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Bad Milo (Blu-ray)

Magnolia Pictures // 2013 // 85 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // February 5th, 2014

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson has a monster in his spleen.

The Charge

Embrace your inner demon.

Opening Statement

A killer monster that lives in a man's butt. That is all.

Facts of the Case

Ken Marino (Role Models) stars as Duncan, a man under a lot of personal and professional stress who discovers that the gnawing discomfort in his gut is not an ulcer, but a bloodthirsty tiny demon. And when things get really hairy in Duncan's life, the creature escapes through his butthole and goes on a killing spree, waxing the offending jerks. Clarity comes when Duncan's therapist (Peter Stormare, Prison Break) recommends he bond with the creature instead of fighting against it, giving Duncan a whole new perspective on life with an ass monster.

The Evidence

I have to admit: my expectations were fairly lofty for Bad Milo. Marino is a man-god and the brilliant Gillian Jacobs (Community) is in this too. It's also about a demon that climbs out of a dude's rectum to commit bloody murder. Those are some powerful ingredients.

But would could have been a tasty soufflé of delight and coolness ends up merely as a serviceable B-movie. It's unique, for sure, and Marino carries himself with the expected verve, but in the end Bad Milo just missed cult immortality.

Why? It's difficult to pinpoint. There aren't any screaming deficiencies. The story moves along swimmingly and the acting is solid—there just isn't that magic, that unquantifiable energy that these types of drive-in flicks require for greatness. In fact, as I sit here typing up this review having viewed the movie a scant few days ago, it's difficult to summon anything that stands out (aside from a particularly egregious murder/castration perpetrated by Milo).

Granted, this sound negative; really, this is a fun little flick. But hopes are hopes and I was angling for some truly inspired lunacy. Bad Milo comes close, but falls short. However: I would be remiss to punch out of this review without some positivity. At least these guys tried and, in fact, succeeded in turning out something new and original and crazy, so let's honor them for what they did and not what they didn't do. Here then is my itemized list of Bad Milo Good Stuff.

Milo
Points awarded—forever—when monster movies opt for practical execution of their beasties. So it is with Bad Milo and the nasty little construction that lends its name to the title. The puppeteers do a great job with the expressions and performance nuances and the creature design is imaginative. End result? A nifty entry into the low-buster monster paddock.

Marino
I've suitably gushed about him enough, but Ken Marino deserves as much cred as I can cough up. For the man who introduced "I want to dip my balls in it" into the pop culture lexicon he's been long under-represented in the leading man business. But let's get to it: any man who willing assumes the position to let a gremlin crawl out of his bumhole deserves a nod.

Jacobs
Gillian Jacobs should be given much more work in prominent roles. That is all.

The payoff
There's some obtuse metaphor work going on here (inner demons manifesting), but the draw is the monster running wild and the denouement features all manner of mayhem and a surprisingly sentimental finale. A fine capper to a fine little movie. Sadly, those are the highest levels it reaches.

Bad Milo (Blu-ray) is a sleek 1.85:1/1080p (MPEG-4 AVC-encoded) transfer, joined by a DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio mix serving up an all-around solid technical presentation. Extras: director and cast commentary, outtakes, the extended dinner scene (which is very funny), a deleted scene, an interview with Ken Marino, a featurette on the puppetry, a behind-the-scenes look at the editing, an AXS TV promo, and the theatrical trailer.

Closing Statement

It's fun and cool and different—but alas that's about it for Bad Milo.

The Verdict

Not guilty. I'm off to my colonoscopy.

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Scales of Justice

Video: 90
Audio: 90
Extras: 80
Acting: 85
Story: 80
Judgment: 82

Perp Profile

Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Video Formats:
• 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
Audio Formats:
• DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
Subtitles:
• English (SDH)
• French
• Spanish
Running Time: 85 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Rated R
Genres:
• Blu-ray
• Comedy
• Horror

Distinguishing Marks

• Commentary
• Extended/Deleted Scenes
• Featurettes
• Interview
• Outtakes
• Trailer

Accomplices

• IMDb
• Official Site
• Facebook Page








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