Tuesday, January 25, 2011
THE GREEN SLIME (1968)
It's hard to believe this goofy-ass 60's sci-fi monster flick was directed by the same guy who made the amazing, fairly seriously done movie BATTLE ROYAL but it is. Kinji Fukasaku is seemingly a master at a few different genres including the stupid rubber-suit creature variety. This movie doesn't seem Japanese at all and if you don't read the credits you would really have no idea it was. It plays more like an Italian space film from this era although actually it was an Australian/American/Japanese co-production. I suppose some of the monster suits and spaceships could have been leftover from old ULTRAMAN episodes or something and a couple of them ships look strangely like old-time vibrators. This is a film that I loved way back when it played on local TV before they passed some law that nothing fun was allowed to be shown ever again. You kind of think this is going to be a BLOB rip-off but then the creatures grow and end up sorta resembling a gang of SIGMUNDS from SIGMUND AND THE SEA MONSTERS fame which I also used to watch on TV before they stopped making shows for kids that were fun and didn't completely brainwash every one of them. There's even one splatter scene where a guy falls on his head and blood flies out which I don't remember from TV. Also features an amazing psychedelic theme song that's only second to the theme from THE BLOB in silliness. Also the shitty Hollywood movie ARMAGEDDON ripped off the first half of this movie where they have to land on an asteroid headed for earth, plant explosives and blow it up. I'll take rubber tentacled monsters over Michael Bay horseshit any day!