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Green Slime, The Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Mayo   
Friday, 11 January 2008

AKA: After the Destruction of Space Station Gamma: Big Military Operation, Battle Beyond the Stars, Death and the Green Slime, Fango verde, II, Gamma #3 Big Military Space Operation, Gamma sango uchu daisakusen, The Battle of Space Station Gamma
Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku
Written by: Tom Rowe, Charles Sinclair, Ivan Reiner, Bill Finger
Produced by: Walter Manley, Ivan Reiner
Cinematography by: Yoshikazu Yamasawa
Edited by: Osamu Tanaka
Special effects by: Akira Watanabe
Original Music by: Charles Fox, Toshiaki Tsushima, Sherry Gaden
Cast: Robert Horton, Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel, Bud Widom, Ted Gunther, David Yorston
Year: 1968
Country: USA, Japan, Italy
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 90 minutes

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“The Green Slime is coming!”

Directed by the late Kinji Fukasaku of “Battle Royale” fame, “The Green Slime” follows a giant asteroid – dubbed Flora – hurtling 6,000,000 tons of rock toward Earth.  With a mere 10 hours left before the collision course to earthly genocide.  A team is assembled to destroy the asteroid before impact.  Commander Jack Rankin (Robert Horton) teams up with his rival, space station Gamma III Commander Vince Elliot (Richard Jaeckel, “Grizzly”), with a team of astronauts, on a mission to blow up Flora.  While on the asteroid the team finds a green goop permeating on the crater, but the team focuses on their mission, with accomplishment.  The only problem is one foolhardy astronaut manages to bring back a gooey green spec attached to his cosmic garments.  With planet earth now protected, the Gamma III must fend off contamination, for the gooey green slime mutates into menacing intergalactic tentacled monster snots, with an electric attitude.

Whilst back on the Gamma III Commander Rankin continues to push position with Commander Elliot, continuing to take charge while trying to be the hero with hardheaded aggressiveness.  The two were once the best of friends, but conflict arose when Rankin reported Elliot as an unfit commander, ensuing in a falling out.  Now the two butt heads at every opportunity showing both their alpha man attitudes.  Throw in a love triangle and we have fiery redhead Dr Lisa Benson (Luciana Paluzzi “99 Women”) who once had relations with Rankin, but now has a relationship with Elliot, which further evades everyone off the course at hand.

Meanwhile the celestial slime amasses into an army of tentacled one-eyed behemoths that can shoot lightening out of their nippers.  Apparently the slime’s cells duplicate faster than anything known to man.  The goop even feeds on any form of energy and can discharge it at will.  According to Dr Halverson the “blood cells of the creature’s is like seed.  It can spawn new creatures!”  This being the case, the more the team spills the blood of “The Green Slime” the more “The Green Slime” reproduces.  Since the “things” need energy, the group concocts a plan to isolate them into a section of the station with aid of a light beam and a generator.  Once the creatures are contained, and the members of the crew are safe, they can then decide the alien slime’s fate.  The question is, can they be controlled, and purged before it is too late?

Director Kinji Fukasaku, really delivers an awesome sci-fi schlock-fest from the late 60’s.  Due to a lack of technology the film relies on a charming script with amusingly cool low budget miniatures to showcase the architecture and spaceship sequences in the film.  The lack of modern film techniques really adds to the films appeal.  I will always have a soft spot for rubber-suited monsters and this film provides the latex extraterrestrial goods (provided by “Godzilla” veteran Akira Watanabe).  You can’t beat the choice of alien oral noises either, which can be considered a combination of a retarded dolphin and a satanic cat.  Surprisingly the acting is a lot better than one would think with believable characters for-the-most-part.  There’s even a bit of gore mixed in for good measure.  Keep an eye out for a classic use of a prop used a couple times in scenes where a desperate character uses a laser gun as a harpoon to defeat the slime!

Sure “The Green Slime” doesn’t follow science and only uses gravity and atmosphere at the scripts advantage, but this does not become a dwelling factor of negativity since the viewer is too damn caught up in having fun watching this rubber-suited Martian tale!  The fact the astronauts actually run with gravity when on Flora is another redeeming quality of the film.  With a movie like this, the viewer should embrace it’s folly as entertainment.  For this viewer “The Green Slime” is a cherished film of the past, which in this day and age is few and far between.  If you are lucky enough to find an old MGM vhs, don’t hesitate to pick it up.  If anything, the film’s theme song has to spark some enthusiasm for the film.

The Green Slime - "Army of Martian Snots"

The Green Slime - "Green Screen?"

The Green Slime - "Death to Humans!"

The Green Slime - "NO!"

The Green Slime - "Title"

The Green Slime - "Green Slime Flora Dot"

The Green Slime - "Rocket to Flora"

The Green Slime - "Mighty Space Station Gamma 3"

The Green Slime - "You're hot!"

The Green Slime - Intergalactic Golf Cart"

The Green Slime - "Green Slimer"

The Green Slime - "Running in Zero Gravity"

The Green Slime - "Fiery Redhead"

The Green Slime - "Oh God"

The Green Slime - "Death by Green Slime"

The Green Slime - "Smile for the Camera"

The Green Slime - "ah"

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already_taken   | |2008-04-23 02:46:54
The title here is not quite right as I recall. My recollection is that the
advertizing promise at the time of this movie's release was
"The Green Slime Are Coming". This curious gramatic structure did not escape the attention
of the eleven-year old I was at the time.
Chris Mayo     |SAdministrator |2008-08-07 20:03:20
Nice tid-bit of info.

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