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Bad Milo! is a 2013 American horror comedy film written by Jacob Vaughan and Benjamin Hayes and directed by Jacob Vaughan. The film stars Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Peter Stormare, Stephen Root, Mary Kay Place, and Patrick Warburton. The film had its world premiere at SXSW on March 10, 2013,[1] and was released on video on demand on August 29, 2013, prior to being released in a limited release on October 4, 2013, by Magnet Releasing.[2]

Bad Milo!
Bad Milo! Theatrical Poster.jpg
Directed byJacob Vaughan
Produced byGabriel Cowan
Adele Romanski
John Suits
Written byBenjamin Hayes
Jacob Vaughan
StarringKen Marino
Peter Stormare
Gillian Jacobs
Stephen Root
Mary Kay Place
Patrick Warburton
Music byTed Masur
CinematographyJames Laxton
Edited byDavid Nordstrom
New Artists Alliance
Floren Shieh Productions
Duplass Brothers Productions
Distributed byMagnet Releasing
Release date
  • March 10, 2013 (2013-03-10) (SXSWl)
  • October 4, 2013 (2013-10-04) (United States)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States



A man named Duncan lives with his wife, Sarah, who worries about his constant stress. One day, he schedules an appointment with a gastroenterologist after experiencing a rather serious level of gastric stress the night before. During the appointment, the doctor and nurse spot a large "polyp" in his intestinal tract. After seeing a large amount of stress at a very fast pace from work with his boss placing him in charge of releasing employees to home, where a man his age is in a relationship with his mother and his wife is making him see a very eccentric therapist who keeps asking about his father issues, something unusual happens. The polyp forms into a 2-foot-tall sentient being, and begins killing each person the creature sees as a source of stress with each day. The local news counts the attacks as the result of a local rabid raccoon.

Duncan's therapist informs him that the creature is the living manifestation of his life's stress built up over time, and that mythology of this type of being states that the best way to eliminate it is to bond with it so it doesn't act so irrationally. To that effort, Duncan names this strange and unusual anal-dwelling creature Milo.

First, Milo kills his co-worker, then the E.D. doctor he didn't need, yet who wouldn't stop calling him. Soon enough, Milo kills Duncan's boss in an elevator during an Federal investigation at his office building. When it finally attacks his father, who apparently had a being of the same species, and begins killing the other being, Duncan loses his grip and moves Milo and himself to a hotel room far away and someplace safe. This doesn't work, much as it seems to at the outset and Milo tracks Sarah down to her house party where a violent battle ensues between Duncan and Milo. Ultimately Duncan dismembers Milo's left arm and legs, and finally saves its life, vowing to never ignore Milo's important influence and make amends with Milo, successfully doing so before Sarah reinserts Milo back up his rear end.

Ultimately Milo's bloodline is discovered to be carried on through Duncan's unborn son, the embryo of the new creature being seen in the system of the unborn foetus.



The film had its world premiere at the SXSW film festival on March 10, 2013.[1] Shortly after it was announced Magnet Releasing had acquired distribution rights to the film.[3] The film went on to screen at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival on June 29, 2013.[4] The film was released on August 29, 2013, through video on demand, before being released in a limited release on October 4, 2013.[2]


The film currently holding a 60% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes; the consensus states: "Bad Milo! sets some deliriously low expectations with its gross premise – and then manages to match most of them in sick, entertaining style."[5]


  1. ^ a b John DeFore. "Milo: SXSW Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Bad Milo! & VOD hope for Genre Indies". Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  3. ^ Gregg Kilday. "SXSW: Magnet Picks Up Horror/Comedy 'Milo,' About a Murderous Demon". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  4. ^ "Bad Milo". Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  5. ^ "Bad Milo!". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved February 25, 2014.

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