Slimy Little Bastards (2015)
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First up, I must say what a great title for a horror film! Just the name alone would make me reach for the DVD on the shelf or click the YouTube trailer. Secondly, according to IMDb this film was made on a budget of just $1000… an achievement in itself but also an indication of what to expect in the effects department. So, it may not be for everyone. but with that being said please read on for my thoughts on this fun movie.
So, what we have here is a horror anthology, 3 stories all based around different, err… little slimy Bastards to put it simply. The film centres around a guy called “Jack”, whose car breaks down in the street. While looking for assistance, he knocks on the door of a nearby house. It is here that we are introduced to the storyteller of the anthology, a collector of little monsters who goes by the name of “The Curator”. This collector bears more than a passing resemblance to Vincent Price crossed with Dr Strange, and the actor playing him hams it up brilliantly throughout…
The first story, “Organic Shit”, is a straight forward tale of a guy who has a blocked sink in his home.After calling a plumber they soon discover that there is in fact something green and slimy living down the plug hole. This story reminded me of a scene from The Blob remake, and was quite fun.
Moving on to the second story, “Brain Busters”. This one has a bit more to it plot wise. It follows a woman who has been suffering from depression. To try to help, her doctor prescribes her a strange drug that she has to take by dripping it into her ear. As you can imagine this doesn’t end well as the side effect of the drug is a gruesome little creature who goes around killing people. You wouldn’t get that on the NHS!
Finally the 3rd story, “The Crusties”, was probably my favourite of the anthology. A group of friends are having a get together, playing a Dungeons and Dragons style board game and just generally hanging out. Unbeknownst to them, one of their room mates is having a bad day at work. You know, the kind of bad day that involves eating a toxic waste infected sandwich and then puking it up everywhere. Ugh… Mondays!
To make things worse, the roommate then crashes their gathering and proceeds to take a toxic dump in the toilet. This unleashes the Crusties, disgusting little creatures who then wreak havoc. This one gave me a strong Ghoulies vibe, which is no bad thing as I am a huge fan of those films, right down to the bubbling and smoking toilet as seen in Ghoulies Go to College.
This story also had my favourite creature in it, a little green slimy frog with video game-like sound effects whenever it moved. Think a shit covered demonic Frogger and you are on the right path! If anything, I would have preferred the whole film to have been based around the Crusties. Anything that can throwback to the good old days of the Gremlins, Ghoulies, Munchies, or Hobgoblins is a win in my book.
Overall, I had a lot of fun with this movie. I know many will be put-off by its ultra low-budget, but if you can look past that and give it a whirl, I think you will be surprised at the entertainment on offer. As it clocks in at just over one hour, this is one anthology that doesn’t outstay its welcome!
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