The Slime People (1963)

The Slime People (1963)

Directed by: Robert Hutton

Starring: Robert Hutton, Les Tremayne, Robert Burton

See that little arrow on the poster pointing at a monster’s mouth? It encourages you to put your ear there, so you can hear the “truth” about something. Was there originally like a little speaker behind the poster where they played spooky sounds or something? I can’t find anywhere that has any information about it, so I’m just going to pretend that yes, that’s exactly what it was. Because that’s cool.

LA and Hollywood have been evacuated because a race of slimy monsters from the sewers have come up to the surface to kill people. A small group of people are stuck in the city, as the fog the slime people use to lower the temperature of the surface so they can survive can also harden and become an impenetrable wall. Unfortunately, it turns out that both the fog and the slime people themselves are startlingly weak against simple table salt, and the whole invasion is defeated by four people.

This was the subject of an early (and honestly not very good) episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and it’s kinda cool to see it without that treatment. Mostly because the copy of the MST3K I have is really bad, and with this I finally got to see the monster costumes, which are actually pretty awesome. It’s also pretty neat that the monsters are intelligent and use spears to attack people, instead of the norm for these kinds of movies where they just shuffle along with their arms outstretched and hug people to death. Still, the rest of it is a really formulaic 50’s horror movie, and other than those monsters, it’s pretty unremarkable.

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