The Green Slime (1968)
I had seen the trailer for this movie at both Al Fresco before Empire of the Ants and at the Thrillema when I went to see The Thing. The trailer is awesome. As it turns out, Mr. Blue has this movie in his collection of shit he taped off of Scream. w00t!
In the future, a giant meteor is headed towards the space station orbiting Earth and it's up to the newly retired astronaut or whatever, whom we will call Captain Cool (Robert Horton, who looks sort of like Roger Moore), to take a team of dudes to blow it up a la Armegeddon, sort of. Once on the meteor, they find it is covered in a mysterious green slime. They blow it up anyway, however, a tiny trace of green slime gets on Captain Cool's space suit and starts breeding as soon as they get back to the space station. Soon, it has grown into these big monsters which electrocute people and is overrunning the place. Mayhem ensues.
This movie has frigging everything a person could possiibly want. It has futuristic sets which I'm sure are probably leftovers from a Mothra movie or something (this film was made in Japan). By futuristic I mean everything looks like it's from the sixties but it's spray painted silver! Yes!
It has awesome looking monsters that kill people by electrocution, have the ability to heal themselves using solar power and reproduce like crazy. There is also the obligatory mad scientist (Ted Gunther) who explains how the monsters work and tries to protect them, eventually dying at their hands.
The acting is surprisingly good all considered, and there was a really hot lady (Luciana Paluzzi), caught in between her former lover, Captain Cool, and her new fiance (Robert Jaeckel), who used to be best friends I think. You just know one of them is going to get killed trying to save the other.
And the song is really awesome too (possibly even better than the song in The Blob).
Yes, this film is the ultimate cheesy monster movie, though probably one of the last of its breed, possibly even sounding the death knell of the cheesy monster movie (I gather it didn't do especially well). Nonetheless, it is totally awesome and wow.
Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku. Written by: Tom Rowe and Charles Sinclair. Starring: Robert Horton, Robert Jaeckel, Luciana Paluzzi, Bud Widom, Ted Gunther.
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