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Bad Milo – 7

Director – Jacob Vaughan

Cast – Ken Marino, Peter Stormare, Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Toby Huss, Mary Kay Place, Stephen Root

Release Year – 2013

Reviewed by John of the Dead

When I first heard of Bad Milo I knew that this was a film I had to see. To me it seemed like a modern day Basket Case that had the potential to be a fun-filled ride barring the correct execution, and I am happy to say that Bad Milo was as enjoyable as I expected it to be. Filled with ironic poop jokes and live action effects, hilarity ensues in one of the most outlandish horror films of 2013. Simply put, Bad Milo is an awesome Milo.

Duncan (Ken Marino; “Eastbound & Down”, “Children’s Hospital”) is an average guy living an average life, except for his unusual stomach problems. When he is tasked with handling his company’s passive layoffs, the non-confrontational Duncan soon realizes that is the least of his worries when he learns his stomach problems are being caused by a demon living in his intestines.

Writers Jacob Vaughan and Benjamin Hayes give us a short (85 minutes) but sweet tale that reminded me of something Frank Henenlotter would think up. The story immediately envelops us into Duncan’s “problems” with his stomach, which his doctor and wife assume are stress-related and force him to see a psychologist who is hilariously portrayed by Peter Stormare. By the 27-minute mark we get a full frontal view of the source of Duncan’s issues, and it is ugly as hell. In a hilarious scene of agonizing pain we see the demon exit from his anus and begin killing those who stress him out, contradictorily making his life a little better but a lot worse at the same time. Much of the story follows the demon, Milo, and the conflict that he causes, especially when he begins to go after Duncan’s wife. What starts as a somewhat friendly relationship between Duncan and Milo turns into a humorous war by the time the end credits roll. There are several kills to enjoy, which came in exciting and sometimes funny fashion. Personally I would have liked to see more kills in the film, especially given how simple it is. Thankfully, the humor kept things interesting and the few kills provided were enough to appease. With no major faults I do applaud the writers for not pushing this story to be more than it is – a simple horror comedy. At 85 minutes it runs smoothly and if the film were any longer it would most likely have had drag and pacing issues.

Jacob Vaughan also serves as the film’s director and he does a good job in his debut feature effort. His execution of every major element is great and he is a big reason behind why a film of this nature was able to succeed with fans and even with critics. What hits us first is the humor, which was not only hilariously directed in frontal fashion but required a hell of a performance at times from actor Ken Marino. Marino is not alone though, as Stormare also does a great job selling his very important, and amusing, supporting role. After that the horror hits, and with the aid of two puppeteers we are given a live-action antagonist that most will find pretty entertaining. There are several kills in the film and while I wished for more, these few kills were enough to satisfy my thirst for the “good stuff”.

Overall, Bad Milo is a solid horror comedy that comes with a story unlike any we see today. The writers get things right with their humor and zany horror, which comes complimented with solid direction sure to leave you glad you gave this a shot.

Rating: 7/10

  1. February 15, 2014 at 2:58 am

    This seems very interesting. Thanks for this, John 😉

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