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THE GREEN SLIME (dvd review)

Warner Archive // Released October 26, 2010 // Rated G

The Pitch
After a perilous mission to a huge asteroid, a crew returns to its space station, unaware a bit of ooze from the asteroid clings to a crewman’s uniform. The green goop grows – into murderous, tentacled monsters. And as station members fight to live, gunk from the monsters’ wounds turns into more monsters! That’s the story. Now enjoy as our heroes fight to preserve Earth and, unintentionally, our own senses of humor with a movie that Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called “one of the funniest made-in-Japan sci-fi monster movies ever.” Kinji Fukasaku, whose later work was championed by Quentin Tarantino, directs. The world would be a far more bleak and joyless place without marvels like The Green Slime.

The Review
John Carpenter, Ridley Scott and George Lucas might have to cite The Green Slime as an influence on their work if this release from the Warner Archive catches on.  An American production filmed entirely in Japan with an all Caucasian cast, The Green Slime is not only a ridiculously bad movie, it’s also ridiculously entertaining.  Contributing to the screenplay is Bill Finger, the forgotten co-creator of Batman and Charles Sinclair (the duo also co-wrote for several television series including 77 Sunset Strip and the Adam West Batman series).

The film is played dead serious by the cast which includes Robert Horton, Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel, Bud Widom and Ted Gunther and as a result, is unintentionally hilarious.  If you like rubber monsters running amok and pure entertainment, The Green Slime is not only a must see, it’s a must have.  Highly recommended.

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