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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 #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Ben
memories of this film come to me like a dream,bits and parts scattered around in my brain.But one thing i will never forget(i was 5 or 6 and this is probably one of my very first sf /horror flicks)is the sound of the monsters!!!IT REALLY SCARED THE BEJEESUS OUT OF ME!!
I was so happy to have a bit of video with that sound.I will rent this soon!!
The Green Slime
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Don Mills
I saw this movie when it was first released (I was 22) and have never seen it since, but it has remained etched in my memory as a classic.  I laughed all the way through it (I was a long-established reader of sophisticated science fiction by then), and have mentioned it to many people in the years since.  And that theme song reverberates in my head ...

Reminds me of the current jokes about the bombing of Afghanistan and bin Laden.  "Laughter and tears, how allied.  What thin partitions comedy from tragedy divide."
The Green Slime
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Mark
hey dudes and ladies,

I saw this for the first time in 1978, when I wuz 8 (do the math, but keep reading).

My mom had us over every weekend for visitation, so naturally I was free to stay up late.  This movie came on at about midnite, when I was so tired i was expending effort just to keep awake.

I found it very entertaining, but my older sister kept laughing at it and pointing out the obvious flaws in it that have been beaten into dead horse fertilizer...but...

am I the only one that spotted the microphone following a crowd of people running?

Then I saw it about 13 years later as I languished for two weeks in jail for an unpaid fines.  There was almost a riot because I wanted to see this movie, while another big man wanted to see the "smells like teen spirit" nirvana video that MTV was playing over and over at the time.  his grandma came to visit him right when the movie was startin, so, lucky me.  They just tore it limb for limb, while I pulled a pillow over my ears and tried to pretend I was still that little kid eating co co puffs at midnite in front of the tv, back when we didn't have cable.

Think i'll got get a second mortgage on my house so i can hire a private investigator to hunt down a VHS copy of this movie for me, it was THAT great!  Oh yeah.  But even as a child i was disgusted with the miniature models in the movie.  Wasn't that movie made with the kind of budget that would have allowed them to contract NASA to fire off a few real rockets and satellites for the take?  

Written with your scathing review of my review in mind, I am

The Green Slime
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Luis Interiano
I first saw "The Green Slime" on the Sunday Morning Movie show put on by my local TV station that specialized in low-budget horror flicks- Channel 26- purveyors of "The Crawling Eye" and "Attack of the Mushroom People." This last is, imho, THE best Japanese monster movie bar none ("Akiko!....") but "The Green Slime" comes in a close second and is unusual in that the entire cast is Western but the director is Japanese. All these guys and gals must have been in Japan filming commercials and had nothing to do one long weekend because that's about how long it must have taken to lens this movie. But it is tragi-comic horror-sci-fi. You'll remember this one long after you've forgotten others. And the theme song is the coolest ever made for a monster movie. It rocks even more than "The Munsters" theme. As a kid I stayed up past midnight one night when the movie was due to come on, just to tape record it with a microphone held up to the TV. If you want to download it, click or paste this link:
Enjoy,  Luis Interiano, New Orleans
The Green Slime
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Swamprat
I'm eleven years old. I'm sitting in the front row of the balcony in the old Miner's Theater. In the front row down on the first floor hippie chicks are dancing like crazy to that theme song. That five minutes or so was better than the space opera garbage my older sister had paid the seventy-five cents apiece for us to see. It's hard to tell if it gets worse on TV or better. Remember the little rubber finger puppets. Jiggly little rubber stumps with big white eyeballs' You shoved your finger up thier kazoos and went running around the yard enjoying "Hours of fun and entertainment." They told us was printed right on the card. I don't know who stole the monsters from who but anyone who has seen this movie and remembers those rubber puppets knows there had to be a connection somewhere. Richard Jackel was a fine charecter actor through most of his career...I have no idea what he was doing here...and judging by his performance, I don't think he knew either. The lead chick and the commander dude are much creepier than the giant finger puppets running amuck through the space station. Blood? Or ketchup? Electro ooze, industrial anti-bacterial soap, of vomit? Why does the laser rifles look like some kind of rear axle from an early  Japanese made car? The "frightening" sound the slime critters make just annoys the hell outta me. It's like listening to your own breathing through congested lungs while trying to sleep off a heavy cold. Awful can't do this one justice...and though foul language would certainly help me feel better about it, it still wouldn't help the rotten movie any. If you run across this thing late at night give it a shot and try to see the humor. But don't rent it! Don't even waste a freebe or a coupon on it. Don't talk a friend into getting it for a bad movie party...he may try to get even with you the next time around and talk you into renting a copy of Xanadu. Now that one takes creepy to a different dimension.
The Green Slime
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Tman
Wow, I was just sitting in front of my screen and found myslf singing the 'if you don't believe it now - you'll believe it when you're dead... Green Slime!" tune. And I was 12 years old when I watched the thing! So I did a search on Google and BAM... I found your page. This brings back good old memories of my movie watching days as a kid with my running buddies. Wierder things have happened.
The Green Slime
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Bob
I have to agree with the guy who said that "Attack of the Mushroom People" was the best Japanese horror flick and "Green Slime" second.  [Yours truely got up at 2:30 AM to record the former off TV since that was the only time they were showing it and hasn't been seen on TV since.]  Luckily "Green Slime" aired at 3:00 PM and wasn't such a red-eye event.  Even got my dad to cut commercials for me until I could get home from school.  That was back in '85.  I treasure that particular tape, and still have it.  Anyway, despite some pretty bad models and some (at best) mediocre acting, it's not that bad a movie.  The plot is believable and interesting.  An observation I made is that everything they did to get rid of the creatures made the problem WORSE!  They should have just let the first one roam around and give it a pet name or something.  :)  How about "Sparky"?   heh...
The Green Slime
Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Charles "Sandy"
The Green Slime was filmed in Japan when I was in high school and I and some of my friends were extras in the movie. We were the young american nurses and crew members. We would leave the Air base and go to the filming getting a few bucks and seeing the "movie stars" up close.  It was fun to see the film and friends after all the years.  
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