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Rated G
Copyright 1968 Metro Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Commander Jack Rankin - This guy wouldn't stop smiling if a rabid weasel was in his shorts; he would just grin and give you a thumbs up.
  • Commander Vince Elliott - In charge of the space station and not very happy Rankin is senior to him. A rash man who gives one Green Slime a hug. (That means he dies.)
  • Lisa Benson - Woman torn between loving Rankin and Elliott.
  • Dr. Halvorsen - Head researcher aboard the space station, he gets seriously fried.
  • General Jonathan Thompson - Gruff senior officer, his main role in this movie is sweating.
  • Captain Martin - Elliott's right hand man, for some reason he looks natural in a white motorcycle helmet.
  • The Green Slime - Alien life form which feeds on energy and even a single drop of blood can regenerate into new creatures. Incinerated.

The Plot: 

Packing more goofy models and props than most Godzilla films comes this lovely piece of b-cinema.

I still want to know who starched Commander Rankin's face while he was smiling, either the guy is a loon or he's on some serious happy pills. Prozac boy gets things done though; when you have a rogue asteroid hurtling toward Earth he's the man to call. (Not Bruce Willis, mind you.)

When the astronauts land to place their bombs they find the asteroid is inhabited by strange blobs of glowing slime that are drawn to the equipment. After blasting off and barely escaping the massive explosion (Imagine an orange and brown papier mache' ball with half a stick of dynamite inside and you're golden.) the heroes return to Space Station Gamma 3.

Unfortunately, for everyone, some of the slime was carried back on a space suit. It soon evolves into a tentacled creature! So the thing kinda looks like Sigmund the Sea Monster - he never fried anyone with several thousand volts of electricity. (Yes, I know it's the amps that get you.) This gives a nice excuse for Elliott and Rankin to have a power struggle over who is in charge, the latter a firm believer in "shoot first ask questions later."

Another unfortunate fact about Green Slime: even a single drop of blood will grow into a new monster. So now you have dozens of pissed off Sigmunds running around electrocuting the crew, good job Rankin.

In the end humanity is saved by crashing Gamma 3 into Earth's atmosphere, incinerating the Green Slime. Thank goodness something stopped them besides THROWING your laser rifle. The characters often unload at point blank range without effect. Soon as they throw the weapon it goes right through the monster's eye. Even if you don't like watching "spacemen" wearing white 1960's police motorcycle helmets firing "laser guns" at waddling masses of latex monsters you have to love the title song.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Asteroids look like a Gobstopper which has been under the refrigerator for ten years.
  • Movies are less interesting from a phone's objective.
  • Pulsing green muck plays heck with interstellar golf carts.
  • People can stand up and walk around while experiencing ten G's.
  • Never let a bitter exgirlfriend tend your wound.
  • Alien life is best represented by green soap suds.
  • Space station security guards wear white motorcycle helmets with a little space symbol on them.
  • Golf carts are not four wheel drive.
  • Laser rifles work better as spears.
  • Never hug an ungrounded Green Slime.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 2 mins - Nice miniatures, ahm.
  • 13 mins - For some reason this scene is making me horny.
  • 25 mins - Bad dubbing!
  • 48 mins - White motorcycle helmets?
  • 70 mins - The explosion took out half of the model space station, but not that flimsy door?
  • 75 mins - Elliott could use some boxing lessons.
  • 83 mins - Jack, I'm going to kick your smiling self in the testicles. What do you think of that?

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note greenslime1.wav Elliott: "Now, since that's the way it is, let's be sure that's the way it is, huh?"
Green Music Note greenslime2.wav Rankin: "You're making a big mistake Lisa. You don't love Vince - you pity him."
Lisa: "I'm very happy with him."
Rankin: "You're lying, you love me."
Green Music Note greenslime3.wav Rankin: "What a minute. You mean this stuff reproduced itself inside the decontamination chamber and then as we stepped up the current it just grew?"
Dr. Halvorsen: "Precisly!"
Green Music Note greenslime4.wav The sound a Green Slime makes.
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Green slime monster running amok!

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The Green Slime
Reply #1. Posted on July 14, 1999, 12:00:44 AM by
I watched this movie when I was about 8 or so.  The first time my mother brother and I tried to watch it somebody had made a loop and kept playing "the green slime" over and over for four hours.  We finally saw it later and I guess my youth and the fact we waited so long to see it made it a fair movie.  By todays standards it is pitiful by the standards of the time it came out it was a b-movie.
The Green Slime
Reply #2. Posted on July 22, 1999, 08:48:29 PM by
I was 4 when this flick came out.  I remember my family going, with my 2 year old sister.  She was very scared of the monster, which I used to my advantage later, heh :)  It is the first film I remember watching.
The Green Slime
Reply #3. Posted on March 06, 2000, 11:49:47 AM by
It was about twenty years or so after its release before I finally had "The Experience". My friends and I made a drinking game out of it. Everytime someone says "right" "allright" or"yessir", you take a drink. Three people can easily go through one case of beer per one viewing. I wish the soundtrack was available 'cause it freakin' rocks! Notice when Commander Rankin gets on the elevator to the rocket at the beginning of the movie.Notice the guy that goes in with him.Notice the expression on his face as he gets in behind Rankin.He's just a little too happy. When they come out, what does Rankin say? "Will see about that promotion" .Maybe a little action goin' on behind the elevator?!? I think my grandfather had a clock like the one that set off the bomb!
The Green Slime
Reply #4. Posted on May 24, 2000, 08:52:14 PM by barry
I first saw this movie when I was 15. Friends said it was awful; I thought it was pretty good! Then I bought it on video 20 yrs. later and it IS awful! But does anybody who's
ever heard the Attilio Mineo album Man"In Space With Sounds"
recognize the sountrack when the plastic model spaceship with lit sparklers in the tail is rushing away from the
paper  -mache asteroid dangling by a wire during the exciting climax? And there's no credit given! For the second viewing this was the highlight.
The Green Slime
Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by steve
I was just a kid when the local theater began handing out little metal badges, stickers, and even rubber "green slimes" all proclaiming that "The Green slime is coming" weeks before the flick showed up. My friends and I were stoked to say the least. And then it arrive, and were we disappointed? Hell no, it was great fun. Plenty of space ships, rayguns and monsters! Man, it was a more innocent time then, I tell you! Not to mention it was on as a double feature with a Chris Lee "Fu Manchu" flick that opened with a big guy chopping off someones head with an axe!Man, those were the days.....I have it on video and I think I will go put it on right now!
The Green Slime
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Joseph Palermo
My father has a bit role in this movie.  He's the guy when asked by the commander of UNSC Central, "Have you got that course figured out?"  and MY DAD replies, "Here it is, sir!"

They got most of the actors from Tachikawa AFB, Tokyo!  My dad and several other Air Force personnel were signed up to fill in for the several monitors that needed to be watched! I have 3 copies of this movie--one that was even hosted by Grandpa on TBS Scary Saturday.  Now that is a dedicated son, eh?

The Green Slime
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Abbodon
The Green Slime was the first monster film that really stands out in my childhood memories (from the 1960s), what I recall most clearly is the creatures being prominently displayed on the cover of Famous Monsters Of Filmland, a required reading as part of growing up in 60s America itself.    It was the first issue of that magazine my mother refused to buy for me, subsequently my whining and wheedling got here to take me later that week to see the movie at our local drive-in, of course it was paired up with another 'rubber monster' b-movie of which's title I have forgotten.
     One last note to this story is the scene in the concession stand between films when I discovered a huge (well,larger than child-sized me at the time) stand-up lobby poster with a near life-sized Green Slime monster, this was going home with me so off I carried it to the car, the theater manager just smiled and nodded, my mother had other ideas, so with a slightly stinging butt I watched the second feature pinning over my lost treasure.
The Green Slime
Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by John Page
"The Green Slime" is one of those movies that must of seemed  like a good idea at the time. Toyko must wonder what happened to the money they spent on effects.                     I still think it's a great way to kill 90min. How can you not like a movie who's star is a wax figure!! Luckly all the other bad effects,bad acting,& the last word in 60's theme songs(have airsick bag handy!!) help take some of the sting of the wax mans acting! Sit down drink up or light up and have a good time!!!!
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