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“Is it just something in your head? Will you believe it when you’re dead? Green sli-ii-ime!” Oh, it’s something in your head alright. It’s something known as an earworm. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Jeff Mohr, and special guest Doc Rotten – as they savor the cheesy goodness known as The Green Slime(1968).
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 105 – The Green Slime (1968)
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After destroying a giant asteroid heading towards Earth, a group of scientists unknowingly bring back a strange green substance that soon mutates into a monster.IMDb
- Director: Kinji Fukasaku
- Writers: Bill Finger (as William Finger), Tom Rowe, Charles Sinclair; Ivan Reiner (story)
- Special Effects:
- Yukio Manoda (special effects director)
- Akira Watanabe (special effects director)
- Theme Song: Green Slime
- Written by Sherry Gaden (uncredited)
- Arranged by Richard Delvy (uncredited)
- Robert Horton as Commander Jack Rankin
- Richard Jaeckel as Commander Vince Elliott
- Luciana Paluzzi as Dr. Lisa Benson
- Bud Widom as General Jonathan B. Thompson
- Ted Gunther as Dr. Hans Halversen
- Robert Dunham as Captain Martin
- David Yorston as Lieutenant Curtis
- Gary Randolf as Cordier
Special guest Doc Rotten instantly fell in love with The Green Slime the first time he heard the theme song, so much so that he yearns for a remake. He’s also a big fan of Richard Jaeckel’s work, pointing to his performances in William Girdler’s Grizzly (1976) and Day of the Animals (1977), and of director Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale, 2000). For Whitney, doing the podcast is like treasure hunting and this episode’s treasure is the cheesy fun of The Green Slime. She also singles out the work of special effects artists Yukio Monoda and Yokura Watanabe. Loving it from the first time he saw it, Chad still finds something new each time he watches The Green Slime. He also appreciates the cool science concepts and how much fun the monsters are. Jeff joins the lovefest, commenting on his affection for the terrible dialogue and admitting to a boyhood bromance with Robert Horton’s portrayal of Flint McCullough in Wagon Train (1957-1962).
Regular followers of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era know the Grue-Crew are always looking for a Batman connection and for The Green Slime, Chad and Doc point out maybe the biggest Batman connection possible. Screenplay co-writer Bill Finger was officially and legally recognized as the co-creator of Batman in 2015, the righting of a wrong that was long overdue. In the conversation, Chad also recommends Batman and Bill (2017), a documentary about Bill Finger and the fight to gain him the recognition he was due, currently streaming on Hulu.
Lastly, as promised by Doc, here are links to the theme song of The Green Slime as heard in the trailer and a longer version with a kickass guitar solo released as a single from MGM Records.
Currently, The Green Slime is still available on Blu-ray from Warner Brothers and can be streamed from a variety of VOD sources.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule chosen by Daphne, is Hammer’s Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) starring Christopher Lee.
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