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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.

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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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The Green Slime is coming!! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The original storyline for The Green Slime (1968) originated in Italy, where MGM also had dealings. Years before The Green Slime went into production, MGM had contracted Italian filmmaker Antonio Margheriti to direct what was originally intended to be a series of four television movies about the adventures of a space station called Gamma One. Margheriti's films in the series consisted of The Wild, Wild Planet (1966), The War of the Planets (1966), War Between the Planets (1966) and Snow Devils (1967), all created over a period of three months and released in 1965. MGM was impressed with Margheriti's films and released the four films theatrically. Gamma One producers Walter Manley and Ivan Reiner were eager to take advantage of these films and made The Green Slime as an unofficial fifth entry in the film series. The only connection the film has to Margheriti's films is the space station, re-titled Gamma Three, which has a similar design as the one in Margheriti's films. See more »

Goofs

Captain Martin wears a helmet that covers both of his ears. When he answers the phone, he holds the handset up to his cheek where he couldn't possibly hear the other party. 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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Space Time Music
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the ORIGINAL "Alien"... this is one FUN & action packed b-movie!
21 January 2007 | by takatomonSee all my reviews

i just got this film on VHS through an auction and greatly enjoyed it! it's nowhere near as bad as it's reputation. it IS technically limited and even unintentionally funny in parts, but a lot of the story was very much ahead of it's time and inspired. it's like a typical 1950s space monster b-movie on steroids.

after watching it, i couldn't believe just how much of this film's story mirrors that in alien.

the film DOES use "godzilla grade" models and space ships, but it also has some REALLY nice sets that embarrass those in many more well known films with typical surplus radio parts and a few blinking lights. as much as i always hated those fake looking models in godzilla films, here they're forgivable because at least this story makes sense.

for what this film lacks in production values and sheer suspension of disbelief, it more than makes up for with conviction and originality. the ending has to be seen to be believed, it is EXTREMELY action packed.

this is my new #2 "old school sci fi" favorite only after forbidden planet. it's THAT GOOD!

don't believe this film's low score. it's funny and campy at times true, but it's also clever, sincere and action packed too. you've NEVER seen a pre 1970 sci-fi film that goes where this one does. it humbles many a predecessor with it's scope and originality.

i had a blast watching this one and by the end, had given it the respect it deserves for it's ambition and OBVIOUS inspiration on Alien. this film really tries hard to be a blockbuster and totally surprised me by how close it came to pulling it off.

hopefully, more people well schooled in just how bad typical 1950s American sci-fi films were, using little more than stock footage for SFX at times, will see this film and give it the respect it deserves for creating EVERYTHING in it from scratch and using new ideas of it's own.

i think there are a lot of 7+ votes out there that just haven't had the chance to see this film. i give it a 9 for effort and entertainment value.


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