Slugs (1988 film)

Slugs: The Movie (known under the Spanish title, Slugs, Muerte Viscosa) is a 1988 American/Spanish horror film based upon the novel Slugs (1982) by Shaun Hutson. Over the years the film has gained a small but active cult following.

Slugs, Muerte Viscosa
Directed byJuan Piquer Simón
Produced byJosé Antonio Escrivá, Francesca DeLaurentiis, Juan Piquer Simón
Screenplay byRon Gantman
Juan Piquer Simón
Based onSlugs by
Shaun Hutson
StarringMichael Garfield
Kim Terry
CinematographyJulio Bragado
Edited byRichard Rabjohn
Antonio Gimeno
Dister Films
Distributed byNew World Pictures
Release date
February 5, 1988 (United States)
Running time
91 minutes


When a rural town becomes prey to a strain of black slugs spawned from the disposal of toxic waste, it is up to the local health inspector to stop them. People die mysteriously and gruesomely, and only a health worker going by the name of Mike Brady has a possible solution, but his theory of killer slugs is ridiculed by the authorities. Only when the body count begins to rise and a slug expert begins investigating the town does it begin to appear as though Brady's theory may be right.


  • Michael Garfield - Mike Brady
  • Kim Terry - Kim Brady
  • Philip MacHale - Don Palmer
  • Alicia Moro - Maureen Watson
  • Santiago Álvarez - Foley
  • Concha Cuetos - Maria
  • Frank Braña - Frank Phillips
  • Patty Shepard - Sue Channing


The film opened in the United States on February 5, 1988.

Critical reception

On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds a 38% based on 8 reviews.[1]

Variety praised the "convincing special effects and make-up and snappy direction" and said it "has enough thrills and spills in it to keep youth audiences alert".[2]

Box office

The film flopped at the U.S. box office.[2] It opened in 7 theatres in the United States and grossed $15,842 in its opening weekend.[3]


The film won a Goya Award for Best Special Effects by Gonzalo Gonzalo, Basilio Cortijo and Carlos de Marchis.[4]

Home video

Anchor Bay Entertainment released a DVD of the film in 2000. In 2011, Image Entertainment released a DVD of the film under the Midnight Madness Series. In 2016, British home video distributor, Arrow Films, released a special edition Blu-ray of the film, which contained a commentary track and interviews with several people associated with the film.


  1. "Slugs (1987)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  2. Besas, Peter (April 5, 1988). "Film Reviews: Slugs". Daily Variety. p. 13.
  3. Greenberg, James (February 10, 1988). "Fresh Pics Stir Up National Boxoffice, But 'Nam' Still Tops". Variety. p. 3.
  4. Besas, Peter (April 5, 1989). "'Women On Verge,' 'Rowing With Wind' Lead Spain's Goyas". Variety. p. 10.

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