Monsters Fly Out of his Butt

Bad Milo! (2013)

Having had progressively worse stomach problems for a while, Duncan (Ken Marino) pays a visit to a doctor who after ultra-sounding his stomach says he has a polyp. But later on Duncan discovers the truth; he has a monster living in his intestines which is the reason for his horrendous stomach pains. But it gets worse as this monster is a vengeful little blighter who when ever someone annoys Duncan releases itself and attacks leading to a series of deaths which the police believe to be down to angry raccoon.

I wonder when Benjamin Hayes and Jacob Vaughan were writing "Bad Milo!" they found themselves bouncing around such terms as ass assassin, colon critter and gastric gremlin; I know I did as I watched this strangely entertaining horror comedy. But the thing is that while I was watching "Bad Milo!" I know I had a huge smile on my face I now find myself, 12 hours later, wondering whether it was just the comical shock of the movie which amused me at the time as I now find myself trying to remember what it was which I enjoyed so much.

Ken Marino in Bad Milo! (2013)

In truth there are a couple of things which stick out in my mind as I think about "Bad Milo!" and the first is the humour of Duncan discovering he has a monster living in his intestines. Credit to Ken Marino for throwing himself in to delivering the screaming pain of painful bowel movements and he is well chosen because he has such a mild manner when he isn't panicking. This also gives the movies only one true horror shock which all I will say involves a trip to the doctors and a split second view which will throw you back in your chair.

The other thing which sticks out in my mind is Milo, the creature from Duncan's butt because here is a little monster with sharp teeth and a blood lust yet when it isn't on the rampage is cute. The credit not only goes to those who designed and built Milo but the puppeteers who operate the little monster who do such a wonderful job of making him a little terror one minute and this wide-eyed cute critter the next.

What this all boils down to is that "Bad Milo!" is a lot of fun when you watch it as it has that wonderful mix of horror, comedy and cute. But it isn't a movie which is so good that you will feel you need to watch it again.

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