Judge David Johnson has a monster in his spleen.
Embrace your inner demon.
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.
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.
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.
It's fun and cool and different—but alas that's about it for Bad Milo.
Not guilty. I'm off to my colonoscopy.
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