No nudity this time around, but yes, it’s another woman falling victim to a horrible fate at the hands of a sort-of-man. My third Stock*tober sketch card is a scene from James Gunn’s Slither. I didn’t really know who Gunn was when I first saw this film, aside from the knowledge that he’d come out of Troma. What drew me to Slither were the trailers, which made it look like a straight-up monster extravaganza…which it is.
Right from the opening shots of Slither, which show off a small town laden with shop names and street signs referencing the likes of Tremors and The Thing, I was immediately in love with the film. James Gunn took everything I love about 80’s monster movies and paid homage to them while simultaneously making an brand new great monster movie. Slither isn’t just a send-off of the genre; it’s a worthy entry into it. There are some truly disgusting ideas and visuals in Slither, yet it still manages to match the gross stuff with humor. The characters may all be clichés and archetypes, but they’re lovable and memorable. Michael Rooker is perfectly cast as the eerie Grant Grant, Gregg Henry is just enough of a prick to make you glad to see him suffer in the end as Jack MacReady (an obvious reference to R.J. MacReady from The Thing), and Nathan Fillion is the perfect underdog hero in the role that introduced me to his work and made me a fan of his.
Here I’ve depicted Grant Grant impregnating poor Brenda with multiple tentacles-full of his offspring, which eventually erupt from her bloated body during one of the most disgusting (and awesome) scenes in the film. My favorite part of this scene is how content Grant Grant looks as he sits back and watches Brenda convulse on the other end of his…protuberances. It’s genuinely creepy.
As per usual, this card was drawn on 2-ply bristol, inked with Pitt pens, and colored with Copic markers. I feel that the background might take away from the image a bit, especially since it’s so close in color to Grant Grant’s skin tone, but it does add a mundane contrast to the horrific scene taking place that I kind of like. Also, I’m quite happy with how the tentacles turned out. That white gel pen worked wonders toward making them look translucent, kind of like the casing of a sausage.