Halloween is rapidly approaching and director Jacob Vaughan plans on grossing you out "Bad Milo," a creature feature that will redefine the term 'butt hurt."
Duncan Hayslip (Ken Marino) can't seem to catch a break. He's an accountant at an investment firm, but the mild-mannered bean counter soon finds his office getting redecorated for someone else. His "promotion" involves him sharing an office with an annoying assistant. By the way, that office just happens to be the company restroom. Duncan's boss Phil (Patrick Warburton) revels in making his life hell by making him lay off his coworkers, while hilariously putting random objects in their severance packages like keychains, bottle openers and condoms.
With a pot head absentee dad who refuses to see him and a kinky mom who is married to a guy a third her age in tow, it's safe to say Duncan has taken about as much crap as one man can stand. And guess what?
You'd be right.
Plagued by chronic, painful abdominal pains, Duncan seeks out a hypnotherapist with a talking parrot. While under hypnosis, Duncan realizes he's got a demonic beast in his colon and not the kind brought on by your mom's chili. This one is more like an anime gremlin with sharp teeth and the desire to kill. When the beast's killing spree hits a little too close to home, Duncan tries to befriend it. Named Milo (for an unknown reason), the two begin a bizarre relationship involving spraying poop, crawling up Duncan's butt and uh...the power of love, I think.
"Bad Milo" has guilty pleasure written all over it. The Milo puppet construct used is as cute as it is vicious. What it lacks in vocabulary, it makes up in pure ferocity leading up to the inevitable "No, Milo, no!" Ken Marino (Children's Hospital) has impeccable comic timing as the neurotic accountant that goes from barely managing his life to managing his anal demons. Unfortunately, his shoulders aren't brought enough to shoulder this 15 minute comedy sketch for the 84 minute running time. His cast tries to help him in the heavy lifting against all comedic odds. Stephen Root as the deadbeat dad and Peter Stormare as the crazy "witch doctor" (his parrots words, not mine) can pull laughs out of thin air, but all of the poop jokes and proctology gags in the world couldn't rescue "Bad Milo." Everyone loves a pint sized rectum based killing demon, but at a certain point, you want to come up for air.
"Bad Milo" MPAA: Rated R for graphic violence and language. Running time: 84 minutes. In limited release.