James Gunn. An alien, worm-like organism crashes near a small village and infects red-neckish Rooker, leading to a zombie-like epidemic. Yucky, nasty splatter movie plays like a cross between ALIEN (1979) and SHIVERS (1975), later becomes standard zombie-fare. Still, not bad, with good effects, a sense of humor and a couple of good performances. Horror movie fans will savor lots more references to genre classics. From the writer of the DAWN OF THE DEAD remake.

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