Slime People, The (1963)

Slime People, The (1963)

“It looks as if the slime people have won — for now.”

A pilot (Robert Hutton) landing in fog-filled Los Angeles learns from a professor (Robert Burton) and his two daughters (Susan Hart and Judee Morton) that the city has been overrun by reptilian Slime Men emerging from underneath the ground. Joined by a Marine (William Boyce), the small group of survivors attempts to fight back against the monsters while developing romantic relationships.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Mutant Monsters
  • Science Fiction
  • Survival

Appropriately lampooned by MST3K, this clunker of a low-budget ’50s monster flick is hard to watch — literally. About half the movie is filmed in a deep (deliberate) mist of fog meant to represent a solidified wall constructed by the Slime Men, thus leaving audiences simply listening to the characters interacting and guessing at who’s on set. The monsters’ costumes are the most effective element of the film by far (see still below), and they’re revealed within the first few minutes, making it unnecessary to sit through the rest unless you’re a serious fan of awful cinema.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • The effective monster costumes (which apparently consumed half the film’s ~$80K budget)

Must See?
No; definitely feel free to skip this one. Listed as a Camp Classic in the back of Peary’s book.


One thought on “Slime People, The (1963)

  1. First viewing (original version; not MST3K). Agreed; skip it.

    I may have said this before, but – if an incompetent film isn’t at least
    ‘fun-dumb’ or ‘fun-bad’, it’s wasting the viewer’s time (unless Mike Nelson is around, maybe). A ‘fun’ quality needs to be a prerequisite for inclusion on lists of recommended films.

    This is just another example of the kind of turkey that can make one appreciate the ‘talent’ of Ed Wood.

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