Director: James Gunn
Stars: Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry, Michael Rooker
Budget: $15 million
Domestic Box Office Gross: $7.8 million
Any modern-day movie that pays direct tribute to Fred Dekker's 1986 campy horror-comedy classic Night of the Creeps immediately deserves props. So the fact that James Gunn's wacky 2006 flick Slitheris an added bonus. Or, for a more apt metaphor, the melted skin oozing across the pus-filled bodily sore.
After a meteor crash-lands in the outskirts of a small hunting town, the local do-gooder sheriff (Nathan Fillion) and a ragtag group of other survivors fend off locals who've become zombies after ingesting intergalactic creepy-crawlies that exited the aforementioned meteor. With a nice blend of showy horror effects and sly humor, Gunn's tribute to '80s B-movies recaptures a time when studios made genre movies that favored throwing everything into metaphorical kitchen sinks rather than solely eyeing box office windows.