Bad Milo (2014) Review

Bad Milo

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I slipped the disk into my DVD player. I had watched the trailer that assured me it was a gross out laugh riot.

Scanning the box I saw the names Patrick Warburton Bad Milo 2014 horror  movie(Family Guy/Seinfeld) and Peter Stormare (Fargo/Big Labowski) so I start to thinking that this might be one of these little gems. And to be fair I wasn’t wrong.

Duncan (Ken Marino) is suffering with intestinal discomfort brought on by stress. Stress at work, stress at home, stress with pretty much everything; the day to day grind isn’t doing our hero any favours.
He turns to alternative treatments for his gastric discomfort in the form of a hypnotherapist (Stormare) where they find that the pain and anxiety has manifested into what can only be described as a cute yet murderous butt-goblin.

After naming the critter Milo and trying to befriend it but series of events that trigger his stress, mostly brought on by his boss (Warburton) Milo goes on a killing spree to get revenge on the causes of Duncan’s anxieties.

I enjoyed this film, it really took me back to the days of watching such classics as the Ghoulies or Critters movies when I was a kid and for a film based on a creature living in a man’s bum it wasn’t just a string of butt-gags and childish toilet humour. There were elements of this but it was pulled off in a subtle, almost grown up way.

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One thing that made this film really enjoyable for me was the use of practical monster puppets instead of CGI but I couldn’t help but wonder if the 15 certificate held it back in the gross-out stakes. (I believe it got an R rating in the states). I really feel that if they threw in a few more close up and nasty FX that it would become more of a cult film of the ilk of Bad Taste and Body Melt. I wouldn’t mind betting that there were a few juicer FX scenes left on the cutting room floor.

Bad Milo

Overall a well-made, funny and almost family friendly tale of a man and his arse gremlin. There are some great scenes and some funny gags but again slightly lacking even with a good cast, good budget and good direction.

Sadly I feel this movie might just end up stagnating in Netflix limbo which is a shame, but I really think they missed a trick here. I hate to say it but I wanted to see more poo, more gore and maybe even a proper ‘Milo birthing’ scene… that doesn’t sound at all right, does it?

Movie Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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About Gravesend Gore

After crawling his way back to the surface of the earth from his putrid tomb, Gravesend Gore set up a home entertainment system and lazy boy a mausoleum in Highgate cemetery. On certain nights when the stars are right and the air warm and still he can be heard howling with laughter as he watches scene after scene of brutal killings in his crypt/play room. He only ever emerges to purchase tea bags and biscuits from the corner shop and waits for the arrival of the postman with his Amazon orders.

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