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Slither is a 2006 horror/comedy film written and directed by James Gunn. It is a {{Homage}} to gory BMovie horror films. While not a massive commercial success, the film is something of a CultClassic.

The plot is essentially, an AlienInvasion film mixed with a {{Zombie Apocalypse}}. An alien parasite lands in rural America, [[PuppeteerParasite infecting and taking control]] of local man [[RepetitiveName Grant Grant]] (Creator/MichaelRooker). The alien impregnates a local woman, who gives birth (by [[BodyHorror having them eat her from the inside out]]) to thousands of "slugs", that share the original alien's mind. The slugs then enter a person's body [[OrificeInvasion through the mouth]], killing them. The aliens then [[OurZombiesAreDifferent take control of the corpse]]. It's then up to the local police sheriff (played by NathanFillion, of ''{{Firefly}}'' fame), Grant's wife (Elizabeth Banks), the foul-mouthed Mayor, and a local teen to stop the alien before it can infect every living thing on the planet.

Not to be confused with the original Canadian version of which this is a remake, David Cronenbourg's 1975 sci-fi horror thriller ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shivers_(film) Shivers]]'', or the 2008 film ''Film/{{Splinter}}''.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* ActionSurvivor: Kylie. Over the course of the film, she manages to: grab one of the alien worms as it enters her mouth and pull it out again; burn said worm to death with a curling iron; escape a massive horde of worms by jumping off the roof of her house; take down a couple of worm-zombies (including [[spoiler:a zombified ''deer'']]) more or less by herself; and, ultimately, [[spoiler:survive ''a flying couch to the face'' [[MadeOfIron with nothing worse than a broken arm]]]]. Not bad for a kid with fake nails and a penchant for [[{{Fanservice}} taking long baths]].
* AlienInvasion
* ArcWords: Several including; "Don't you look at me", "Hey there, killer", "Meat"
* AnyoneCanDie: And [[spoiler: everyone in the whole town but Kylie, Bill, and Starla]] do.
* BadassTeacher: Starla. "Bitch is hardcore!"
* BaldOfEvil: Grant after he gets infected.
* BerserkButton: The mayor [[HairTriggerTemper isn't exactly a calm guy to begin with]], but he ''really'' throws a tantrum after he discovers that no one has brought any Mr. Pibb, which is the only soft-drink he likes. This is ''after'' everyone's started turning into alien parasite-infected zombies, mind you.
-->'''Pardy:''' ''Jesus Christ'', Jack, let me get right on it!
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: After being turned into a breeder for the parasites, [[spoiler:the Mayor]] begs Pardy to kill him.
* BigDamnHeroes: Pardy shows up in a big blaze of glory, ready to save Starla, blow up the alien and kick some parasite ass. [[spoiler: Subverted, since the alien knocks aside his grenade, it gets dropped in the pool and explodes there, and Pardy promptly gets his ass kicked.]]
* BodyHorror: Oh so very much of it. Brenda, Grant...
* BuryYourGays: Played straight with Margaret.
* CaptainObvious: [[{{Understatement}} "Something's wrong with me."]]
** "Um, yeah."
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Grenade]]: [[spoiler:Subverted. They make a big deal of showing the viewer the SINGLE grenade that the Sheriff's department owns and the camera lingers on it for a moment. Later, when the hero attempts to use it, it's casually knocked aside and into a swimming pool, where it uselessly explodes.]]
** Played straight with Kylie's nails which provide much needed grip during the initial attack.
* ClusterFBomb: The whole film, but especially anything the Mayor says.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Grant does ''not'' like the idea of other guys getting close to Starla. It's bad enough ''before'' he gets possessed by an alien death-worm.
* DecoyProtagonist: Bill's something like this; the audience is set up to expect him to become the ass-kicking ActionHero when the moment calls, but when the action really kicks off while he's not that incompetent and certainly isn't cowardly, it is pretty clear that he's completely out of his depth, and pretty much every moment that's set up to make him look like a {{Badass}} ends with him either running away or getting his ass kicked. He also needs to be rescued more than once by Starla and Kylie.
** NathanFillion certainly [[WordOfGod confirmed]] that one of the things he really enjoyed about playing Bill was his bewildered and terrified "what the ''fuck'' is going on?!" reaction to almost everything that happened, rather than reacting like a standard ActionHero would.
* DeepSouth: The film is set in Wheelsy, a small town in South Carolina.
* DiagonalCut: When a single guy tries to stop Grant, the latter casually whips a tentacle at him. He looks, confused, for a few seconds, while blood starts pouring out of a perfectly vertical cut from his head to his groin, before he splits apart.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** The scenes where the alien worms possess and impregnate the townsfolk are treated as parallel to rape and sexual assault. The alien even has an "o-face" when it implants someone.
** Grant's descent into alien-possessed BodyHorror monstrousness is a pretty clear metaphor for a jealous and controlling husband graduating into a DomesticAbuser.
* TheEndOrIsIt / SequelHook / TheStinger: Keep watching after the end credits.
* EverybodysDeadDave: [[spoiler:The entire town is killed except Bill Pardy, Starla and Kylie.]]
* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: Or belly full, at any rate. The alien uses humans as living incubators for its progeny, implanting them via impaling them with a pair of tendrils which deliver the "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything seed]]" into the body. The host then is driven by an [[HorrorHunger unquenchable hunger for meat no matter the source]], and eventually [[BodyHorror bloats into an enormous immobile blob]] as the slugs grow in side of them. [[AndIMustScream They are still awake and aware during the several days this process takes]].
* FinalGirl: [[spoiler: Two of them plus a Final Guy. Only Starla completely fills this trope however.]]
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: A redneck attempting to stop a fully mutated Grant gets bisected by a whip-like tentacle.
* HiveMind: The parasite has the mind of every living creature it has ever infected.
* HiveQueen: Grant.
* {{Homage}}: Most obviously to ''Night of the Creeps''. Starla teaches at [[Film/{{Tremors}} Earl Bassett]] Community School, the mayor's name is [[Film/TheThing1982 R.J. MacReady]], there's a store in town called [[Film/{{Videodrome}} Max Renn]]'s, and Bill mentions the [[Film/TheBrood Raglan]] and [[Film/RosemarysBaby Castevet]] farms. The scene of Kylie getting attacked by a slug in the bathtub has definite echoes of ''Shivers'', as well.
* HorrorHunger
* ImAHumanitarian: Those turned into breeders want meat. Any meat...
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Non-alcoholic version with the Mayor. After witnessing and barely escaping from all sorts of bizarre and frightening things, he reaches into the case to get a Mr. Pibb soft drink...[[BerserkButton only to have a bit of a meltdown]] when he discovers there isn't any.
* IncongruouslyDressedZombie: One of a mob of worm-possessed corpses is a black-robed clergyman with a handbell.
* InfantImmortality: Averted with the creepy cannibal {{Undead Child}}ren.
* MayorPain: Averted. [[JerkAss Macready is loud, profane, and abrasive]], but he harasses Pardy to ''solve'' the Grant case, not cover it up. And when Pardy raises a posse to lay an ambush for Grant, Macready takes up a rifle and volunteers.
* MercyKill: Bill delivers this to [[spoiler:Mayor [=MacReady=]]] after the discovering that the latter has begun to get all "womby."
* MoralityPet: Starla could probably qualify as this for Grant before he got infected. Definitely qualifies for him (and the HiveMind as a whole) afterward in that she's the only human he/it/they cares enough about to not infect.
* [[MrExposition Ms Exposition]]: Kylie fills this role, thanks to having [[MentalFusion mind melded]] with one of the worms.
* NobleBigot: The Mayor implicitly has some homophobic beliefs, but as he tells lesbian cop, Margaret, during his rant in the aftermath of Brenda's slug-induced explosion:
-->'''Mayor [=MacReady=]:''' You can sue with me. I don't care if you're a lesbo, you don't deserve this shit.
* OhCrap: Bill Pardy when he stumbles upon [[spoiler:an infected deer eating some human corpses]] in the police station.
-->'''Bill Pardy:''' Fuck me.
* OmnicidalManiac
--> ''I'll keep growing till I'm everywhere. 'Till I'm all that is."
* OrificeInvasion: The slugs enter a host via the mouth.
* PlanetaryParasite: As one character discovers during a failed attempt at infestation, this is the life cycle of the aliens. [[PuppeteerParasite They take over a being on a planet]], [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong turn other beings into slug-breeders]], [[OrificeInvasion take over more people with the slugs]], [[AssimilationPlot integrate all those hosts into one large super-organism]], [[MonsterIsAMommy then launch seeds at another planet to eventually repeat the cycle]].
* ThePowerOfLove: Subverted, but not how you think. After being infected, Grant [[spoiler:tries and succeeds at resisting the urge to eat Starla, and has his drones bring her back home and [[GoGoEnslavement dress her in silk]] and [[BatheHerAndBringHerToMe comb her hair]] lovingly. At the end she even manages to [[FlawExploitation prey on his love for her]] to get in close and stab him. Pity it wasn't in a vital area... which, considering he/it was a mass of alien blubber, tentacles and human bodies, he may not have had one other than his brain.]]
* PuppeteerParasite: Grant Grant isn't himself.
** WordOfGod is that the real Grant was killed as soon as the parasite entered his body. The creature, however, retained Grant's personality and memories and was thus influenced by it (notably, Grant's love for Starla).
* RantInducingSlight: Macready has been through a pretty awful night, and he's been reasonably stoic about it (i.e., he's been no more of a profane loudmouth than usual), but the lack of Mr. Pibb in the cooler was just the last straw.
* RuleOfCool: The whole film runs on this.
* RuleOfFunny: Or this.
* RuleOfScary: Or this.
* ShoutOut:
** Did anyone else think of ''{{Film/Serenity}}'' upon learning that they had a grenade, and Nathon Fillion decided they leave it behind?
** Countless others to mention, but the ending is a possible shout-out to the final scenes of ''Society''.
** The film is a WholePlotReference (kinda sorta) to ''Film/NightOfTheCreeps''.
** Henenlotter's Saddle Lodge is a shout out to director Frank Henenlotter of ''Film/BasketCase'' and ''Brain Damage'' fame.
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: It's a blend of both.
* SoundtrackDissonance
* ThatPoorCat: [[spoiler: At the end of TheStinger. Overlaps with GoryDiscretionShot as it cuts to black.]]
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Bill Pardy ([[VictoriousChildhoodFriend until the end]])
* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler: Of the few uninfected, Deputy Margaret is quickly taken out while the much more feminine Starla and Kylie survive the movie.]]
* TheVirus
* {{Yandere}}: Grant and the entire alien HiveMind pretty much become this for Starla.
* ZombieApocalypse: Potentially. They're able to prevent the scenario from spreading beyond the town, luckily.

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