The Slime People (1963)

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The Slime People (1963)

Post  BoG on Sun Oct 19, 2014 4:13 pm


This has a familiar opening scene: a lone male (Robert Hutton) flies in to L.A. in his single engine airplane and finds everything deserted. It's very similar to, for example, the start of The Earth Dies Screaming (64-UK). It also helps to keep the budget low when there are no people around, except a few select ones that form a small group trying to survive. As noted below, the two young women scream a lot and it gets more and more foggy as the film nears its conclusion. BoG's Score: 3.5 out of 10
What's Happening: Spear-wielding slime people attack Los Angeles
Famous For: Great title
Underground weapons tests rouse the evil attackers, and now a small band of heroes and heroines fights in a deserted city to survive. Apparently made with serious intent, The Slime People has become a minor treat for those who love classic monster-movie camp. You'll chuckle over the flat dialogue (" Knowing those things are out there gives me the creeps!"), the female characters who can do nothing but scream and complain, the poor lighting and static camera angles, and of course the lumbering Slime Men. Apparently only three slime suits were created, since we never see more than three at once. They look like a cross between frog people and squid people, although they do offer some good slime in the late action scenes. They should more properly be called "Fog People" since three quarters of the movie is shrouded in fog.
Besides camp, there are some things to admire. First, it is nice that the Slime People appear right away and that the invasion has already happened; we don't need to wait an hour before getting an action scene. Second, there is a series of convincing one-on-one fights in the last 20 minutes. Third, Les Tremayne (Angry Red Planet) is fun in a supporting role. A likeable movie, Slime People has developed a following of its own.

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Slimey Trivia: Susan Hart plays one of the sisters; she continued in such exploitation fare in the sixties, such as the girl robot in Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (65), but disappeared as the sixties ended; she switched to the behind-the-scenes business end of things and then rumor has it she went into the nun-hood.
IMDb wrote:Trivia: The two bums who appear in the theater are played by Joseph F. Robertson and Edward Finch Abrams, the film's producer and associate producer, respectively

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