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The Green Slime (1968)

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After destroying a giant asteroid heading towards Earth, a group of scientists unknowingly bring back a strange green substance that soon mutates into a monster.

Director:

Kinji Fukasaku

Writers:

Bill Finger (screenplay) (as William Finger), Ivan Reiner (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Horton ... Commander Jack Rankin
Luciana Paluzzi ... Dr. Lisa Benson
Richard Jaeckel ... Commander Vince Elliott
Bud Widom Bud Widom ... General Jonathan B. Thompson
Ted Gunther Ted Gunther ... Dr. Hans Halvorsen
David Yorston David Yorston ... Lt. Curtis
Robert Dunham Robert Dunham ... Capt. Martin
Gary Randolf Gary Randolf ... Cordier
Jack Morris Jack Morris ... Lt. Morris, Rocket Pilot
Eugene Vince Eugene Vince ... Technician
Don Plante Don Plante ... Technician
Linda Hardisty Linda Hardisty ... Nurse
Richard Hylland Richard Hylland ... Michaels
Kathy Horan Kathy Horan ... Nurse
Ann Ault Ann Ault ... Nurse
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Storyline

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! Written by Humberto Amador

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The Green Slime is coming!! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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According to the label on the promotional 45 rpm single issued by MGM Records, the theme song for the movie was written by Sherry Gaden. Randy Nauert performed on "The Green Slime Theme Song". Nauert said, "When I got back from India in 1968, our drummer, Richard Delvy was working for MGM and asked me to play sitar on this song. I can still play my part. Rick Lancelot (later with Skyoats and then Frank Zappa) is singing lead. Rob Edwards, who I'd played with since high school, is on guitar. The Theremin player is the same on the Beach Boys song "Good Vibrations". (Electro-Theremin, played by Paul Tanner). It was a long stormy night. After the session I crashed my '63 Porsche at the bottom turn, heading West on Sunset Blvd. at UCLA and Marymount." See more »

Goofs

Although the asteroid Flora appears not to have an atmosphere, both billowing rocket smoke and liquid water are present, indicating air pressure. However, smoke shouldn't billow as shown in the movie when the rockets are used in the airless vacuum space. See more »

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Lisa Benson: Jack, do you realize that this is the first time that anything living has been found in space? Do you know how terribly important that is?
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Alternate Versions

Although "The Green Slime" was released in the U.S. as a 90 minute version, director Kinji Fukasaku and his editor prepared a much more tightly edited 77 minute version (called "Gamma III: Big Military Space Operation") for release in Japan. This "Japanese" version eliminates the Robert Horton/Richard Jaeckel/Luciana Paluzzi relationship triangle, and is much more "militaristic" in tone. Several scenes are edited differently, additional alternate music cues are used (which are less "sci-fi" sounding than the "Amercian" version), and the rock and roll theme song is omitted entirely (replaced by a military march theme). The ending before the credit roll has additional scenes inserted with Paluzzi and Jaeckel, which change the tone of the ending from optimistic to downbeat. See more »

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Referenced in Micro-Shocks: Take Out (2018) See more »

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Music Written, Orchestrated and Conducted by John Scott
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A movie too funny to be an accident!
4 November 2001 | by Bruce_CookSee all my reviews

There isn't a single Japanese actor in this big-budget Japanese produced sci-fi drama, but the special effects are a dead give-away. A wandering astroid (code named `Flora') is on a collision course with Earth. Richard Jackel and Robert Horton lead a team which places atomic bombs on the astroid to blow it up. They succeed, but they unwittingly bring back an alien fungus to their wheel-shaped space station. The fungus grows into man-sized monsters which multiply rapidly and overrun the space station. Jackel and Horton are forced to set aside their romantic rivalry over Luciana Paluzzi (`Thunderball') while they battle the creatures. Blazing laser guns abound in a desperate battle with the unstoppable monsters! The astronauts even don spacesuits and jet-packs for a battle on the space station's hull. All this in glorious color AND wide screen. Wow!

Sure, this sounds great but . . . well, these guys didn't know what they were doing. Or did they?

`The Green Slime' looks more like a clever satire of sci-fi movies than an ineptly made film. The odds against all the side-splitting humor in this movie happening by accident must be astronomical. The potato-shaped monster suits are hysterical. The miniatures of the rockets are so tiny the camera can barely focus on them. The dialogue sounds like perfect parodies of sci-fi's most treasured clichés. (Example: The doctor rushes up to soldiers as their about to attack a slim monster. `Stop, don't kill it!' he pleads. `This is a magnificent discovery, and we must do everything possible to SAVE it!' -- and he says it in a perfect imitation of Richard Nixon.)

When the heroes' rocket tries to outrun an atomic blast, Robert Horton orders the pilot to increase thrust. But the G-forces are already so strong, the pilot can't lift his hand to reach the throttle. Macho Robert jumps up, walks to the pilot's chair, and pushes the throttle himself!

`The Green Slime' is so full of scenes like this that it should be re-released as `National Lampoon's Space Adventure'. And just wait until you hear the Jimmy Hendrix sound-alike title theme, a psychedelic rock tune. Its was even released on 45 rpm! (That's kinda like a CD, for those of you too young to remember.)

Rent the movie, call your friends, and mix up a batch of lime Jello as a snack. This is MST3K squared.


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Language:

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Release Date:

19 December 1968 (Japan) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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