These are films reviewed on the cult movie podcast Junk Food Dinner ( www.junkfooddinner.com/ ).
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.
"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…
Legendary Japanese film-maker Kinji Fukasaku brings his fast and frenetic style to this entertaining sci-fi adventure/horror about a space-station under siege by a horde of duplicating, tentacled cyclops space-monsters!? "WHAT?!!"
Mixed together with sharp, snappy editing, imaginative visuals, and energetic performances, these elements all combine to make this B-movie a joy to behold.
The October Ordeal day #4a: The Green Slime
MGM-produced, Toei-shot The Green Slime is pulpy yet classicist in Kinji Fukasaku's normal style. Co-written by a quartet including the forever uncredited co-creator of Batman, Bill Finger, the film's script is standard creature feature, but in execution The Green Slime is expressive and ambitious. In the scenes leading up to the effects-driven havoc of the film's second half, procedural space exploration sequences lead towards the exhumation of the Green Slime, a muck that will eventually become a battalion of giant monsters. These scenes are composed of several long unbroken takes, shot wide to survey the larger landscape. 2001: A Space Odyssey would have probably screened in Japan by the time production on…
Scientists on earth discover a very large asteroid on a collision course with earth and decide to send a team of their best astronauts to land on the asteroid and blow it up (sound familiar?). The team succeeds on saving the planet but while on the asteroid they unknowingly become contaminated with a green slime. Once back on the space station, the slime grows into creatures that wreak havoc on the crew and threaten to end life as we know it. This is corny 60’s B-movie sci-fi at its finest, the fact that it was made by the Japanese with American actors only increases the goofiness factor, but its pretty entertaining if you’re into this sort of thing.
Hadn't seen this one in over 25 years, and it's still pretty fun even if incredibly stupid.
The film makes you reevaluate your feelings about Nickelodeon's iconic slime.
Amazingly I actually saw this on its release in 1969 so I was curious to take the chance of a second look at it.
As it turns out the first 30 minutes is basically Michael Bay's Armageddon without all the padding. It then moves into familiar Japanese men, or in this case children, in rubber suits wreaking havoc aboard a space station. There's time for a disco sequence and the whole package is capped off with an awful title song.
Cheesy 60's Japanese Sci-Fi alien flick or underground allegory of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, down to 'we had to destroy the village to save it' ending?
Either way, it's wholly entertaining fun for everyone's inner 8 year old. Best watched late at night.
Everything you want from a 60s rubber monster movie: bright colors, cheesy acting, lasers, a few fleeting gore moments that would certainly earn it an R rating today, and, of course, rubber monsters!
But the thing that pushes it to the top of it's genre is its direction. The film fully embraces its comic book aesthetic and knows that while it's never going to be scary, it can imbue the creatures with as much dread as possible using chaotic movement and lots of anamorphic lens flairs. The camera feels strangely modern. There's lots of Spielbergien dynamic staging and the camera movements seem rather energetic for the genre. Imagine my surprise when I realized that not only did this director manage…
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this film. It kind of reminded me of It! The Terror From Beyond Space and Alien, but it was much more fun than either.
Just watched this earlier today, if you're looking for a film with a killer theme song and goofy looking aliens then this one is for you. Everyone has perfect hair and all the ladies are dressed in their finest swinging sixties attire. Watch poorly made miniatures fly through space, explode and burst into flames!
You'd be wrong if you were to say a certain other space film from the same year was more fun...
Well, the theme song is both completely inappropriate and completely groovy.
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