2022 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 19: The Green Slime (1968)

19. DRIPS: Blood, sweat, goop, tears, slime, or questionable muck is a must here.

Known in Japan as Ganmā Daisan Gō: Uchū Daisakusen or Gamma 3: The Great Space War, this was directed by Kinji Fukasaku (Battles Without Honor or HumanityBattle RoyaleMessage from Space) and written by American screenwriters Tom Rowe, Charles Sinclair and Bill Finger, the uncredited for decades co-creator of Batman. It was shot with a Japanese crew and has non-Japanese actors Robert Horton, Richard Jaeckel and Luciana Paluzzi in the lead roles. A  co-production between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Ram Films and Toei, this had MGM paying and providing the script, along with Toei hiring the film crew and getting a location to shoot this.

Commander Jack Rankin (Horton) takes command of space station Gamma 3 with the goal of destroying Flora, an asteroid about to end all life on Earth. Along with Commander Vince Elliot (Jaeckel) and science officer Dr. Hans Halversen (Ted Gunther) to set bombs off on the surface of the asteroid, but they end up bringing back some of that green slime. That slime starts eating any energy it can and turns into one-eyed creatures that love to kill humans.

As we’re getting into the United Nations nature of this movie, it all started in Italy, as years before MGM had contracted Antonio Margheriti to direct four movies about the adventures of space station Gamma One: Wild, Wild Planet, War of the Planets, War Between the Planets and Snow Devils. MGM was so happy with these movies that they released them theatrically. This was intended by producers Walter Manley and Ivan Reiner as the fifth film in the series.

Charles Fox, who wrote the theme song for this film, would go on to co-write “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” the Wonder Woman theme and music for Barbarella. It has Randy Nauert on sitar, Richard Delvy playing drums as well as producing and arranging, Rick Lancelot singing, Rob Edwards on guitar and Paul Tanner playing Theremin.

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