The Green Slime (1968)

Synopsis:

Scientists discover that a giant asteroid is on collision course with Earth. They dispatch a crew of astronauts from a space station to land on the asteroid and blow it up. After the mission is successfully completed, the astronauts return to the space station, but they don’t realize that they have brought a deadly organism with them.

Reaction & Thoughts:

Invaders From Beyond The Stars … The Green Slime is a silly, but surprisingly entertaining monster movie. At times it feels like an old Star Trek episode, not a bad thing in my opinion. The film has some problems, but if you’re in the right state of mind and you have a schlock tooth, you’ll find yourself having a great time.

The Green Slime, directed by Kinji Fukasaku (Tora! Tora! Tora!), is a movie filled with contradictions. The story is good. The screenplay (by William Finger, Tom Rowe, Charles Sinclair) takes science very seriously. You can tell that they took the time to think things through. Sadly, the amateurish production values hurt the movie. I had to double-check the release date because the movie looks like something made in the early 1950s.

It’s a B-movie filmed in glorious Metrocolor by the all-mighty Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (a co-production with a Japanse company). The widescreen cinematography (by Yoshikazu Yamasawa, Violent City) looks great, but sets, costumes, visual effects, etc., are something you would expect to see in a cheap Roger Corman production. I didn’t mind the cheese, though. I was giggling like a little kid the whole time.

The actors are actually pretty good. Robert Horton (Flint McCullough in TV’s Wagon Train) plays the courageous and intrepid Commander Jack Rankin, Richard Jaeckel (Sometimes a Great Notion) plays the well-meaning but ineffective Commander Vince Elliott and Luciana Paluzzi (Thunderball) plays Dr. Lisa Benson, the space station’s physician (there is a bit of Dr. Crusher in her).

Conclusions & Final Thoughts:

MST3K (Mystery Science Theater 3000) made fun of The Green Slime, but I didn’t think it deserved the ridicule. The film is colorful, funny and very, very entertaining. It’s also pretty influential. Ridley Scott’s Alien and Michael Bay’s Armageddon clearly stole elements of this film. Color, 90 minutes, Not Rated.

P.S. This is part of my annual October Horror Movie Challenge.

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