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Professor, you've seen these creatures. Are they from outer space, are they animals? What are they?
Dr. Timothy Brough:
I believe they are a form of animal life, but not from outer space.
Then where are they from?
Dr. Timothy Brough:
The ones I saw came from underground, out of the sewers.
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Good premise, just not the time period to execute it....
This is a case where they had a pretty good idea for a B horror film, it just came 20 to 25 years too early. Imagine, a movie filled with slime monsters in the 80's! I see gore, I see awesome kills and I see slime on hot attractive women! It would be a sleazy film to be sure, but it would have a cult following and be considered a guilty pleasure. This one, unfortunately, was just a bit to boring. Bland monsters, where they did not seem to know what they were going for, bad effects and lots of conjecture scenes. Basically, if you gave this same film to Roger Corman in the 80's you would have had the perfect in nasty horror cinema. Instead, you get a film where you see they had an interesting story, but they just could not have the effects or the fast story to make the film itself all that interesting.
The story has a pilot over LA, he lands despite warnings suggesting he divert from his current trajectory. He encounters an empty airport; however, a car with a scientist and his two attractive daughters pulls up and tells him to get in. The pilot soon learns the city is under siege from terrible creatures that live underground. These slime people (what they are dubbed) have created a slime dome over the city and are turning the atmosphere into one of their liking. They also randomly kill the people still entrapped within the city with spears. So yes, creatures that can create a device to change the climate are still using spears. The group encounter a marine and the group soon tries to find a way to break the slime dome and stop the terrible slime people once and for all!
Like I said, make this film in the 80's and it probably would have been still bad, but a really fun bad. With the way it is presented in 1963, though, it seems like a bunch of other films of that era. A lot of promise, undercut by the limits in technology and the inability to show a bit of skin. I saw this film on an episode of MST3K and it was not a particularly strong episode, but it is not really the movie's fault as this film was featured during the first season of MST3K and that season is their weakest in my opinion. So, if you see the film, just be prepared to think to yourself how much potential the plot had...if only.
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