Remake, Reboot, or Rest in Peace? Green Slime

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Man has looked out to space in wonder
For thousands of years.
Sometimes thinking that life could be somewhere
And now — now it’s here!

Green Slime!!!

One of the best worst movies ever. Kind of sacred ground, if you know what I mean. So why even consider anything but a RIP vote?

Yes, the movie is bad. The dialogue? Wretched. Cite one memorable quote. Just one. I can’t. And I like the movie. The only thing worse than the dialogue? The acting and the special effects.

The best parts of the movie, hands down, are the theme song and the cinematography. Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku. Name sound familiar? It should. Primarily known to western audiences for his work on the 1970’s WWII epic ‘Tora! Tora! Tora!’ and more recently for ‘Battle Royale.’ Yeh. That movie.

In 2011, writer and movie reviewer John Kenneth Muir penned that ‘…a producer could actually mount a shot-for-shot remake of The Green Slime in Hollywood today — featuring big-name actors and upgraded special effects — and it would probably be pretty damned good.’ It’s hard to disagree.

As bad as it is–and it is bad–it influenced the genre and inspired a generation of young writers and film makers. Multiple games, tabletop and computer, were modelled after it as well.

“The Awful Green Things from Outer Space” Designer Tom Wham said “I wish to make it perfectly clear that I have not been to see the movie Alien. I did, however, enjoy the movie Green Slime. If you manage to catch it on the late show some night, it is sure to put you in the mood for a game of Awful Green Things. Other inspiration came from the many space operas that I’ve read involving a struggle with aliens for control of a spaceship. There are quite a few of these, you know.”

Board Game The Awful Green Things From Outer SpaceCurrent CGI can make a little budget go a long way. Use the rest for a decent cast and a good director like Valerie Weiss or Lexi Alexander. I’m admittedly prejudiced towards Kathryn Bigelow, Her “Strange Days” is still one of my favourites.

And for the ever important soundtrack? One band. Atlanta’s

Royal Thunder

So please, Remake!

Trivia: Green Slime was bad enough to be selected for the pilot episode of MST3K