PLOT: A nuclear leak creates a sea monster in Venice Beach, California, and has a taste for human flesh.
What a wild movie. It’s not great, but it’s cheap and it knows what it wants to be, and sometimes you just need to watch a movie where a guy wears a rubber suit and runs amok in what can only be described as the cheapest locations that would let somebody shoot. We’ve got boats, docks, abandoned lots, basically anywhere in Venice Beach that didn’t “require” a permit and did not have a night watchman present.
In Slithis (or Spawn of the Slithis), we follow a frustrated high school journalism teacher, who takes it upon himself to investigate the grisly murders of a married couple in their own home. What he uncovers is a sea monster that’s been terrorizing the homeless and hippy population of Venice Beach and a nuclear leak cover-up that might be responsible.
Imagine if Lloyd Kaufman directed Jaws and this is what you get. It’s not as exploitative as a Troma movie (If I’m being honest, it’s not exploitative enough given the low budget nature), but it’s got that independent sensibility that we would eventually come to see in the Troma pantheon of films. It’s not great. It’s kind of boring, to be honest, but I enjoyed watching a guy in a suit eat people. Sometimes, that’s enough.