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Movie Details

Title:   The Green Slime
Director:   Kinji Fukasaku
Year:   1968
Genre:   Science Fiction
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   11.10.05

Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- Battle Royale

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
11.10.05DVRThis Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2005
Next up is this Japanese sci-fi horror movie from the late 60s. I think this makes a good example of John Landis' reasoning for why movies suck nowadays. According to him, the big thing that happened in the late 70s was that a select group of directors somehow started making B-level movies with A-level budgets. The result is really a movie that you're not supposed to care much about but are sold the opposite because it cost so much to make.

The premise of The Green Slime is that a meteor is heading toward Earth so a group of people have to go up there, land on the meteor, drill and place nuclear bombs on several locations, then blow it up before it can collide with Earth. Sound familiar? The difference is that this movie, with its low budget miniatures and crappy sets and B-grade actors, is good campy fun while Armageddon stretches out and becomes both bombastic action and sappy melodrama, spending the whole time going "look at how expensive this movie is... take us seriously!"

The other core difference of course is that this movie covers that whole subject in about a half hour, then becomes the Japan-made man-in-suit sci-fi fun that you'd expect from the title. It's interesting to note that this was put out in the same year as 2001... it for some reason reminds me of a double feature VHS tape I once rented with Night of the Living Dead and Reefer Madness. The two movies can really not be much different but somehow they are lumped together, either because of genre or because of some CHS distributor high on wacky tobacky.

So The Green Slime ended up being really a lot of fun. I saw some Alien in there, some Thing in there, some Blob of course (especially the awesome rock n roll theme song which plays at the beginning and end)... all mixed together with plenty of quasi-futuristic clothing and some yucky green goo which grows into one-eyed tentacled electro-shock monsters. Sweet!

Next up is something completely different.
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