It’s no secret that the 1980s were a special time for horror cinema. Ask any horror fanatic, and odds are at least one of their top 10 horror flicks will have been produced between 1979 and 1989. There was a certain charm about that era. From the technicolor neon that seemed to seep from the very pores of every project to the thick layers of cheese that gently lay atop even the biggest of big budget scare-fests; horror was a wonderfully charming, ever present entity and the affection toward the timeless classics birthed during that time have only become more beloved and cherished as time has gone by.
Thanks to advances in home video technology, a lot of these favorites are looking better than ever as they age. New 2k/4k restorations are popping up seemingly every day and turning that well-worn video grain into a sleek and smooth cinematic experience. Really, horror never looked better.
As always, the folks at Arrow Video have taken it upon themselves to re-release another cult classic in glorious high-definition. Thanks to them, Terror Time got a sneak peek at their newest upcoming release: 1988’s bug-horror classic, SLUGS which becomes available for purchase this upcoming Tuesday, September 27th.
Creature features, from classics like THE GIANT GILA MONSTER to more current titles like SSSSSSS and SNAKES ON A PLANE, never cease to entertain. SLUGS is no exception and has quickly made its’ way onto my personal favorites list. Whether it’s the bizarre concept, the legitimately amazing creature design, or the way it pushes the envelope with its’ excessive gore and brutal kills – SLUGS is one to avoid overlooking; it’s special.
SLUGS tells the story of Mike Brady, a health inspector in a remote, rural town. When mysterious and gruesome deaths become more and more common in the small town, and reports of mysterious black slugs attacking innocent townspeople become increasingly commonplace, Mike takes it upon himself to get to the bottom of the situation once and for all. Even if it costs him his own life.
The plot really is as simple as that.
Based on the novel of the same name by UK-based horror author Shaun Huston, SLUGS is a pure, ridiculous joy ride from beginning to end.
From the explosive first act (and I mean that very literally) to the discovery of the malicious carnivorous slugs infesting the sleepy town, to the dank, sewage-laden conclusion, SLUGS is some of the most fun I’ve had watching a horror film in quite some time.
Part of that sheer enjoyment comes from the sense that SLUGS understands how ridiculous it is, and tosses care to the wind as it chews and gnaws its’ way through the townsfolk one by one.
It’s a goofy, cheesy film and a prime example of the genuine absurdity that 1980s horror brought to the table.
Overall, it’s absolutely perfect.
While the film on its own is a bona fide slice of beauty, outdoing many of its’ creature feature it’s only enhanced by the spectacular remastering by Arrow Video.
The exclusive, special edition Blu-Ray comes packed with features including:
Brand new restoration from original film elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original Uncompressed PCM Stereo audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary by writer and filmmaker Chris Alexander
Here’s Slugs in Your Eye: An interview with actor Emilio Linder
They Slime, They Ooze, They Kill: The Effects of Slugs an interview with special effects artist Carlo De Marchis
Invasion USA: An interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo
The Lyons Den: An interview and locations tour with production manager Larry Ann Evans
1988 Goya Awards promo reel
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter
Fully-illustrated collectors booklet featuring new writing by writer Michael Gingold
As always, Arrow knocks it out of the park and beautifully restores this creature feature in a way never seen before. Despite being a potentially forgotten classic, it’s more than deserving of the treatment it received and is sure to delight anyone with even a passive interest in horror cinema.
Add the slimy, carnivorous cinematic masterpiece to your own collection on September 27th, exclusively from Arrow Video.
Pre-order now directly from the Arrow website or via Amazon.com.
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