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.
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.
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.
"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.
Thunderbirds meets Gremlins ...in my dreams
This visuals in this movie completely deliver on the promise of the movie poster -- the miniature models used for the effects, the ridiculous rubber monsters, the astronaut spacesuits -- and Luciana Paluzzi, who is breathtaking. There's even a plot (the first act of which was lifted for Michael Bay's "Armageddon") but the script is so dull and the acting is so one-dimensional, it's challenging to stick with with.
A '60s Japanese sci-fi rubber-suit tiny-models movie made with an American cast, entirely in English. Ahead of it's time but dragged down by the lack of real conflict and a sympathetic protagonist. Contains possibly the greatest theme song of all time.
Yes, I did give this film 4 stars. Yes, I know it is cheesy as hell, laughable dialogue and acting, but damn if those monsters aren't cool as hell!!!! This is one of my childhood favorites and just love watching it every single time. And getting to see it in a theater, even though it was DVD projection, it was still a great time.
Sluggish pacing - but some nice art direction and a decent script, minus some clunky clunky dialogue.
While dated by today's standards this 60's sci-fi film captured the imagination of kids everywhere in the 60s and 70s. It's now been relegated to something approaching a cult classic, which it truly deserves. The plot moves along at a pretty good place and they did a good job with the special effects, particularly considering what they had to work with at the time.
This is the real deal. If you need to know what a campy 1960s space monster movie looks like, this is it.
amazing opening, one million stars. sadly falls into semi-seriousness at the end.
"THE ONLY ANSWER IS TO BLAST THAT THING OUT OF THE SKY."
[examining a charred corpse from which smoke is still rising]
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