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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.

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

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Re: The Green Slime
Reply #41. Posted on October 10, 2008, 09:55:10 AM by vanightwolf
So many bad movies feature such GREAT music. Who WAS the singer of "The Green Slime"? A guy named Charles Fox is credited with the film's music, but was he the one who actually SANG that song? I heard the song was released as a 45-single around '68 or '69.
Re: The Green Slime
Reply #42. Posted on October 16, 2008, 10:53:16 AM by vanightwolf
By the way, the shooting script for "The Green Slime" was based on a screenplay by Renato Moretti and Ivan Reiner (or Reitner), who brought us the Italian baddie "Wild Wild Planet" as well as several other Z-grade sci-fiers. It seems they couldn't raise the money in Italy to make it, so they sold it to producers in Japan, and the rest is bad-movie history. At least the laser-guns in "Green Slime" aren't poorly disguised propane-torches.
Re: The Green Slime
Reply #43. Posted on March 14, 2009, 10:56:29 PM by Ometiklan
Just finished watching this little gem...
Now... Not only is Rankin the hero of this film but.
He is also the jackass that caused the whole problem in the first place!
By smashing Dr.Halverson's sample onto A rock while they were still on the asteroid.
This idiot splashed some of the green slime onto His spacesuit.
Unknowingly bringing it back to Gamma 3!

Wonder if that was in His final report.

Still A fun movie though!

9/10 stars..
Re: The Green Slime
Reply #44. Posted on March 16, 2009, 05:57:53 PM by Flangepart
Also...
When going to light speed to out run an anti-matter blast...turn on the force fields BEFORE you go to 10 Gees! idiot!
Re: The Green Slime
Reply #45. Posted on May 18, 2010, 04:33:47 PM by Max Brandt
I remember this cheese ball movie, watched it many moons ago I think on Commander USA's Groovie Movies. Them were the days! I also believe The Green Slime was one of the first b-grade movies mocked on MST3k.

I'm surprised the Beastie Boys haven't found a way to incorporate the silly monsters into one of their videoes.
Re: The Green Slime
Reply #46. Posted on May 21, 2010, 10:26:00 PM by Anonymous
I think both this and Message from Space might possibly be Kinji (Battle Royale)Fukasaku's weakest movies, his other movies are a lot better than this and he kind of drops the ball for these two movies. He drops more in The Green Slime than in Message from Space (Message from space has a goofy charm that keeps it from being unlikeable  regardless of the star wars rip off).
Re: The Green Slime
Reply #47. Posted on August 22, 2010, 08:37:46 AM by Alrx
I'm actually pretty cool with this film. Cheesey rubber slime monsters, yes, but pretty good film overall. I love the theme song to this movie. GREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN SLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. :P

So, overall, I'm cool with this film, and I ceartainly hope the Mst3k pilot version of this film, even though already on YouTube, will be released on DVD one day. :)
Re: The Green Slime
Reply #48. Posted on January 26, 2011, 10:17:24 PM by BadIsGood
This movie once saved me fromn food posioning. Four of us were on a day-hike trip in northern New Mexico, we had dinner in some tasty Mexican hole-in-wall and then watched this movie with a case of beer. It quickly became a drinking game for all but one of us who did not partake and, alas, spent the next day with buzzards circling over him. The rest of us were fine thanks to this top notch drinking movie.

It's got everything: hammy acting, awful special effects, preposterous aliens, goofy plot. We still joke about it to this day. OUr favorite "bring in the net gun", standard gear for any space station one presumes. And the two bozos on the light cart are a hoot: every few seconds one would point his light forward, the other backwards and thn they would switch for no discernibl purpose except to cause us to drink some more.

Well worth it; this is my favorite so-bad-its-good movie.

 Cheers
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