Bad Milo! (2013)
Director: Jacob Vaughan
Starring: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton and Peter Stormare
Running Time: 85 minutes
I've wanted to see Bad Milo since it came to the Calgary Underground Film Festival (C.U.F.F) but unfortunately it wasn't in the cards, so I was really excited when I heard it was coming out this month on disc. I really liked the idea of the film, it was a strange concept with a horror twist and anything this far off the beaten path is already cool in my books.
It stars Ken Marino (Party Down, Burning Love) as Duncan, who has some serious stomach issues, which he and his lovely wife Sarah, played by Gillian Jacobs (Community), believe are from ulcers caused by his stressful job as an accountant, his father's issues and probably, listening to his mom and her younger boyfriend talking about their sex life. That would make any sick to their stomach, eww. Anyhoo, the doctor suggests that Duncan see a psychiatrist and with some prodding from Sarah, he goes to see Dr. Highsmith, played by Peter Stormare (Fargo, Armageddon). After a couple of sessions and using his hypno therapy (Don't try this at home!), Dr. Highsmith discovers the horrifying secret to Duncan's stomach pain. Duncan has a demon that lives in his bowels and will kill anyone who irritates them! With this information, Duncan tries to make a connection with his butt monster and tries to control his insatiable rage but how long can he soothe the savage ass beast?
Director/co-writer Jacob Vaughan and co-writer Benjamin Hayes create a very original, amusing and dare I say, touching horror tale of a man connecting with his butt demon. I like that they create an "organic" creature feature and use puppets inside of CGI, like in classic horrors, Gremlins, Critters and It's Alive. Frank Langley and Bob Mano, the puppeteers, do an amazing job and they really bring the Milo character to life.
I was also really impressed with the human casting for this film as well. Ken Marino (Eastbound & Bound, In a World) is incredibly funny in this, playing it straight as his friends and family try and help him with the little boy who lives in his bowels. Peter Stormare (The Big Lebowski, Dancer In The Dark), is hilarious as his psychiatrist, who forces Duncan to push out his inner demon, literally. Patrick Warburton, Mary Kay Place and Gillian Jacobs, all shine throughout the picture but Stephen Root (Office Space, Monkey Shines) really ties the picture together as Duncan's father, who has abandoned his family and is living off the grid. Root even had me laughing when I was watching it again with the commentary on.
*Spoiler Alert*My only issues with the film are there aren't as many horrible deaths in this as some peopel would expect. Milo only attacks a few people, they are done off camera and you only see blood spatter . However, one of them is a incredibly gruesome dick mutilation shot but I'm afraid hardcore horror fanatics may be expecting more blood shed. Also, Milo isn't able to get a proper comeuppance in this because if be dies it turns Duncan into vegetable. So, it's a kind of a jarring scene at the end when Duncan is in a fever pitch hacking Milo to bits in one moment and then does a 180 and he and his wife, who was fleeing for life a moment ago, cuddle with what's left of a dismembered Milo and carefully shove him back up Duncan's ass.
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I was sent a DVD which looked good, so I ASSume the Blu-ray looks really good as well. There are some good special features on the disc. They have some extended scenes and some very funny deleted scenes that people will dig. I was surprised that they didn't do more on the development and choreography of Milo puppet but there is a brief "Behind the Scenes" on it using the raw footage. The commentary for the disc has some interesting notes on the film and is voiced by Jacob Vaughan, Benjamin Hayes, Ken Marino and Gillian Jacobs.
Bad Milo is an fun film and has some better twists than your intestinal track . With so many rehashed and remade of horror films being flushed out right now, I really enjoyed the originality of this story and I think this film is a breath of fresh air compared to some of the stinkers that have come to the big screen. It may get a little sappy at times but it's a movie about a demon that lives in somebodies butt, which has to count for something.