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Rated G
Copyright 1968 Metro Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Commander Jack Rankin - This guy wouldn't stop smiling if a rabid weasel was in his shorts; he would just grin and give you a thumbs up.
  • Commander Vince Elliott - In charge of the space station and not very happy Rankin is senior to him. A rash man who gives one Green Slime a hug. (That means he dies.)
  • Lisa Benson - Woman torn between loving Rankin and Elliott.
  • Dr. Halvorsen - Head researcher aboard the space station, he gets seriously fried.
  • General Jonathan Thompson - Gruff senior officer, his main role in this movie is sweating.
  • Captain Martin - Elliott's right hand man, for some reason he looks natural in a white motorcycle helmet.
  • The Green Slime - Alien life form which feeds on energy and even a single drop of blood can regenerate into new creatures. Incinerated.

The Plot: 

Packing more goofy models and props than most Godzilla films comes this lovely piece of b-cinema.

I still want to know who starched Commander Rankin's face while he was smiling, either the guy is a loon or he's on some serious happy pills. Prozac boy gets things done though; when you have a rogue asteroid hurtling toward Earth he's the man to call. (Not Bruce Willis, mind you.)

When the astronauts land to place their bombs they find the asteroid is inhabited by strange blobs of glowing slime that are drawn to the equipment. After blasting off and barely escaping the massive explosion (Imagine an orange and brown papier mache' ball with half a stick of dynamite inside and you're golden.) the heroes return to Space Station Gamma 3.

Unfortunately, for everyone, some of the slime was carried back on a space suit. It soon evolves into a tentacled creature! So the thing kinda looks like Sigmund the Sea Monster - he never fried anyone with several thousand volts of electricity. (Yes, I know it's the amps that get you.) This gives a nice excuse for Elliott and Rankin to have a power struggle over who is in charge, the latter a firm believer in "shoot first ask questions later."

Another unfortunate fact about Green Slime: even a single drop of blood will grow into a new monster. So now you have dozens of pissed off Sigmunds running around electrocuting the crew, good job Rankin.

In the end humanity is saved by crashing Gamma 3 into Earth's atmosphere, incinerating the Green Slime. Thank goodness something stopped them besides THROWING your laser rifle. The characters often unload at point blank range without effect. Soon as they throw the weapon it goes right through the monster's eye. Even if you don't like watching "spacemen" wearing white 1960's police motorcycle helmets firing "laser guns" at waddling masses of latex monsters you have to love the title song.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Asteroids look like a Gobstopper which has been under the refrigerator for ten years.
  • Movies are less interesting from a phone's objective.
  • Pulsing green muck plays heck with interstellar golf carts.
  • People can stand up and walk around while experiencing ten G's.
  • Never let a bitter exgirlfriend tend your wound.
  • Alien life is best represented by green soap suds.
  • Space station security guards wear white motorcycle helmets with a little space symbol on them.
  • Golf carts are not four wheel drive.
  • Laser rifles work better as spears.
  • Never hug an ungrounded Green Slime.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 2 mins - Nice miniatures, ahm.
  • 13 mins - For some reason this scene is making me horny.
  • 25 mins - Bad dubbing!
  • 48 mins - White motorcycle helmets?
  • 70 mins - The explosion took out half of the model space station, but not that flimsy door?
  • 75 mins - Elliott could use some boxing lessons.
  • 83 mins - Jack, I'm going to kick your smiling self in the testicles. What do you think of that?

 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.
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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

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The Green Slime
Reply #25. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Michael
I had seen this film when it was first released in 1968 at the Avalon theater in Brooklyn, NY. I was 10 years old. Now to a ten year old back then, this was great stuff . I mean, you got, space stations,rockets, lazer rifles, space monsters and a really great looking movie poster that had nothing to do with the movie !( but she looked cool in that suit). My cousin Robert and I had a bit we did with the movie song at the beginning. we had recorded the audio of the film when it was on the 4:30 movie here in NY and for some reason just as the song ends and the first words spoken are ...Gereral, the tape had a high pitched whoop sound so everytime we watch the movie we both go ...Gereral..whoop!.Looking at it now, you just have to laugh, but for it's time and budget, it was something.
The Green Slime
Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Rodney Ladson
It's a great piece of 70's scifi, which could be redone, into a major scifi event. After all this movie is fun, and packs a nice little punch. What's not to like about this movie, which absolutely doesn't take itself seriously, goes over the top with campy acting and some of the best scifi models around. Some very good actors played their roles to the hilt: Robert Horton, Lucianna Paluzzi, and the Late Richard Jeackel to name a few. I give this film a great recommendation, just beacuse it's a throwback to saturday afternoon matinees, if you want to relive those yester years, you'd be hard pressed to find another film as good or funny. The action in the film ranges from flat out no nonsense militarism, to egg-headed scientist, going ga-ga over a new life form, from the impending doom of the earth being struck by a massive asteriod, to the bickering and infighting jealousy of a pair of unrequited rivals, and a monster that is both unique & deadly, this movie can't be beat.
The Green Slime
Reply #27. Posted on March 11, 2005, 07:00:13 PM by Tobbe
I want the Green slime soundtrack! Someone that can give me a Link to find it?
The Green Slime
Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Markus
This is NEARLY my all time favourite B Movie (In my specific genre of Sci-fi "So bad it's brilliant"). It's almost got everything. It's missing gratuitous nudity and zombies (look to LIFEFORCE for the perfect B movie IMHO) but makes up for it with dramatic suspense music ("PING!!!") and somehow girlish monsters flapping their arms about- oh and a theme tune right up there with THE BLOB. But I do have a genuine affection for this movie. I love the scene where they lock the scientist behind the door with the monsters and then open it after they've killed him!!! More of those types of "get your men killed" heroes please!

 I hear Mystery Science Theatre 3000 did a pilot episode on GREEN SLIME and is impossible to get hold of. Well I hope they release GREEN SLIME on DVD soon.  We need to see the cardboard in digital clarity.

Or how about they remake it, Jerry Bruckheimer style. What a Movie that would be! Or a sequel; GREEN SLIMES. James Cameron could direct.

Shame Arnies past it now, he'd have been perfect as Rankin.

Thanks for the site and the affectionate tribute. You can't take this stuff seriously and actually critise it!

Bring on the DVD!!!

My rating: 9/10 (no nude women or zombies)
The Green Slime
Reply #29. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by grapes
I was left thinking: When they were building the space station their had to be some pencil pusher back on earth who thought "They're going to need net guns up there".
The Green Slime
Reply #30. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Elizabeth
I barely remember seeing this movie. My family would go to the Christ-Town Theater in Phoenix just to see Wallace and Ladmo on stage - and this was usually the movie that was playing. I don't remember any of the plot, I don't remember any of the scenes - I was merely trying to win a Ladmo Bag.

If anyone is interested in learning more about Wallace and Ladmo, go to search and type in Wallace and Ladmo. Many websites will pop up - my favorite one is "In Memory of Ladimir Kwiatkowski." You can also join the Wallace & Ladmo Show group at Yahoo. Loads of fun - and maybe even another chance to win that elusive Ladmo Bag!
The Green Slime
Reply #31. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by peter
I missed this first time around. My parents took me to see 2001 but they weren't into B movies.
Objectively the best thing about this movie is the game it spawned: Awful Green Things From Outer Space.
However: I love it. The crap effects and the wooden acting are only matched by the silly story.
More cheese than Cheddar.
The Green Slime
Reply #32. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Chris
I saw this wonderful piece of crap on cable, when cable was just HBO and two TV stations out of Philly. It is interesting to know that Stanley Kubrick’s classic 2001: a space odyssey was released in the same year and by the same company, MGM in 1968. Was this pure coincidence or, gasp, an intentional plot...
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