Friday, November 18, 2011
Tonight, Turner Classic Movies performs a public service by airing a cult cinema classic at 3:30 am!
The Green Slime was an Italian-Japanese-American co-production about alien spores who attach themselves to a space station, grow to five feet tall, start ingesting the human crew with the intention to do the same to the population of Earth!
It's fast-paced, has pretty good sfx (on a par with the Godzilla and Gamera flicks of the period), and the multi-national cast features some solid actors including Robert Horton, Richard Jaeckel, and Luciana Paluzzi. (Curiously, no Japanese actors appear in the film!)
The writers of this amazing opus included Bill Finger, co-creator (with Bob Kane) of The Batman, and Ivan Reiner, screenwriter of Wild, Wild Planet and other Italian genre films!
The funkiest part is the now-legendary theme song written by Charles Fox, who previously had done the music for Barbarella!
And, after years of only being available on an OOP pan-and-scan VHS, it's finally on DVD from Warner Archive by clicking HERE.
Here's the complete theme song (only part of it is used in the flick's opening credits)...
...one of the Japanese trailers for the flick (note that the Japanese are no better at lip-synching dubbing than Americans)...
And a longer trailer with more action...
We think the poster art would fit in perfectly as a t-shirt, mug or other collectible (along with the DVD) as a retro-kool holiday gift set for your pop-culture-oriented loved one (or yourself)!
Get it...before the Green Slime gets YOU!