Before writer-director James Gunn helmed “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Suicide Team,” he made his launching with 2006 gross-out extravaganza “Slither.” Like “Nope,” “Slither” trusts the audience’s familiarity with scary, comedy, and sci-fi conventions. Both movies likewise share a number of plot points, and, to some degree, a wicked sense of humor.
In Gunn’s horror-comedy, alien parasites get into Earth with the intent of broadening their hive mind. They start with upscale regional guy Grant (Michael Rooker), who ends up being ever more monstrous as he does the aliens’ bidding. The general public takes notice when a woman goes missing out on and animals start to pass away en masse. Eventually, Grant attempts to contaminate everyone and whatever else in town, including his wife (a genuinely video game Elizabeth Banks).
Despite strong evaluations, “Slither” was such a failure at the box workplace, The Hollywood Reporter wondered if it might have exterminated the horror-comedy entirely. Ends up, this knowing gore and guffaw-fest was ahead of its time. “Nope” is considerably less gross and wacky, however the tradition of Gunn’s oddball film appears in its unique sense of humor and unforgettable accept of alien archetypes.