Bad Milo (2013) (DVD review).

Whatever you say about ‘Bad Milo’, may it be good, bad or ugly, at least you’ve got to say it’s original. It’s a comedy horror with a difference and one that relates to everybody on the planet. You could also say it’s a lot of crap and you’d probably be right as well!


Okay, how do we start? It concerns an unfortunate fellow by the name of Duncan (Ken Marino) who has severe abdominal problems ranging from torrential diarrhoea to colossal wind. Maybe it’s caused by stress because he has plenty of that, from the wife, family and especially work. In fact, everything about Duncan’s life seems to induce stress. What’s next? Obviously a psychiatrist!

The psychiatrist, also a hypnotherapist, gets to the pit of the problem and discovers that Duncan has a small monster within his bowels. The pain is caused by this little rubbery shit-like creature, forgive the description, and, every now and then, it decides to evacuate from his bowels and attack the people that cause Duncan stress. What a nasty little creature it is! You would also imagine it’s a little odoriferous.

All this sounds like nonsense but it is, after all, a comedy horror.

It’s not great surprise to find out that Duncan’s boss is one of the targets but the demon doesn’t discriminate between friend or foe, even looking at his wife with malice. The vindictiveness of the creature from the bowels of Duncan isn’t very pleasant and slaughter ensues. Even a good smash on the head can’t sort it out and it seems to be rather tough and enduring. Besides, people are not queuing to tackle something that came out of the back side of somebody else.

Duncan is a reasonable sort of chap and is very scared about his new-found friend. If he tries to do it harm, he only hurts himself because they are both the same creature. He tries to befriend his friend and placate it in times of stress so that it doesn’t come out and smash up somebody totally innocent, especially his dear wife. Then begins a tormented time, a balance between good and evil when the inner demon threatens to escape and cause havoc.

You would imagine that abundant jokes about bowels and related subjects would emanate from this movie but strangely it’s played almost in a deadpan serious manner. Schoolboy humour, sometimes, but not very often! However, it’s really quite funny in a certain way and as long as you are not squeamish about bowels and contents thereof, you will go along with it and have a good laugh. Okay, there may be lots of psychological and philosophical points being made, especially about the relationship between body and mind, cause-and-effect and so and so but they seem to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the situation. Maybe this is all about controlling your inner self, exercise and meditation or maybe this is all just a lot of nonsense? Who knows? Who cares? It’s a good laugh at the end of the day.

Who wrote this shit, you may ask? It’s a guy called Jacob Vaughan and it was produced by Gabriel Cowan. They made a really good job of the movie, forgive the pun, and the quality is not bad at all. I thought the acting was very good and, overall, it’s a superb performance by everyone involved. It comes with extras which include deleted scenes, bloopers, et cetera and it’s also available dubbed in Spanish, German, French and Italian. It has English subtitles available along with a dozen other languages.

It’s a movie you can’t help laughing about. Goodness knows, there’s a lot of trouble in the world at the moment, so this is a welcome diversion. On that basis, it’s got to be recommended.

Rod MacDonald

October 2014

(region 2 DVD: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 80 minute film with extras. Price: £10.50 (UK). ASIN: B00LZORYOU)

cast: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Mary Kay Place, Claudia Choi and Toby Huss

Subtitles: German, Hindi, French, Finnish, Swedish, Arabic, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Turkish, Spanish and English

Dubbed: French, German, Italian and Spanish

Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English

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