I thought this would be an easier review, because I thought I had reviewed it before, back when I saw the screener around the time it was being unleashed on VOD. Turns out, my good friend and TLD badass Eric King(Brobocop) reviewed it for me, so I actually have to do a little bit of work. That’s okay, though, because Bad Milo was one of the gems of 2013, in my humble opinion. Bad Milo is one of those movies, that when you read the description, you think that no way will this movie be any semblance of good. You would think that, but you’d be wrong. I had an idea, what to expect, from a movie that was described to me as a story about an irritable man with a demon living in his intestines, that would come out through his anus when stress levels reach a maximum, in order to eliminate the source of the stress. Bad Milo, however, managed to transcend any preconceived notions I could have had. It’s rare that a film accomplishes this. More often than not films like this either disappoint, or just barely meet expectations, so when Bad Milo blew me away, I walked away an extremely happy camper. No demons will be coming out of my ass, today.
One thing I absolutely did not expect from a movie about an ass demon, was for it to be as heartwarming as it was. While it is about a crazy little monster than a guy poops out whenever his stress levels run high, but it also plays out like a rom com, and by the very end, you’ll fall completely in love with Milo, despite the fact that he’s probably covered in fecal matter. Milo is cute, in an evil sort of way, and definitely tugs on the heart strings towards the end of the movie. The puppeteer work that brought him to life, is pretty impressive as well. Any apprehension you have, based on somewhat similar(not really) films that you have seen, can be checked at the door. If you were a fan of Critters, Ghoulies, Munchies or any of the little rubber monster movies of the eighties and early nineties, I cannot fathom not finding enjoyment and genuine excitement for a picture like this. If you share roughly the same age group as I, then this is one little monster movie that you shouldn’t miss.
The Blu-ray itself is very nice, though I’m extremely disappointed in the cover and disc art. The first couple of posters released for Bad Milo were exceptional, and either of those would have looked beautiful on the front cover of a Blu-ray case. Unfortunately, we get a mostly generic action-shot cast photo over top of a standard red background. The same goes for the disc itself, but that’s a little more forgivable, as most companies just release plain colored discs these days, so any time a disc is covered in actual art, it’s a good thing. Disappointment over the disc art, though, doesn’t hinder one’s enjoyment of the disc itself. It looks and sounds great, being a new release movie on the superior format, that shouldn’t surprise you. And, unlike most discs that didn’t come from a boutique distro, we have some actual extras crammed onto the disc as well. Extras include: Extended Outtakes, Extended Dinner Scene, Deleted Scene: Veterinarian, Behind Milo: The Puppeteers!, Behind Milo: Raw Take, Interview with Ken Marino, AXS TV: A Look At Bad Milo!, Commentary with Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Director Jacob Vaughan and Writer Benjamin Hayes, as well as the trailer.
I can wholeheartedly recommend Bad Milo to all fans of solid genre entertainment. The disc is currently a little expensive on amazon, with the Blu-ray clocking in at just under $27.00, but I can assure you, if history is anything to go by, that this title will drop significantly in price, and soon. Also, being a Magnet/Magnolia title, it will most certainly wind up on Netflix instant within the very immediate future.