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Rated G
Copyright 1968 Metro Goldwyn-Mayer.
Reviewed by Demian, Denyse Mercer, and Jode Carrasco on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Jack Rankin - Our hero, with an ego almost as big as his disturbingly shaped head. He does lots of rolly, jumpy things and is a take-charge kind of guy.
  • Vince Elliott - Sort of like Jack, only nicer and less efficient. He gets hugged to death by a slime monster.
  • Lisa - Vince's Russian (?) fiance', except that she probably ends up with Jack because he's the hero and Vince dies.
  • Doctor Hans Halverson - What slime monster film would be complete without a stupid doctor who wants to save the creature in the name of science? This is that fellow, and he pays for his nonviolence.
  • Michaels - The expendable ensign type guy of the film, he gets fried pretty early on.
  • The Slime Monsters - One-eyed, two-tentacled electrical creatures which can regrow from their own blood! Rather cute in a way.

The Plot: 

Oh no! An asteroid is heading for Earth and only a brave team of space heroes can save the world! Sadly, when these heroes land on the asteroid to place charges, one of them gets a bit of something green stuck to his knee. Once the Earth is saved and our heroes return to a space station, this little bit of something green grows into a slime monster capable of rapid reproduction from its own blood! Soon it gets shot, its blood reproduces, and there are lots and lots of fierce wee beasties running around killing people. Eventually, though, the hero decides "screw it, let's just blow everything up." So he does, and everyone (well, everyone alive) lives happily ever after.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Knee hygiene is very important.
  • Never save the life of a strange alien creature.
  • In fact, trying to save any kind of life always ends in tragedy.
  • While laser guns don't stop alien creatures, hospital beds and flashlights do.
  • Guns are most effective when thrown like spears.
  • The future is absolutely filled with phallic symbols.
  • The future also doesn't look much different from the 60s.
  • The future is very well lit.
  • Space stations blow up real good.
  • Smoke rises in space.
  • A movie involving slime isn't complete without a cheesy song (see also The Blob).

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 4 mins - Nice picture!
  • 8 mins - That rocket has a nipple.
  • 12 mins - Oh my. This docking scene is too disturbing.
  • 18 mins - Golf carts!
  • 25 mins - What's that smoke poof doing up there?
  • 28 mins - Oh yeah, futuristic dancing.
  • 35 mins - That's not very green...
  • 40 mins - It's gone from green slime to red lobster.
  • 48 mins - Ooh! Amoeba porn!
  • 52 mins - Eat bed, slime beast!
  • 62 mins - Eat flashlight, slime beast!
  • 67 mins - Ha! They hit him with a golf cart!
  • 69 mins - Kerplowie!
  • 77 mins - Up, up, and away!
  • 79 mins - He threw his gun and KILLED SOMETHING!
  • 84 mins - It happened again! WOOHOO!

 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.

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Green slime monster running amok!

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Reply #33. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jamie
I watched this movie for the first time a couple of days ago.  Definately worth staying up till 5 am.  This movie is great.  Rankin is my hero.  That man has some moves.  No one does an acrobatic dive role quite like him.  Also when he throws the bed at the blob in the infermery to get away, wow nicely done.  You definately don't see heroes in modern movies doing such things.  I wonder if he does all his stunts.  
The Green Slime
Reply #34. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Dave
I loved your review of this, ahem, science fiction classic.  It's a blast to watch "The Green Slime" in all its campiness and B-movie glory.
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Reply #35. Posted on November 04, 2005, 07:10:36 PM by
The second best Sci-Fi dance sequence ever.
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Reply #36. Posted on December 06, 2005, 06:07:57 PM by IT
A very fun and enjoyable bad movie.This movie was to me the best of the low budget scifi movies of the 60s I give it 6 STARS.
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Reply #37. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Timothy
Saw this movie back in the 80's and loved it, saw it the other day on cable and I still love it.  The dodgy effects and acting add to the appeal of this movie for me.

Some of the script is just so bad, and why after emptying their lasers into the slime they chick the things at them I don't know but the film world is full of such wornderous plot pieces so I don't really care.

I give this movie a thumbs up every time

Re: The Green Slime
Reply #38. Posted on January 28, 2007, 08:08:25 PM by Vince
I saw this movie when I was 10 years old at the Hermo Theater in Hermann, MO in July 1969.  My family had just moved to town and we begged our parents to let us go after seeing the title "The Green Slime" on the marquee.  We kids walked there by ourselves, and got in for 50 cents apiece.  We all loved it!

I haven't seen the film since, but I remember the theme song--my brother and I used to sing it to each other because it was so cool!  The last time I thought about it (until now) was when the original "Alien" film was released.  Now, it had been a long time since I had seen "Slime", but it sure seemed to me that the plot of "Alien" was awfully similar.  Anybody agree?
Re: The Green Slime
Reply #39. Posted on January 28, 2007, 08:47:12 PM by JaseSF
Could this movie be any cooler? I don't think so. I LOVE this one and very much enjoyed the review on site here. The opening song has to be one of the greatest of its type ever.
Re: The Green Slime
Reply #40. Posted on April 22, 2008, 11:46:31 PM by already_taken
I remember seeing this film at a single screen theater (yes, there were such things in those days).  I recall promos for the movie in the local newspaper: The Green Slime are Coming!  I remember wondering, even at my then tender age, about the curious grammatic structure of that phrase.  The plot of the movie as I recall involved slimy pond scum-like stuff attacking first the ship then occupants of ship. It later became standard a Star Trek plot artifice.   What I failed to appreciate then was the hunky/hottieness of the actors.  It seems I had a more acute appreciation of what mattered when I was eleven years old.
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