the film, “Green Slime” (by Neal E. Busch)
The film stars Robert Horton (Jack), Luciana Paluzzi (Liza),
and Richard Jaeckel (Vince)
Produced by Ram Films, Inc., and filmed at
Toei Tokyo Studios, Inc.,
special effects performed by Nihon Special Effects, Inc.,
& Toei Chemistry Co., Inc.
Directed by Kinju Fukasaku
Music by Charles Fox and Toshiaki
sound track lyrics screamed to the accompaniment of 1960's rock
with Buddy Rich type loud drumming:
“...What can it be; what’s the reason?...”
...Is this the end to all the seasons?...
...Is this something in your head?...
...Would you believe it when you’re dead?!...
...You’ll believe it when you find...
...something screaming across your mind!...
...green slime, green slime, green slime...”
Basically, the film is similar in plot to the films,
“Deep Impact” with Robert Duval or “Armageddon”
in which an asteroid targets Earth for destruction.
Ancillary to the basic plot is the contact made by the
astronauts with the “green slime”, which was on the asteroid
to be destroyed and brought back to the space station by the
the green slime develops and grows to become a mortal threat to
the astronauts and to the space station.
The plot is resolved by one or more of the central
characters destroying the menace by sacrificing their live(s).
A romantic twist to the plot is the predictable
competition for the attentions of the character played by
Luciana Paluzzi as head nurse by the two central male characters
played by Robert Horton and Richard Jaeckels.
Also predictably one of them has to die to clear the
field for the other male lead for the attentions of Ms. Paluzzi.
The film ends amidst the screaming lyrics of “Green
Slime” back dropped with the space station plunging to Earth
and then exploding in a fire ball scattering bits and pieces of
both the station and the green slime.
Of course, the space station personnel escape in a
functioning space ship.
No one is informed that the bits and pieces of the
“green slime” may have survived reentry into Earth’s
atmosphere such as to become a mortal threat to life on Earth.
One of the interesting and
laughable elements in the plot is that the number of nurses
appear to outnumber the number of astronauts almost as though
the “Gamma Three” space station were an orbiting hospital
staffed almost entirely with male and female models posing as
Characters and Acting
Central actors include Robert Horton as “Jack”,
Commander of the expedition to destroy the asteroid, Richard
Jaeckels who plays “Vince”, the commander of “Gamma
Three” space station, and Luciana Paluzzi as “Liza” who
plays the head nurse and occupies the third element of the love
were all “clean cut” and well groomed with 1950's haircuts
more for a modeling agency than realistic for a science fiction
film. Voices appear
to be dubbed over actor’s lip motion creating a robotic
stiffness with lips out of synch with speech
– an effect
more common to a laughable episode in the Godzilla series than
for a serious science fiction drama.
Character development was
poor with the central characters shouting orders at one another
and rushing from one scene to another to an instant resolution
of the initial asteroid plot only to be followed in another rush
to the secondary plot dealing with the “green slime”.
The predictable clash of the two central characters,
“Jack” and “Vince”, was shallow with predictable
irritations and predictable vocal clashes.
The secondary green slime plot parallels the clash
between “Jack” and “Vince” with both plots being
resolved simultaneously with the green slime being vanquished
simultaneously with the death by sacrifice of Jack’s rival,
“Vince”. The two
surviving central characters,” Jack” and “Liza” do not
ride off into the sun set, but instead are treated to the
screaming lyrics of the “Green Slime” theme song as the film
Supporting actors include a
group of well groomed but unrecognizable “also ran’s” all
acting with B-film stiffness.
Special effect technology appear to originate in the
1940's or more precisely the film appears to be without the
benefit of special effects technology.
The “Gamma Three” space station is a cheap plastic
model in the shape of the predictable donut
with windows and external fixtures painted on with cheap
enamel paint.. The
model is poised in front of a black back drop punctured with a
multitude of small holes presumably representing stars.
The “space” surrounding the space station seems to
have a day and night cycle uncharacteristic of space with a blue
sky during the “day” and a half lite gray twilight for
interestingly, there appears to be a large, fuzzy galaxy
residing just adjacent to Earth all unbeknownst to present day
The space ship modeling appears to be made of the same
cheap plastic as the space station with painted on logo.
Rocket flames appear to be made by a natural gas blow
torch with flames and smoke angling upward caused by the
atmospheric effects within the surrounding studio.
The effect is much like that of a candle burning at a
slant. Space motion
is either too smooth or too jerky creating the expectation of
seeing a hand or wire pulling the models along.
At times, I expected to see a giant hand come out and
crush the model in exasperation.
The green slime “alien”
is obviously a guy in a rubber suit with flapping rubber
“arms” and a single, large, painted-on red eye.
When the green slime sub-plot gets rolling the invading
green slime is able to reproduce itself several times over
producing a mob of green slime creatures who amble around the
space station creating confusion and chaos amongst the
multitudes of nurses and medical personnel all careening about
with fits of screaming and shouting.
Sometimes, I find myself cheering for the aliens to just
“end it all” so as to stop the chaos and mob rule prevalent
on the space station. From
a scientific standpoint it is hard to fathom where the green
slime goes from being a small gooey mass about the size of a
thumbnail to becoming a herd of huge green slime creatures each
the size of a refrigerator.
I suspect the producers of the film never heard of the
law of “conservation
of matter” in which matter can neither be created nor
the green slime creatures have overcome this scientific
The film, “Green Slime”, was produced in
in the early 1960's apparently without benefit of either special
effects technology or an adequate budget for the technology
available at the time. Although
big name actors and actresses were involved in the film, the
directing of the film was amateurish with shallow plot and
character development with predictable plot resolution
consistent with the B-film genre.
The artificial and phoney conflict between “Jack” and
“Vince” was a bit ridiculous when juxtapositioned
against the supposed dire calamity posed by the eminent
collision of an asteroid with earth.
One would think that the characters would focus on the
ensuing calamity rather than on a petty squabble between grown
men. However, the
box office rules. This
film may inaugurate a new category as the first in a line of
C-film genre. If the
green slime aliens weren’t so laughably fake I might find
myself cheering for the aliens to “clean out” the space
station of bad acting and excess medical personnel.
One is left with the question as to what the motivation
is for staffing the “Gamma Three” space station with
the multitudes of nurses and medical technicians.
Maybe, the attitude of the age was focused more on the
medical dangers of space travel as opposed to the scientific
purposes of space exploration.
by Neal E. Busch