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The Green Slime (1968)

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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Taglines:

The Green Slime are coming!! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | Japan | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

19 December 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

After the Destruction of Space Station Gamma: Big Military Operation See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (laserdisc)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Production manager William Ross would often serve as translator between the Japanese film crew and the American actors. 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 »

Quotes

Dr. Hans Halvorsen: But it proves out: this creature lives on energy, and discharges energy! That would explain its ability to electrocute Michaels! One cell, one microscopic speck left on a space suit, and it would absorb all the energy it could find.
Commander Jack Rankin: Wait a minute -- are you telling me that this thing "reproduced" itself inside the decontamination chamber? And, as we stepped up the current, it just... it just GREW?
Dr. Hans Halvorsen: Precisely! And they could be reproducing on any part of this station, where even a drop of this ...
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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 Fiebre en la Disco (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Cosmic Twilight
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Music by Vaclav Nelhybel
Bosworth Music Ltd
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Fun, yes. A joke, no.
4 February 2002 | by wilbrifarSee all my reviews

I agree that this movie is now entertaining on a bad movie level, but those who say it had to be made as a joke are dead wrong. This came out in a time before America (and particularly American kids) became so f--king "sophisticated". I saw this as a 10 year-old on the big screen when it was released; all us kids were thrilled by the adventure and did NOT laugh. It's a shame that kids today are denied the chance to experience this kind of innocent, totally unsophisticated fun in a theater. You can be smug about how "cheesy" these kinds of movies were, and how much more "sophisticated" we all are now, but on the flip side we didn't have things like school massacres back then, did we?


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