Slither: Collector’s Edition

| August 1, 2017

How the hell is it that James Gunn’s Slither (2006) is only now debuting on Blu-ray with today’s release of a Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-ray? You’d think Gunn’s incredible success with Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) would have prompted an immediate upgrade from the film’s 2006 DVD release to capitalize on Gunn’s boffo box office success. I mean, the Slither DVD release is so old, mind you, that it was offered in both fullscreen and widescreen formats to accommodate tube televisions! Scream Factory (arguably the #1 label for horror on home video at the moment) came through for us on this at long last though, and their release of Slither is predictably wonderful, boasting a beautiful transfer and a host of special features both old and new.

Now, I’ve spent a lot of time writing about my adoration of Gunn’s filmography in my reviews of The Belko Experiment (2016) and Super (2010), so I won’t go into that much here, but suffice it to say that the man’s work has been supremely important to me personally since I first saw Tromeo and Juliet (1996). Watching his journey from a screenwriter at Troma to writing/directing the Guardians of the Galaxy films for Marvel has been exciting to say the least. One of the most exciting moments was seeing his directorial debut with Slither on the big screen. And the film’s influence on his work since can be felt and seen in his subsequent work, especially since creatures from Slither can be seen in The Collector’s museum in Guardians of the Galaxy!

The film itself is still every bit as charming, hilarious, and disgusting as it was in 2006, a triumph for Gunn as his directorial debut. Clearly inspired by the likes of David Cronenberg, James Gunn’s Slither harkens back to Cronenberg’s Shivers (1975) and Fred Dekker’s Night of the Creeps (1986), both about slug-possessed zombies just as Slither in turn would be. What sets Slither apart from those earlier films is, first and foremost, how Gunn’s idiosyncratic characters talk and react in consistently comedic ways—characters played by a star cast including Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, and Gregg Henry. Moreover, Gunn takes the slug-zombie formula further than his predecessors by not only introducing other monstrous forms into the mix (mostly portrayed by Michael Rooker), but also by ratcheting up the gross-out factor and using a mix of practical and digital effects for maximum impact. Slither is a thoroughly surprising, witty little creature feature that holds up incredibly well both visually and comedically today!

When looking at the special features on Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-rays, I find the variety and scope of the behind-the-scenes perspectives they provide routinely impressive, and the Slither release is no exception. The Slither: Collector’s Edition includes the extensive features previously collected on the DVD release (listed below) as well as a trio of new features. These new features include new audio commentary with Gunn, Fillion and Rooker; an interview with Gregg Henry; and finally an interview with Gunn explaining the genesis of the film as well as his thoughts on filmmaking in general.

Returning features from the 2006 DVD include:

  • Audio Commentary with James Gunn and Nathan Fillion
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary by James Gunn
  • Visual Effects: Step by Step
  • Slithery Set Tour with Actor Nathan Fillion
  • The Sick Minds and Slimy Days of Slither
  • Brewing the Blood – How to Make Blood
  • Bringing Slither‘s Creatures to Life
  • Lloyd Kaufman’s Video Diary
  • Gag Reel
  • Who is Bill Pardy? Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

About the Author:

Jef is a writer and educator in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a degree in Media & Cinema Studies from DePaul University, but sometimes he drops it and picks it back up again. He's also the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com and is fueled entirely by coffee (as if you couldn't tell).
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