Monday, October 02, 2023

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 2: Slotherhouse (2023)

The minute I saw the poster for Slotherhouse in a movie theater lobby, I knew I had to see it, even if it could never live up to that poster and title. And indeed, the movie really doesn't, but I'd still say it's worth seeing for the moments of complete insanity it does manage to work into an otherwise standard horror movie plot.

Most of the movie takes place in a sorority house, where two girls are running for sorority president. Emily adopts (well, steals) a three-toed sloth thinking the cute creature will up her votes. But turns out the sloth has a bit of a murderous streak since she was so cruelly stolen from her jungle home by a poacher, and Emily soon finds herself on Alpha the sloth's hit list.

This movie is ridiculous, with the sloth (no CGI here; she's clearly a puppet, which is definitely the movie's biggest selling point) quickly learning how to Google, take selfies, and drive a car. But somehow it's not quite ridiculous enough. And the fact that her murderous rampage seems to go unnoticed for weeks just seems like lazy screenwriting. 

Still, this is a movie about a killer sloth played by a puppet! Perhaps I was being naive to expect something at the level of Gremlins. And maybe if we get a Slotherhouse Part II, it'll make it there.

I watched Slotherhouse via an online screener prior to its release, but it is now available to rent via most VOD platforms.

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