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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


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$50,000 (estimated)
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Bare Bones Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Like weirdsville, daddy-o!
21 November 2005 | by reptilicusSee all my reviews

Take a bit of BRAIN DAMAGE, mix with a bit of STREET TRASH, shake well and then pop it in the oven until overdone and the result is SLIME CITY! Hey that is not meant to be a putdown . . . I actually like this movie and not just because the apartment where most of it takes place is a dead ringer for the first New York apartment I lived in!

Seriously now, the story involves Alex (Robert Sabin) art student who moves into a building that has seen better days. The owner/landlady is happy he moved in, a little TOO happy and the tenants are all more than a little weird. Oh well, any old port, right?

The neighbour Ramon offers the new tenant a cup of some green stuff which he calls "Tibetan Yogurt" and some green wine which he calls "an elixir" which knocks Alex flat after a single sip. It isn't long before he has nightmares about a mysterious black robed figure and hallucinates that he seduces his sexy neighbour. Then again, maybe it ISN'T a hallucination. Hmmmmmmmmmm. Are we venturing into ERASERHEAD territory?

Actually no we aren't because existentialism soon takes a back seat to supernaturalism. Alex wakes up after his prolonged nightmare and discovers his body is melting! Stumbling down the street he flies into a rage and beats a street tramp to death. Hardly has the unlucky victim gasped out his last breath before Alex returns to normal. This isn't the end of his troubles though . . . oh no we have many more reels to unspool before this is over. Those few sips of the strange green fluid have hooked him on the strange elixir and melting soon becomes a regular occurrence which only violent murder can reverse. Alex's girlfriend (Mary Huner) and his frat boy ex-roommate pal are very concerned but can they save him or will they become his victims?

This movie is now available on DVD and many of you will probably want to discover it for yourself so I will not spoil all the surprises, of which this film has many. Somehow the plot covers murder, suicide, Satanism and reincarnation and never loses its coherency. Gore is relatively mild until the end and that's where all the stops are pulled out. My only regret is that I never got to see this movie at a late night screening with a bunch of stoned, drunk college students. THAT would have been a treat indeed.

Director Gregory Lamberson did a very good job with the limited resources he had. After almost 20 years this film is finally finding its audience. I hope it does well.

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