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THE GREEN SLIME - 3 Slimes
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?
  • 64 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A FLASHLIGHT!
  • 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 

FileDialog
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...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.

 Click for a larger imageIMAGESScenes from the movie 

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Video Clipgreenslime1.mpg - 2.6m
Green slime monster running amok!

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Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Stagmom
My sister took me to see this movie when I was 5 (she was 9.)  Where were our parents???   I freaked out and the manager had to carry me out of the theatre.   The Green Slime has a special place in our family's "Do You Remember the Time...?"    That theatre manager was still there over 20 years later when I went home to Attleboro Massachusetts and saw a movie at The Union Theatre.   Oh, another memory.  They sold ice cream cones that were completely flat on top and covered with wax paper.  The ice cream was only inside the waffle cone, not extending up so that you could stack them I guess.  No one seems to remember these except my family members!
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Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by AlphaWoolf
The first time I saw this movie as a kid, my family was staying at a Howard Johnson's motel in Orlando, Florida.  Yep, we were spending the week at Disney World (this was when what is now Epcot Center was just swamp).  I don't know how I managed it, but I stayed up late watching this on TV in the darkend room while my family slept.  TGS scared the crap out of me!  Among my many fond memories of that vacation, watching The Green Slime that night in the dark is one my favorites.  Great entertainment today, too.
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Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Michael
30th July 2003 and I have just seen this film for the first time.

What an awful film, so bad I just had to keep on watching it. It brought many smiles to my face.

.. and I was nearly late for work !!!

They do not make them like that anymore :)
The Green Slime
Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by ratty
Strange isn't it to be typing a search at 3:19 am  for a memory.  I remembered  the girls at  the British boarding school  where I stayed in one of the cottages named their caped uniforms "green slimes" after the movie. They would run around the marsh in front of the cottage making strange noises and scaring the sheep.
This was in the late 1960's when nearly everyone was behaving erraticly.  I loved those movies.  The very cheesiness of them is more convincing than all the new effects invented since.  It is the symbol of the thing, rather than the real thing that frightens.  The first scary movie I saw that had me climb into my parents bed (they made me go to my room iimmediately as I was 13)was called 'The Tingler'.  The story was when you saw the movie ,  they had wired all the theatre seats with electricity. .but it wasn't true. I saw this movie with a boy who was trying to put his arm on my shoulder. I think I nearly broke his nose when I felt this creeping thing on the back of the seat!!!!
The tingler looked like an animated shellless lobster and it moved like a turtle was hauling it on its back. Still I totally freaked!!!  
The Green Slime
Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by kjw
You'll go out of your mind with Green Slime.What a great psychedelic song for it's time.From 1969 as well.This is a poor man's version of The Blob basically.Only they don't stay blobs.They turn into what I call half Octaman and half Octopus.Not bad for a Japanese sci fier.Probably the best sci fier out of Japan,seeing how I hate all other sci fi movies that were either filmed in Japan,and or have Japanese actors in them.I don't like the dubbing.

But since this movie made up for what most Japanese horror and sci fi movies don't,which was having all american actors in this film.The dubbing in this one isn't half as bad as most Japanese movies.The only other good horror movie from Japan which starred mostly all amercian actors that I enjoy watching is The Manster.

But I enjoy this movie a little more,because it has the lovely and busty Luciana Paluzzi in it.The monsters aren't half as pretty as her.He he only kidding.
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Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by John W. FreemanJr.
"The Green Slime,"...a nostalgic blast from the past,but as a young child it seemed real at the time and certainly not campy.By today's standards one can certainly laugh out loud,..but technology at that time did not allow for Spielberg or a Lucas.Images of this movie still in my head at 47,...gee how time flys.
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Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by R.P.GEMMELL
What a piece of junk! I had this film taped from TCM and at first I liked it a lot but now it's a tad off. You get lasers that run out, what the hell?! Also you get models that look like toys. Even so I say that it is not the model makers or the crew's fault, it's the low budget. '2001:A Space Odyssey' made in the same year is well better. Compared to the director's other films such as 'Tora!Tora!Tora!' (1970), 'Shogun's Samurai' (Yagyu Ichizoku No Inbo) (1978), 'Message From Space' (Uchu Kara No Messeji) (1978), 'Virus' (Fukkatsu No Hi) (1980), 'Legend Of The Eight Samurai' (Satomi Hakkenden) (1984), 'Battle Royale' (Batoru Rouiaru) (2001) and many other movies this is just a poor chopsocky that would have benefitted from a higher budget. Even though it is poor it still wouldn't be fair to call it a total mess as we have got to take into consideration that possibly even worse quickies were made at the time.

MY RATING: 4 1/2 OUT OF 10
The Green Slime
Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by annie
Our local theater was running an afternoon showing of 101 Dalmations.  A parent drove all the kids in our neighborhood to the movies, dropped us off and left.  Only problem was, they showed Green Slime instead.  I was the oldest of the bunch, maybe 8 or 9.  I remember trying to be brave as the little kids huddled around me for protection.  I watched Green Slime with one kid hiding her head behind my back and another kid under my chair.  Green Slime left a lasting impression on me.  

thanks for the memories and especailly the video clip...doesn't seem quite so scary anymore.
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