Slotherhouse: When Cuteness Turns Deadly

Alpha (The Sloth). Courtesy of Gravitas Ventures

Author: Jorge Perez

We’ve all seen videos of the adorable and incredibly slow-moving creatures known as sloths. With a top speed of 0.17 mph (when threatened), they’re hardly the stuff of nightmares. But the movie Slotherhouse challenges this perception in a thrilling way.

Emily Young, played by Lisa Ambalavanar, is a college senior in the sorority Sigma Lambda Theta. As she gears up to run for president in her final year, she acquires a sloth from an exotic pet seller, hoping it will boost her popularity. After a chat about betas and alphas with her friend and sorority sister, Zenny (Bianca Beckles-Rose), the sloth is aptly named Alpha. But as Emily’s popularity begins to soar with her new pet, a series of murders around the house point to Alpha as the prime suspect.

Directed by Matthew Goodhue and penned by Bradley Fowler and Cady Lanigan, Slotherhouse offers a unique tale of a killer sloth. The film uses practical effects to give Alpha a simultaneously cute and sinister appearance. If you’re expecting a purely serious horror film, think again. SPOILER ALERT: There are scenes, such as Zenny battling Alpha with a sword or even Alpha taking a drive, that add a comedic touch. END SPOILER.

With its diverse cast and engaging storyline, Slotherhouse is a horror-comedy that stands out. Notably, the film doesn’t adhere strictly to the “final girl” trope, offering a fresh take on horror conventions.

Slotherhouse is hitting theaters today, August 30, 2023, in New York and Los Angeles.

Have you seen Slotherhouse? Share your thoughts and join the conversation about this unique horror-comedy twist!


Senior Emily Young wants to be elected sorority president. She adopts a cute sloth, thinking it will help her win, but a string of fatalities implicates the sloth.

Left to Right: Gabby (played by Milica Vrzić), Brianna (Sydney Craven), and Chloe (Grace Patterson). Courtesy of Gravitas Ventures

 New York Theaters

AMC 34th Street 14
312 West 34th Street

AMC Empire 25
234 W 42nd St

AMC Kips Bay 15
570 Second Avenue

AMC Lincoln Square 12
1998 Broadway 68th Street

AMC Orpheum 7
1538 Third Avenue

Village East Cinemas New York 7
181 Second Avenue 12 Street

Regal E-Walk New York 13
247 W 42nd St

Regal Essex Crossing 14 & RPX
115 Delancey St

Regal Union Square Stadium New York 14
850 Broadway

Tyler (Andrew Horton). Courtesy of Gravitas Ventures

Los Angeles Theaters

AMC Grove 14
189 The Grove Dr

Regal LA Live Stadium Los Angeles 14
1000 W Olympic Blvd #697

You can find additional theaters nationwide HERE

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