See that handsome devil up there? That's Milo, the titular creature in the new horror-comedy Bad Milo (which hits Video On-Demand today, in advance of its October 4 theatrical opening). He's a rambunctious demon that lives inside the colon of star Ken Marino's character, also named Ken—whenever Ken gets angry, Milo crawls out of his rectum and fatally slaughters whomever's making his owner mad. Yes, Milo's literally the shit. Harkening back to the days of E.T. (1982) and, of course, Mac and Me (1988), Milo is all practical effects, no distracting CGI. 

Bad Milo the movie is endearing but ultimately one-note, relying too heavily on its central joke—there's a monster in this dude's ass and it kills people! How wacky! To the film's credit, though, it's much, much better than the majority of independent horror-comedies that have debuted in recent years. Too often, filmmakers commit one of the many cardinal sins that'll immediately prevent a movie from joining the ranks of classics like An American Werewolf in London (1981), Creepshow (1982), and Shaun of the Dead (2004).

The next time a screenwriter and director try their hand at funny scares, someone should point them in the direction of our helpful guide on How to Make a Good Horror-Comedy, free of charge.

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Written by Matt Barone (@MBarone)