The goofy, absurd horror-comedy "Bad Milo!" is a cult classic in the making. Its lo-fi charms — the cutesy-scary monster design, earnest family values and Danny Elfman-esque soundtrack — make the film feel like an '80s throwback in a way that justifies the nostalgia. But enjoyment of the film will depend on one's delight in endless jokes about one man's behind.
In an early scene, married couple Duncan (
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But the "little trooper" turns out to be a feral monster, a miniature E.T. with ink-black eyes both innocent and hollow. When Duncan suffers a humiliation at work or the proctologist's office, "Milo" exits his colon to tear apart the person responsible. With the help of a therapist (
Marino, a deliciously slimy comedian, is somewhat wasted as a straight man, but his commitment to self-degradation is admirable. Likewise, director Jacob Vaughan maintains a commendable tonal balance between Duncan's emotional growth (including his fatherhood anxieties), the cartoonish violence and the cringe-comedy antics of side characters. "Milo" is definitely no stinker.
"Bad Milo!" MPAA rating: R for bloody comic horror violence, and for language and some sexual content . Running time: 1 hour, 24 minutes. At