Do you consider yourself a pretty well tempered person? Possibly you are that kind of person that tends to be a little more passive with your anger and frustration? Sure you have your moments. Like flipping out about the jackass at a green light that won’t move. Or wishing an asteroid would take out Jame Corden and whatever moronic celebrity he’s singing with in a car. But for the most part, these are pretty quick and harmless acts of subtle rage. We tolerate the annoying boss from the places we work. Or the new kid that lives down the street your children made friends with but has this unquenchable ability to make you want to drive nails through your eyes to extinguish the annoying pain he brings your life! Instead of massacring those animal rights protesters blocking your local grocery stores fried chicken section, you just decide to eat sushi. As for that annoying boss; who else is going to pay you to sit around and do nothing?
Rage is an interesting thing that we have learned to control. Most of us are passive people that have a hard time keeping it in. It is a real good practice at finding that one thing that relieves that constant build up. Some of us lift weights or play sports. Metal heads go to shows and get into the pit where they gloriously rid their inner aggression. But what if the rage within us was a festering pool of danger waiting to explode? Some sort of monster that could come forth becoming a terror on anyone set in its sites.
Bad Milo! is a 2003 horror comedy film directed by Jacob Vaughan and stars Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Peter Stormare and Stephen Root.
The story is about a guy named Duncan. He’s stressed out over work and life in general. After going to a specialist, Duncan soon discovers the stress and frustration he faces causes a small monster to form. This monster comes out of Duncan’s ass and kills whoever it deems a cause of all of Duncan’s stress. Duncan now has to learn to deal with his personal monstrous sidekick.
I figured for this day in the marathon it would be good to pick a rather ridiculously funny horror film. Too much seriousness can be a too much for a person. But horror comedy is an insanely large sub-genre. If you were to make a list of your top 80’s horror films, you might have to make a separate one for just 80’s horror comedy ones as well. But horror comedy has kept up throughout the years and 2003’s Bad Milo! is one that I absolutely love.
This movie is pretty much the Incredible Hulk… but with a small monster that comes out of the ass of our character. Duncan is so stressed that this little monster forms and just kills people in horrific ways. There’s actually a messed up dick mutilation death in this movie which is kind of rare in many horror films. The movie borders on bad taste style movies and kind of reminds me of splatter films like Dead Alive and Evil Dead. But Bad Milo! clearly has a message, although delivered through extremely moronic and gory visuals.
For the most part, you will find and stick to the humor of the film. But you can’t help but notice what it could mean to people like you and me. Duncan has to deal with this monster that kills everyone. Duncan doesn’t want it to kill anyone so he ends up befriending the monster. It’s a great moment in the film as their bonding together. Which is kind of symbolic of ourselves and our own inner rage and aggression.
I relate to Duncan and what he’s going through. Well, only up to having a monster that comes out of my ass every time my stress level rises. But really as a metaphor, I get it! You have to control that shit and cradle it like it was your child. By accepting the inner anger within you it helps you understand yourself much more and communicate with the world around you.
Like I stated before, many of us let our stress and anger build up over time. Without a channeling system to draw out those feelings, it can turn into something worse. Milo ends up going wild and turning on the people that actually bring Duncan joy in his life. So Duncan ends up fighting his little monster buddy and harming it and almost losing his own wife. This too is kind of like how if we let our anger and stress get to us, it will effect those around us negatively.
I love how the movie can take this clear message and present it in a hilarious manner. Unlike many splatter films, I find myself drawn and appreciating our characters. They aren’t merely mindless exaggerations that push the comical element of the film. The comedy of Bad Milo! is in it’s plot. A monster that comes out of a mans ass! That alone is enough to make a splatter fan interested. Milo himself is a hilarious prop and I appreciate the fact that it’s a practical puppet and not a computerized one. He’s kind of a mix between a ET and a pissed off monster from Pixars Monsters Inc. But he’s kind of cute for a little ferocious terror. All in all it’s an enjoyable movie that should make you laugh while being entertained by the crude horror.