Another day, another gift. This was the second DVD I received for my birthday from my friends Emily and Mark (pretty sure Mark was the one picking out the movies). Anyways, this is a movie that I had actually seen recommended to me several times on Amazon based on my shopping choices but never got around to buying. I have also seen it on several streaming sites but never thought of watching it there, as I would usually be looking for something else specific to watch instead. Well, this movie always interested me, even though it was never enough to watch it the time I had the opportunity, so let’s see exactly what I am getting with today’s movie, Bad Milo!.
The plot: Duncan is racing back towards his mother’s house and when he gets there, he slams the door shut and braces himself against it. His wife Sarah asks what is going on and he tells her to get down to the basement, just as something repeatedly slams against the door, eventually breaking it open. 123 hours earlier, Duncan is at the doctor’s office, where they detect a large polyp in his intestine. The doctor says it isn’t serious and that it is most likely caused by stress and recommends it be removed but when Duncan refuses, the doctor tells him to avoid any stress for a few days and see if it clears up. The next day, Duncan arrives at work to find that he is being moved from accounting to human resources. His boss, Phil, explains that this is temporary but he wants Duncan in HR to handle some company lay-offs, as he is a nice guy. Duncan is then shown his new office, which is a men’s room that he will be sharing with Allistair. Later, Duncan tries going to see Roger, a therapist that Sarah recommended, but he doesn’t feel comfortable being there and decides to leave. That night, Duncan and Sarah are having dinner with Duncan’s mother Beatrice and her new boyfriend Bobbi, who is Duncan’s age, which makes Duncan uncomfortable when he sees them kissing at the table. Beatrice also invited Dr. Yip, a fertility doctor, to join them for dinner and they proceed to question Duncan and make comments about him being unable to conceive a child and Sarah tries to defend Duncan but Dr. Yip, Beatrice, and Bobbi continue to comment like it is Duncan’s problem. Duncan receives a call from Allistair and after excusing himself from the table, he learns that Allistair had used the toilets in their new office but also used Duncan’s computer and deleted a presentation for the Board of Directors that Duncan had been working on all year. Duncan makes plans to go in to try and fix Allistairs mistake but after getting off the phone, he suffers from some severe gastronomical issues. When he gets home, he and his wife talk briefly before he is forced to go to the bathroom. In the bathroom, he suffers incredible pain and ends up passing out on the floor but while he is unconscious, something leaves the bathroom. The unseen creature heads to Duncan’s job and kills Allistair, then returns back to Duncan’s bathroom. The next morning, Duncan wakes up and as he is drinking some coffee, he sees the news report on Allistair’s death, which is being blamed on a rabid raccoon. Duncan heads into work and Phil tells him that he is still going to have to let some people go, which Duncan reluctantly does. That night, Duncan has a dream where he is getting the surgery to remove the polyp but the polyp turns out to be alive and kills the doctor. Duncan goes to see Roger and tells him about the dream and Roger wants to know ore about it. Roger suggests hypno therapy but while Duncan is asleep, he suddenly starts screaming in pain. As Roger watches, a small, 2 foot goblin emerges from Duncan’s rectum and as Roger reacts in shock, it moves to attack him. Ducan grabs a spear to defend himself and wakes up Duncan and when Duncan sees the creature, he screams out in fear, causing the creature to scream and jump out the window. As Duncan tries to make sense of what happened, Roger explains that the goblin is essentially a physical manifestation of all the stress he has undergone and when he is pushed too far, the creature will emerge and attack the one giving him stress. Duncan feels guilty for being responsible for Allistair’s death and says they have to kill the creature but Roger tells him that it is a part of him and if the mythology he read is correct, the best way to eliminate it is to bond with it, as that will keep it from lashing out irrationally. Meanwhile, the goblin has tracked down and killed Dr. Yip, as he has constantly called Duncan and offered to help him conceive a child with Sarah. When the goblin returns to Roger’s office, Roger convinces Duncan to try and bond with it and Duncan approaches the creature, calling it Milo and seems to calm it down before it heads back into his rectum. The next day, Duncan is told that his largest client’s holding’s have somehow been zeroed out. Duncan goes to check for himself, then goes to see Phil, telling him he hasn’t spoken to the client in 2 weeks and everything was fine when he checked the accounts a few days ago. Phil wants him to transfer the account, and when Duncan tells him that is highly illegal, Phil tells him that he was responsible for the client and what happened under his watch so he best figure out a way to make it right. Duncan leave’s Phil’s office and receives a call from Roger, who tells him about Milo’s latest kill and he tells him to come back to his office so they can figure out what they should do. In Roger’s office, Roger offers some suggestions and when he suggests some role playing, he uncovers some deep resentment that Duncan has for his father and suggests he go see him. Duncan goes to see his dad and talks with him but as they argue, Ducan feels Milo trying to come out and quickly rushes to his dad’s outhouse. Inside, Duncan releases Milo and Milo attempts to leave to kill Duncan’s dad but Duncan stops him and convinces him not to kill his father, calming Milo down by promising it some food when he returns to the office. Duncan heads back to the office and finds federal agents inside the building, seizing all of the company’s computers and records. Duncan goes to find Phil and learns that he had basically embezzled all of the company’s accounts, including the employee’s retirement funds. Realizing that Phil was attempting to get away with his scheme, Duncan willingly lets Milo out to kill him, then reports it as another raccoon attack. Duncan returns home and tells Sarah what happened and as he tries not to stress over it, Sarah tells him that she is pregnant. Duncan gets upset at the news at first, thinking she had somehow tricked him but when she tells him it just happened, he gets stressed out and decides to leave the house in order to keep her safe. Duncan checks into a hotel outside the city and begins to bond even further with Milo but they still have their issues. When he receives a call from Sarah, telling him that she is going to a party at Beatrice’s house and hopes he will join them, Duncan calls his dad and convinces him to meet at Roger’s office. At Roger’s office, Duncan hopes to find out why his father left him but the stress of the answer causes Milo to appear, as well as Ralph, the stress demon of Duncan’s father. Milo begins attacking Ralph and kills it, causing Duncan’s father to suffer severe injuries of his own and when his father tells Duncan that Sarah being pregnant is a good thing, Milo gets angry and rushes from the office. Realizing that Milo is going after Sarah, to prevent another stress demon from being born, Duncan races after Milo, trying to call Sarah and warn her as he runs to his mother’s house, bringing us to the events at the beginning of the movie. After Milo breaks in, Duncan tries to calm him down and tell him that Sarah isn’t there anymore but when Sarah calls out from the basement, Milo gets more enraged. Duncan brandishes a knife and threatens to use it on Milo, as he refuses to let him kill Sarah, but Milo jumps into the drain of the sink, despite Duncan trying to stop him, and emerges from a wash sink in the basement. As Sarah tries to fend off Milo, Duncan uses an axe to smash open the door so he can get in, tackling Milo before he can rip open Sarah’s stomach. Sarah runs outside to where Beatrice and the other party guests are brandishing tiki torches and when Milo manages to slip away from Duncan, they fend it off. Duncan heads outside with the axe and uses it to chop off one of Milo’s arms and both his legs, injuring himself in the process. Sarah goes to check on Duncan and he kisses her, then approaches Milo. Duncan apologizes for wounding him and promises to take him back home. As he picks Milo up and asks Sarah to help him, Beatrice approaches them and apologizes to Duncan for not telling him about his father. Duncan is upset that she knew but says it is ok, but he isn’t going to clean up her bathroom when they are done with it. As Beatrice tends to her shocked guests, Duncan and Sarah take Milo into the bathroom and after Duncan explains everything and why he didn’t kill him, Sarah helps push Milo back into Duncan’s rectum. Month’s later, things seem to be going better in Duncan’s life, as he is doesn’t seem to be under as much stress as he used to be but at a baby shower at Beatrice’s house, Duncan is feeding his father some cake but as Duncan turns to smile at Sarah, his father glares angrily at her, as it is revealed that their unborn son has a demon inside him as well.
This was a pretty entertaining little B-movie but I was honestly expecting a little more from it. The acting was good, with Ken Marino (Duncan) and Gillian Jacobs (Sarah) doing good jobs in their roles. I also loved Patrick Warburton, as his character of Phil was particularly funny to me as it was so different from the roles I normally see him in. The story was interesting, albeit a little bit gross in one aspect of it. I did think the idea of a stress demon was pretty neat, as everyone suffers from stress and the though that someone suffering from soo much stress can actually have that stress become a demon that tries to relieve the host of it’s stress was a good set up for the movie. What I didn’t particularly care for was the way it would enter and exit Duncan, as it basically ended up being a setup for a poop joke with no real punchline. The special effects were decent but nothing real special, though I will say that Milo looked a little bit like a Ghoulie. A fun little movie to watch, poop jokes aside.
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5