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The Slime People (1963)

Cast: John Close, William Boyce, Robert Burton, more...
Director: Robert Hutton
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Rhino Home Video
Genre: Science Fiction , Killer Critters
Running Time: 76 min.
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Synopsis
Tom Gregory (Robert Hutton), a Los Angeles-based sports reporter, is flying into L.A. and lands his private plane after a rough descent through some kind of opaque midair disturbance, only to find the airport deserted. He meets Professor Galvin (Robert Burton) and his two daughters, Bonnie (Judee Morton) and Lisa (Susan Hart), who tell him that the city has been overrun by huge, hulking slime-covered subterraneans called Slime People, who appeared out of the sewers and other underground water concentrations. Appearing out of a strange thick fog apparently generated by a device of their own, they've killed hundreds, possibly thousands, panicked the population, fought the army to a standstill, and have now cut off the city with a wall of solidified fog. Gregory doesn't believe them completely, despite the presence of slaughtered corpses on the highways and back roads, until he gets to the television station where he works and screens the news footage. The quartet also makes contact with a young marine, Calvin Johnson (William Boyce), who was cut off from his unit and left for dead by the creatures. They manage to elude the Slime People and try to work out a plan for survival, making contact along the way with Norman Talliver (Les Tremayne), an eccentric writer, who is soon dispatched by the creatures. They discover the Slime People are impervious to harm by bullets or other convention weapons, their skin sealing up any wound instantly, but they can be killed by their own hollow-pointed spears, which don't allow wounds to close. That helps in fighting them off one-on-one, and the professor's reasoning that salt would be effective against slug-like creatures gives them a second weapon against the Slime People. But clearing them all out and freeing the city requires an assault against the creatures' own stronghold, which becomes even more essential when Bonnie is taken prisoner. Gregory and Cal manage to keep the Slime People busy long enough for the professor to destroy their fog-generating device. Overwhelmed by fresh air and sunlight, the Slime People start to collapse dead in their tracks, and the army is soon back in charge, doing what amounts to a literal mopping up operation. ~ Bruce Eder, All Movie Guide

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Slime Time by Tiger February 11, 2009 - 9:52 PM PST
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Previous to a recent viewing of this short made-for-TV movie I had only seen it once before. I was about five years old and it was soooo scary!! Heh. Fast-forward 35 years and it's sooo bad! The basic premise is still kinda neat; Los Angeles is shrouded in a thick fog manufactured by an invading army of subterranean creatures, but beyond that, it's much more hilarity than horror.

After Los Angeles is evacuated, the Slimes erect a dome of solidified fog to prevent anyone from entering or exiting their newly conquered city. Due to a quirk in the domes construction, newsman Tom Gregory (Robert Hutton) manages to land his single-prop plane at an airport. Tom is met there by Professor Exposition (aka Galvin) and the prof's two pretty daughters (Daughter Bonnie is almost painfully perky as she describes the recent horrific events). They all cruise around an abandoned L.A. in huge '50s era automobiles seeking refuge in unlikely places such as a TV studio and a butcher's shop. (I will never ever forget that turkey legs sold for 38 cents in 1962). Along the way they pick up Cal the Marine (William Boyce), who looks like Conan O'Brien, and the goat-toting writer, Norman Tolliver (Les Treymane). Together they have several skirmishes with the rubbery hunchbacked Slimes -who I still think look nifty- as they battle their way to freedom!

It's shot in stark B&W and I found it vaguely reminiscent of Night of the Living Dead.




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