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Rated G
Copyright 1968 Metro Goldwyn-Mayer.
Reviewed by Demian, Denyse Mercer, and Jode Carrasco on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Jack Rankin - Our hero, with an ego almost as big as his disturbingly shaped head. He does lots of rolly, jumpy things and is a take-charge kind of guy.
  • Vince Elliott - Sort of like Jack, only nicer and less efficient. He gets hugged to death by a slime monster.
  • Lisa - Vince's Russian (?) fiance', except that she probably ends up with Jack because he's the hero and Vince dies.
  • Doctor Hans Halverson - What slime monster film would be complete without a stupid doctor who wants to save the creature in the name of science? This is that fellow, and he pays for his nonviolence.
  • Michaels - The expendable ensign type guy of the film, he gets fried pretty early on.
  • The Slime Monsters - One-eyed, two-tentacled electrical creatures which can regrow from their own blood! Rather cute in a way.

The Plot: 

Oh no! An asteroid is heading for Earth and only a brave team of space heroes can save the world! Sadly, when these heroes land on the asteroid to place charges, one of them gets a bit of something green stuck to his knee. Once the Earth is saved and our heroes return to a space station, this little bit of something green grows into a slime monster capable of rapid reproduction from its own blood! Soon it gets shot, its blood reproduces, and there are lots and lots of fierce wee beasties running around killing people. Eventually, though, the hero decides "screw it, let's just blow everything up." So he does, and everyone (well, everyone alive) lives happily ever after.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Knee hygiene is very important.
  • Never save the life of a strange alien creature.
  • In fact, trying to save any kind of life always ends in tragedy.
  • While laser guns don't stop alien creatures, hospital beds and flashlights do.
  • Guns are most effective when thrown like spears.
  • The future is absolutely filled with phallic symbols.
  • The future also doesn't look much different from the 60s.
  • The future is very well lit.
  • Space stations blow up real good.
  • Smoke rises in space.
  • A movie involving slime isn't complete without a cheesy song (see also The Blob).

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 4 mins - Nice picture!
  • 8 mins - That rocket has a nipple.
  • 12 mins - Oh my. This docking scene is too disturbing.
  • 18 mins - Golf carts!
  • 25 mins - What's that smoke poof doing up there?
  • 28 mins - Oh yeah, futuristic dancing.
  • 35 mins - That's not very green...
  • 40 mins - It's gone from green slime to red lobster.
  • 48 mins - Ooh! Amoeba porn!
  • 52 mins - Eat bed, slime beast!
  • 62 mins - Eat flashlight, slime beast!
  • 67 mins - Ha! They hit him with a golf cart!
  • 69 mins - Kerplowie!
  • 77 mins - Up, up, and away!
  • 79 mins - He threw his gun and KILLED SOMETHING!
  • 84 mins - It happened again! WOOHOO!

 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.

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

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The Green Slime
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!
The Green Slime
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.
The Green Slime
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.
The Green Slime
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.
The Green Slime
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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