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Sheriff William "Bill" Pardy

Played By: Nathan Fillion

  • Expy: Of Paul Linke's character Sheriff Bruce Smith of Motel Hell, due to their roles as brown-haired and seemingly meek and mild-mannered sheriffs who both happened to be protagonists of horror comedy B-movies and are both a naive Idiot Hero in a way.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he finds an infected deer eating human corpses in the police station.
    "Fuck me."


Starla Grant

Played By: Elizabeth Banks
  • Action Girl: Starla is able to hold her own against the alien-zombie hordes just as good as rest of the sheriff's department.
  • Badass Teacher: She teaches at Earl Basset Community School and can kick serious alien-zombie ass.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: A charming, kind-hearted and loving wife and woman in general, but don't let that fool you. If you're an alien-zombie trying to eat/infect her friends or any other person, Starla will throw that aside to take you out.
    (Starla decapitates an alien-zombie who was chasing the gang down with a shovel) MacReady: Bitch is hardcore
  • Break the Cutie: From her beloved husband's body and personality warp and deteriorate and not being able to help,to watching ... poor Starla's been through a lot
  • Hot Teacher: In her introductory scene, her students are shown leering at her body. One of them even draws her nude in a notebook.


Mayor Jackson "Jack" McReady

Played By: Gregg Henry

  • Large Ham: Gregg Henry is enjoying himself immensely. Jack is a very exuberant, melodramatic fellow. Well, he is a politician.
  • Mayor Pain: Averted. While he’s loud, abrasive, and extremely profane, he harasses Bill to get him to solve the case rather than cover it up.
  • Mercy Kill: He begs Pardy to end his misery when a tumor forms on his neck, thus he shoots his brains out.
  • Noble Bigot: He uses casually offensive and politically incorrect language, but he doesn't treat a 'lesbo' any differently.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: The man really likes his Mr. Pibb. And when he realizes they didn't bring any with them, he flies off the handle. This is after Brenda dies and people start getting infected with the worms, by the way.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Al of his scenes contain a lot of swearing.


Grantham "Grant" Grant

Played By: Michael Rooker

  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a gruff man, but with some pleasantry to people and a deep sense of affection for his wife.
  • Patient Zero: He's the first who gets inflected by the alien parasite and carries on its invasion plan.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He decides to poke some weird looking animal that lets out a threatening clicking noise. Justified, as he was drunk at the moment and not in the right state of mind.


Kylie Strutemyer

Played By: Tania Saulnier

  • Big Sister I Nstinct: Even with approaching slugs she lingers to break down a locked door in a failed effort to help her sisters.
  • Mental Fusion: When she inadvertently bites down on one of Grant's slugs while it's trying to worm inside her, she's given a glimpse of his past conquests and his plans for Earth.
  • Ms. Exposition: Due to the Mental Fusion, she's the one who explains Grant's motivations.
  • Nice Girl: her establishing character moment has her smacking a classmate she sees drawing an offensive, nude picture of Starla.


Walter "Wally" Whale

Played By: Don Thompson


Brendadetta "Brenda" Gutierrez

Played By: Brenda James

  • Body Horror: What Grant does to her is truly horrific.


Shelby Cunningham

Played By: Jenna Fischer
  • Girl Friday: The somewhat reliable sheriff's station secretary.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She calls Bill telling him his mom is complaining about the plumbing (and blaming it on how much he used the toilet when he visited her) right as Bill is sitting next to Starla, trying to flirt.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She has a pink sweater.


Margaret Hooper

Played By: Jennifer Copping

  • Bury Your Gays: She's a lesbian, and dies. To be fair, pretty much everyone but Bill, Starla and Kylie die and she's lasts longer than the other deputies.
  • Vasquez Always Dies: She's not that feminine compared to Starla, (and is a lesbian). The trope is played straight and Margaret dies.


Trevor Carpenter

Played By: Haig Sutherland
  • Clueless Deputy: He picks up potential evidence and suggests carrying a toy squid door to door to show people rather than try to make a sketch of Grant's new appearance.



Played By:' Tom Heaton
  • STD Immunity: Averted, he comments that Grant' mutation makes him look like "something that fell off my dick in the war."



Played By: Ben Cotton

    The Long One 

AKA: Parasite Grant

Played By: Michael Rooker, Don Thompson

  • Aliens Are Bastards: Wants to assimilate the entire universe into his being, killing all other life in the process.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Before moving on to humans, the alien kidnaps and kills the town's pet dogs, cats, farm animals and some wild ones.
  • Bald of Evil: After infecting the bald Grant Grant.
  • Big Bad: The alien menace that seeks to infect everyone in the town.
  • Body Horror: He does his best to keep his host Grant together, but his own biology is against him and soon he distorts into a revolting tentacular creature.
  • Catchphrase: The Long One tends to greet people with, "Hey there, killer", which seems inherited from Grant.
  • Combat Tentacles: As an Eldritch Abomination with many tentacles and appendages, these are his main weapons for a direct fight. He can whip a person splitting them in two, has two tentacles that end into stings which he uses to turn people into slug incubators, and in his final form the tentacles prove to be strong enough to lift a sofa and throw it against the opponent.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Grant was prone to jealousy, and as The Long One inherited his memories, this trait manifests tenfold.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being a Omicidal Maniac he slowly starts to care about Starla and even fell in love with her and even resist the urge to infect her like he did with the others and when she is about to shoot the gas tank that is brought over to him by Bill he doesen't snarl at her or even tries to attack her just looking at her with a sad look on his face as she does it.
  • Deleted Scene: "The Long One" name comes from Kylie telling Pardy that the parasitic being calls himself that in the extension of a scene that was ultimately taken off in the final cut.
  • Hive Mind: He directly controls every living thing he's infected.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The Long One eats meat, any and all meat.
  • Inflating Body Gag: Downplayed. Pardy avoids being turned into a slug incubator by ramming the other tentacled sting to a propane tank and turning it on, sending bulges of gas into The Long One and making him roar as a sack of his body painfully fills with propane.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: His mouth on the more mutated right side of his face is distorted into something of a monstrous smile with a myriad of Scary Teeth.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He jumps from planet to planet, infecting and devouring entire ecosystems. It's what he intends to do on Earth.
    "I'll keep growing till I'm everywhere. 'Till I'm all that is."
  • Orifice Invasion: How he infects others.
  • Parasites Are Evil: When it merges with Grant Grant's mind at the beginning of the story, the resulting monster not only murders pets across the town for their meat, violently impregnates Brenda and infests just about everyone in town with the brain slugs, but also demonstrates the very worst of Grant's attitude problems: jealousy, controlling tendencies, and a vicious temper.
  • Planetary Parasite: He takes over a planet, infects everyone until they change into a super-organism, then launches seeds at a planet to repeat the cycle.


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