Dave Parker (AKA Mr Parka) has been dabbling in filmmaking over the last few years. After some great performances in movies (such as Headless and Applecart) he has decided to step into the director’s chair with a new anthology film called Slimy Little Bastards. This film is a love letter to some of my favorite movies; the little monster sub genre. It is a brand of horror that exists in its own world of silly effects and (mostly) crass humor that appeals to the inner fourteen year old in us all. Slimy Little Bastards is a confident, no budget debut that has the charm of a much older film. It is pretty rough around the edges, but makes up for it in fun and a very DIY attitude.
The film opens with its eccentric Curator talking about his “collection” to a man whose car has broken down nearby. He tells three stories to the man, all linking back to these bottles of fluorescent sludge that are on display. The first is “Organic Shit”, a tale of a green blob forming in a man’s garbage disposal. Next is “Brain Busters”, where a young lady is prescribed a mysterious drug to deal with her mental illness. Lastly is “The Crusties” and this is the ultimate send up to Ghoulies. Pitting a group of flatulent role players against a gang of little monsters.
Ultimately this is a collection of shorts, but the oddly fun wrap around ties it all together nicely. If you are familiar with Dustin Mills’ films, you will recognize a lot of faces. The acting is pretty good and it feels like everyone is having a blast making the movie. There are some flaws, but most are minor technical issues. Sound and lighting is a little off, but this is a debut and I am sure that these issues will get better as Mr Parker keeps making films. What works the best is the pacing. The vignettes never overstay their welcome and the whole film clocks in at only 66 minutes. Overall, this is a fun send up to shot-on-video, rental store-era fun that is worth picking up and watching with your friends. Slimy Little Bastards is currently available on DVD at Amazon.com