In the annals of so-bad-it’s-good cinema, few films deliver on the level of 1968’s The Green Slime. If you have witnessed The Green Slime with your own eyes, then you already understand why. If you have never experienced for yourself the rubber tentacle eyeball monster mayhem, flaming model space station chaos, acid rock theme song, and supreme Richard Jaeckal-ness of The Green Slime, the Warner Archive is prepared to change all that a month from now.
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 Green Slime has long since been one of those classic bad movies b-movie mavens like myself have been clamoring for on DVD, the infrequent airing on Turner Classic Movies just not being good enough for us. Thankfully, the Warner Archive is giving the film the made-to-order DVD treatment, and not just another DVD-R copy either. They’re unleashing a newly remastered widescreen print of The Green Slime, said to be an HD scan in 16×9 2.35 scope from a pristine source. Nothing but the finest treatment for a work of cinema as special as this one.
You can head over to the Warner Archive right now and pre-order The Green Slime for $24.95 in advance of the October 24th release date. If you need further incentive to do so, then feast your eyes on the equally entertaining trailer for this not-so-classic sci-fi horror flick.
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