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Slime City (1988)

Not Rated | | Horror | 6 May 1988 (USA)
A student moves into a run-down building in New York City. His bizarre neighbors make a concoction in their apartment they call wine, but when he takes some of it, he turns into a deformed, murderous monster.


Gregory Lamberson (as Greg Lamberson)


Gregory Lamberson (as Greg Lamberson)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Sabin Craig Sabin ... Alex (as Robert C. Sabin)
Mary Huner Mary Huner ... Lori / Nicole
T.J. Merrick T.J. Merrick ... Jerry
Dennis Embry Dennis Embry ... Roman
Dick Biel Dick Biel ... Det. Irish
Jane Doniger Reibel Jane Doniger Reibel ... Lizzy
Bunny Levine ... Ruby
Marilyn Oran ... Selina
T. Clay Dickinson T. Clay Dickinson ... Derelict
Terry Spivey Terry Spivey ... Seaman
Eva Lee Eva Lee ... Prostitute
Jamie Johnson Jamie Johnson ... Tracy (as Jamie Zozzaro)
Allen Lewis Rickman ... Horace (as Alan Rickman)
Ivy Rosovsky Ivy Rosovsky ... Rene (as Ivy J. Rosovsky)
Gary Stein Gary Stein ... Mr. Swan


Slime City is the story of Alex, an art student just trying to get some. He rents an apartment from a seemingly sweet old Lizzie to try to sway his girlfriend Lori into 'sleeping' over. Roman and Nicole, the building's other two youth residents take more than a healthy interest in our boy. Nicole practically says 'Come up and plow me sometime' and Roman has him over for green pudding and haunted Crème de Methe. Roman explains the goo is Himalayan yogurt made by Lizzie and the wine is made by her dead alchemist father Zachary. Staggering back to his apartment, Alex runs into Nicole. Then they take off their pants and run into each other a few more times. Alex wakes up the next morning covered in slime or possibly melting. He decides to go out for tea and murders a hobo. Before the hobo's blood is dry, Alex is back to normal. Roman brings by some more goo and Alex hoovers it up. Afterwards, he meets Lori's parents and ruins dinner with the revelation that he no longer wants to move in ... Written by badhorrorgoodtimes

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Release Date:

6 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Maldição de Zachary See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office


$50,000 (estimated)
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Bare Bones Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Collector's Edition trimmed some scenes to improve the pacing. See more »


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A Real Midnight Movie
15 February 2012 | by lovecraft231See all my reviews

A few months ago, the movie "Chillerama" was released and came with the tagline "The Ultimate Midnight Movie", which I disagree with. Not because I wasn't impressed with what I saw (though I wasn't), but because the "midnight movie" as it was known is dead. Plus, real "midnight movies"-films like "Night of the Living Dead" and "Eraserhead"-never sought cult appeal-few directors in that era looked to become popular in that sense. So, while Greg Lamberson's "Slime City" might not be "the ultimate "midnight movie", it is the real deal in what it is-one of the last true movies of it's type.

Alex (Robert C. Sabin) is a normal college student whose moved into an apartment in a run down part of New York City. His neighbors-trashy gal Nicole (Mary Huner, who does double duty as Alex's girlfriend Lori) and Punk Rock kid Roman (Dennis Embry) have something for him-from Nicole, sex, and from Roman, a strange kind of "Himalayan Yogurt" and an elixir. Well, it turns out that the yogurt is actually the ectoplasmic essence of deranged cult leader Zachary, which is now turning Alex into a slime covered monster with an appetite for murder-and only murder seems to temporarily turn him back to normal.

As I said, "Slime City" is not what I'd call a perfect movie. While the budget is hardly worth peanuts (it cost about $50,000 to make), the acting here is all around awful. Nobody here seems to have acted a day in their lives (only star Sabin acted before this), so many of the attempts to convey emotions are awkward to say the least. Plus, there's some notable errors in continuity-such as Alex's bud Jerry (T.J. Merrick) being called "Jack" sometimes, and the story feels a bit shaky at times.

Still, for a first time effort made for nothing, this isn't too bad. The movie does get by largely on the fact that it's shamelessly trashy and gory, with some inspired gags-especially in the movies slimy, gore riddled climax-and effects work that is actually pretty damned impressive considering the budget. Also, the score by Robert Tomaro is a lot of fun, ranging from New Wave synthesizer and guitar work to almost industrial like sounds with ease. The micro-budget also actually helps the look of the film, as it does a great job of capturing the seedy underbelly of pre-Giuliani New York. Finally, the things got enthusiasm and energy to spare, and Lamberson and crew pour every ounce of what they have into it, and for the large part, they do a good job with the limited means they have.

Is "Slime City" a classic? I wouldn't go that far. It is however, one of the last true "Grindhouse" movies, and as an example of one of that world's dying breaths, it's not too bad, and worth a look for fans of movies like "Basket Case" and "Street Trash."

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