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Bad Milo

Canadian Premiere
  • USA
  • 2012
  • 85 mins
  • HD
  • English
Official Selection, Karlovy Vary 2013

“BAD MILO has laughs, ideas, gore and heart to spare and it never fails to entertain” - Evan Dickson, BLOODY DISGUSTING

Duncan Hayslip’s life is a total pain in the ass. He’s got the boss from hell, an oversexed mother, and is constantly read the riot act over his inability to get his sexy young wife pregnant. Oh, and he’s also got a literal pain in his ass. Poor Duncan’s overcome with gastrointestinal agony on a near-constant basis — and all anyone can tell him is that he needs to relax. Little do they know, the overworked financial advisor’s anal anguish isn’t the result of his life’s countless issues, but rather – wait for it – a temperamental, chainsaw-toothed Mayan demon who’s put up shop in his colon. That’s right… and now, whenever Duncan finds himself overwhelmed, he passes out — and the bloodthirsty “Milo”, who looks like the mutant love child of E.T. and a Langolier, volcanically bursts from his host’s rectum to wreak utter havoc. And somehow, if this SXSW hit’s gross-out meter wasn’t already ratcheted all the way up to 11, the little devil burrows his way back in after every murderous jaunt – and no amount of antacid is going to calm him down.

Director Jacob Vaughn has crafted a hilariously foul ode to ’80s camp, rooted in cartoonishly real scenarios — with a feces-caked devil somehow believably anchored in the pain we’re all feeling, every single day. Duncan is the world’s diarrhetic everyman, and impish Milo is the pain in society’s communal ass. The side-and-rectum-splitting script by Vaughn and Benjamin Hayes is far from uncomfortable, delivering endearingly hilarious guffaws and gags at lightning-fast pace. The cast, headlined by BURNING LOVE’s Ken Marino as the ever-suffering Duncan, is a joy, with hilarious bits from COMMUNITY’s Gillian Jacobs, Peter Stormare (FARGO), and the always-phenomenal Patrick Warburton as one of filmdom’s great insufferable bosses. Those averse to a film’s hero smeared with his own crap for a large portion of a movie’s runtime may want to think twice (and then re-evaluate their lives), but for those with a stomach for the grotesque and ready to wipe up some extremely daring genre filmmaking – BAD MILO’s here to toss your salad and blow your mind.

Fantasia 2013 - Bad Milo from Fantasia Film Festival on Vimeo.

— Ted Geoghegan

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