Spawn of the Slithis (1978) - Horror, Sci-Fi

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A nuclear leak creates a mutant Slithis sea monster, which terrorizes the variety of pets, winos, and hippies who hang around Venice, California.

IMDB: 3.8
Director: Stephen Traxler
Stars: Alan Blanchard, Judy Motulsky
Length: 86 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 9 out of 27 found boring (33.33%)

One-line Reviews (22)

Blanchard is a likable enough but rather bland lead.

Why are these movies so BORING!

You cannot "Spoil" a movie that has no plot .

boring monster .

but it was entertaining.

"Slithis" is an enjoyable monster movie,but it can be extremely dull is spots.

The characters are flat out dull, so that doesn't help.

Nuclear waste leaking into a river slowly develops into an entirely new life form that spontaneously begins to terrorize the dimwit villagers of a small community called Venice Beach.

), have an overlong and pointless conversation in their convertible, head out to a private yacht, meet up for a friendly chat with the neighbor and organize a cute make-out session in front of his obnoxious self portrait.

Yes, the biggest mistake is that the film is deadly boring.

While the above synopsis has all the makings of a highly entertaining B-movie, writer/director Stephen Traxler somehow manages to make a botch of things, his film a crushing bore between the scant appearances of the slippery Slithis.

) Dr. John's jaw-dropping scientific explanation of what Slithis is (even the actors look bored).

It opens on the right note, with some mangled dog corpses and the gruesome remains of a mutilated couple, but soon goes downhill: there's far too much chin-wagging, with the dialogue consisting of pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo (perhaps knowingly silly, but boring nonetheless) and generic chit-chat.

Moreover, Traxler's direction is uninspired, and the performances range from the merely passable (Alexandria's turn is adequate), to the forgettable (Blanchard is bland as the hero), to the downright absurd (Hy Pyke, as the police chief, who clearly wanted to get noticed).

The next 70 minutes we will have scene's way too long, a lot of blah blah, and a lot of trash.

The entire first hour of this movie concerns the boring research and tracking of the creature.

"Spawn of the Slithis" is exceptionally slow, cheap and boring.

This has got to be one of the worst movies made in the History of movie making.

It actually could've been a fairly decent little movie, but the biggest problem is just how BORING it is.

In the right hands, Spawn of the Slithis could have been a cool '70s precursor to Humanoids from the Deep (1980), albeit with only one monster, but its weak cast, minimal gore (a few splashes of red paint), lack of nudity (only a brief flash of a breast), and all that inane conversation ensures that the result is quite a bore.

That's actually kind of awesome that instead of telling a gripping, horror-filled tale, the directorial choice was to show the entirety of a race between animals that are classically known as the slowest around.

Cool monster, dreadfully boring script .