10 Biggest Box Office Turkeys of the Noughties
Space slug splatterfest Slither was meant to bring back the comedy-horror movie; instead, it practically killed it off. The tongue-in-cheek story involved a meteor carrying alien parasites crashing down in a one-horse American town and turning its population of good ‘ol boys into ravenous mutants. The movie was an slithering damp squib, making less than a quarter of its $29.5 million budget back in America after being released in 2006. Audiences saw its homages to ’70s and ’80s horror movies like Night of the Creeps as attempts at ripping them off, and many people didn’t seem to even realize that it was supposed to be a parody. Maybe people were “zombied out;” the rush of bloody Romero-sploitation movies like 28 Days Later in the 2000s had left some sick to death of walking corpses and ready to embrace some nice sparkly vampires (of course, the success of The Walking Dead might indicate that particular craze isn’t quite over!).