Bad Milo (2013) – Formerly Milo
Starring: Ken Marino, Peter Stormare, Gillian Jacobs
Writers: Benjamin Hayes, Jacob Vaughan
Director: Jacob Vaughan
Wow, what a treat this was! The best way I can describe Bad Milo is to take a pissed off Mogwai, shave him and remove his ears, then shove him up the asshole of Office Space -and I mean that in the most complementary way possible. It’s always great to go into a movie having no preconceived notions of what to expect and come out really satisfied. And Bad Milo does just that. It’s hilarious, gleefully nasty, and a surprisingly heartwarming comedy horror film. The fact that a movie this outrageous is getting any type of theatrical release whatsoever puts a big damn smile across my mug!
The story goes like this- Duncan’s life is filled with stress and the shit is really bringing him down. His boss is a total sleazeball, his pestering Mother is with an openly pervy young dude, and his adorable wife is pressing the issue of family. This all leads to Duncan developing a severe gastrointestinal condition. In order to ease his pain, he goes to see an eccentric hypnotherapist, who learns that the cause of it all is an anal demon. This monster is triggered to eject from the anus and kill whomever is the cause of Duncan’s stress and anger. With worry of things getting completely out of hand, Duncan creates a bond with his butt demon, and names him Milo.
The writing by Benjamin Hayes and director Jacob Vaughn is so quick and witty, jumping from emotions at the flick of a switch. One moment the film is hysterical, the next, entirely charming. Bad Milo never completely leaves funny, though, and the comedy is way more heavy handed than the horror. In reality, having a monster call your asshole home would be quite terrifying. On film, such a subject is what hilarity is made of. However, it’s definitely not without its grossness. I mean, it IS about an anal demon. Also, POV Milo cam is amazing.
Acting is good across the board, and there’s a good bit of familiar faces. Stephen Root and Kumail Nanjiani, to name a few. But the performances of Ken Marino as Duncan and Peter Stormare as Highsmith (the hypnotherapist) are really where we see some greatness. I’ve been a fan of Stormare since Fargo, and he seems to be having a total blast here. Same goes for Marino. His reactions to everything going wrong in his life -especially the butt problem- are comedy gold.
Fans of Chris Walas type Special Effects should have no problem falling in love with the Milo design. The Caterpuppy from House II and the Mogwais -only not furry, as previously mentioned- from Gremlins immediately came to mind. This little bastard can look mean as hell one second and like a cute little cuddle bug the next. The amount of personality put into Milo is pretty damn awesome, too. As far as gore goes, you won’t be swimming in it, but it’s definitely there and doesn’t shy away whenever present.
I haven’t seen a whole lot of horror comedy this year, at least not too many that were very memorable. Bad Milo absolutely memorable! It’s just a nice change of pace. Definitely recommended for fans of Frank Henenlotter type craziness and off-kilter humor. Available on iTunes/On Demand August 29th, 2013 and in theaters October 4th, 2013, from Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing!