REVIEW: Horror Channel’s Bad Milo! is absurdist humour at its finest
Delightfully grotesque and hilariously absurd, the Horror Channel brings us the UK TV premiere of Bad Milo! tonight.
The 2013 comedy horror film is directed by Jacob Vaughan and recounts the tale of average-Joe accountant Duncan (Ken Marino), who has a not-so-average problem… Facing pressure from his dodgy boss (Patrick Warburton), his meddling mother (Mary Kay Place) and her latest toy-boy (Stephen Root), as well as his broody wife (Gillian Jacobs), Duncan’s rising stress levels provoke a disturbing gastrointestinal reaction.
Meet Milo: the angry little beast inhabiting Duncan’s intestine (stay with us here). We discover that when it all reaches boiling point for Duncan, his anxieties take the form of this tiny wrinkled demon who, naturally, emerges via his butthole to take fierce revenge on Duncan’s sources of stress. Fearing that the creature may actually attack the one person he loves – his wife – Duncan seeks advice from a loony hypnotherapist (Peter Stormare). Together they come up with a solution on how to tame the beast’s bloodthirsty appetite: Duncan must attempt to form a bond with his new colon companion.
Admittedly, if subtlety is your thing then this probably isn’t going to be the movie for you. If you are after gruesome horror and laughs aplenty, however, then look no further! It is rare that such a ridiculous concept can be executed so well, but Bad Milo!‘s experimental absurdist humour really does work. The film is delightfully disgusting and grotesque without being unbearable and is funny throughout. Although, if toilet humour turns your stomach then let this be your warning…
Ken Marino does an excellent job with his slightly neurotic portrayal of Duncan and his comic timing cannot be faulted. His character immediately gains the viewer’s sympathy after discovering the source of his new, er, problem. But what later develops is a more unexpected and touching desire from his character to actually form a relationship with the toothy E.T. lookalike. In fact, the strange anal intruder actually starts to become weirdly loveable.
Bad Milo! (2013) premieres in the UK tonight (Friday March 31) at 11:20pm on Horror Channel.