Movies that are slightly off.
The Green Slime
The Green Slime are coming!
A giant asteroid is heading toward Earth so some astronauts disembark from a nearby space station to blow it up. The mission is successful, and they return to the station unknowingly bringing back a gooey green substance that mutates into one-eyed tentacled monsters that feed off electricity. Soon the station is crawling with them, and people are being zapped left and right!
Sure, this is a crappy B-movie. It's full of bad acting, terrible writing, and has the worst rubber monsters I've ever seen. But it's a pretty good crappy B-movie.
Directed with flair by Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royal, Black Lizard, Message From Space), this has a lot of things I'm a total sucker for: miniature effects, swingin' chicks in miniskirts, and a sweet garage-psyche title song.
But by anyone's measure The Green Slime is quite a bit of dumb fun. It sets up a nice love triangle between the leads, establishes the scenario with some kitchy space station and outer space sets, and once the action kicks in it's a full board disaster movie with lasers and screaming and the aforementioned ridiculous rubber monsters.
On a side note, I'm eating saag right now. It looks like the green slime in the movie. Not sure what that means.
Green Slime is a movie that's easy to love & easy to fall asleep to. it's got a great 1968 super groovy silver sci fi look, amazing long miniature space effects, rubber monsters up the wazoo... but it often tends to move at a slower then slow pace. still, you can't hate on something with a psychedelic Green Slime theme song and featuring little Japanese kids dressed in space alien suits moving very very slowly down a space hallway.
A silly B-movie that never gets weird enough to be great and was made by a director (Kinji Fukasaku) who was too good at his job to make a hilariously terrible movie, The Green Slime doesn't have much going for it besides the one-eyed rubber tentacle monsters. On the other hand, it has one-eyed rubber tentacle monsters.
So very ridiculous. According to IMDB there is a Japanese cut of the movie that eliminates the love-triangle subplot. That probably would have been a good thing. There is some fun to be had here. Alien monsters. Space ships. Ray guns. Really cheesy special effects. Bad science including fire in outer space. Good times.
That song though. That opening song. It is awesome.
"You'll believe it when you find
Something screaming 'cross your mind
Now hows that for a themesong? This Japanese/American co-production has gotten a lot of bad reviews over the years, some of it welldeserved I suppose, but you cant deny that it is one heck of a fastpaced movie with lots of entertainment.
A meteorite is heading towards Earth and needs to be destroyed so a team of astronauts are sent from the nearby spacestation Gamma 3 to dig some holes, bury a couple of nukes and watch the piece of rock be blown to smithereens. They do their job but manages to take with them some green slime found on the asteroid which grows into oneeyed, tentacled…
The film makes you reevaluate your feelings about Nickelodeon's iconic slime.
1968 Movie Challenge (No. 11 of 100): I saw this BLOB-like piece of dreck two years ago but have absolutely no recollection of it, but it's (unintentionally) a laugh a minute.
i want one of the monsters in my room tho
Kinji Fukasaku earnest but unintentionally goofy sci-fi/action with some enjoyably cheesy model work and monsters to go with the kick-ass theme song. Robert Horton and Richard Jaeckel are decent as the square-jawed hero guys and Luciana Paluzzi is hot as the doctor/love interest caught in between the two spacemen.
Best thing about movie is the theme song. Still a fun movie. Would be good for a Mystery Science Theatre Episode
Campy, kitschy, cool Japanese/American co-production in which a team of astronauts successfully destroys an asteroid before it can collide with Earth. Unfortunately they pick up a nasty alien organism in the process, which multiplies rapidly until it overruns their space station. Lotsa action, cheap looking rubbery monsters and overracting ensue.
This cult classic directed by Kinji Fukasaku ("Virus," "Battle Royale") even has a rockin' theme song!!!
Fukasaku truly had a diverse career as a director, and Green Slime is further proof of how easily he could made a film in any genre. It certainly suffers from some pacing issues, but it has plenty of funky monsters, miniatures, and lasers to keep you interested.
I'm going through an enormously troubling family crisis at the moment. I wanted to watch something really dumb for 90 minutes to get my mind off of all this awful stuff. This movie succeeded.
From Battles Without Honour & Humanity to Tora! Tora! Tora! to Battle Royale, with this little darling somehow sneaking in along the way, nobody can deny that Kinji Fukasaku's career defined the word 'psychotronic'. The Green Slime is like a live-action Thunderbirds episode, though no Gerry Anderson puppet was as freakily intense as Richard Jaeckel here. The theme tune is maybe the greatest theme tune in cinema history. The ending is surprisingly cynical and grim - it was late last night when I watched it, and I was maybe feeling susceptible, but I even maybe suspected it was a tad bit Viet Nam war influenced in its suggestion that the generals send their men into a meat-grinder with a cheery 'thumbs…
This is a blast and you should watch it! Not just because the screenplay was written by Batman co-creator Bill Finger. Or because the aliens look like recycled Ultraman monsters. Or the wobbly Japanese miniatures that leave smoke trails in space. You should watch it because it’s this amazing mix of Japanese production design combined with American bravado. Also, watch it to see a team of astronauts destroy a giant asteroid on a collision course with earth in the first 25 minutes when it took the guys in Armageddon an hour and a half! And it’s just the B-story! But most important of all, watch it to hear the best. damn movie theme song that ever HAS or ever WILL BE sung. Ever!
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