The Slime People
|The Slime People|
|Directed by||Robert Hutton|
|Produced by||Joseph F. Robertson|
|Written by||Blair Robertson, Vance Skarstedt|
|Music by||Lou Foman|
|Edited by||Don Henderson
|Distributed by||Donald J. Hansen Enterprises|
The Slime People is a 1963 horror film directed by Robert Hutton, who also starred in the film. The film was featured on the first season of the television show Mystery Science Theater 3000, as well as the 1986 syndicated series The Canned Film Festival.
The film was infamous for its extensive use of fog machines, with the fog becoming so thick towards the end that it is virtually impossible to see any of the actors.
The film concerns a race of subterranean reptile-men (dubbed "slime people", due to their slime-covered skin) who create a wall of "solidified fog" around Los Angeles and proceed to invade the city. A pilot (portrayed by Hutton) lands in Los Angeles after some flight difficulties, and finds the city almost deserted. He later encounters other survivors, including a Marine separated from his unit, and a scientist and his two daughters, and the group does their best to halt the further invasion of the slime people.
- Robert Hutton as Tom Gregory
- Les Tremayne as Norman Tolliver
- Robert Burton as Prof. Galbraith
- Susan Hart as Lisa Galbraith
- William Boyce as Cal Johnson
- Judee Morton as Bonnie Galbraith
- John Close as Vince Williams
Filmed at the KTLA television studio, the film ran out of money after nine days of shooting; the cast completed the film without pay. Additional sequences were shot at Whitman Field airport in Pacoima, Los Angeles and Mandeville Canyon. Producer Joseph F. Robinson recalled that the filmmakers originally intended to feature midgets as giant voles, who would serve as the advance guard of the invasion, but the sequence was so bad it was cut from the released film. Robinson stated that the film was shot for around $80,000 and featured eight costumes worn by stuntmen. Because of the film's low budget, actress Susan Hart (cast solely due to her looks) was only given $35 to buy her own wardrobe. In an interview with Hutton, he said that neither he nor the stuntmen were paid for their work in the film, and that the slime people costumes cost over half of the film's budget. Richard Arlen was the original choice to play Prof. Galbraith, but Robert Burton took the role. Burton died of cancer shortly after filming.
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Critical reception for the film has been negative.
TV Guide gave the film a negative review, awarding it 1 out of 4 stars. Allmovie also panned The Slime People, calling it "cheap" and "inept", and further stated that the film only worked in short spurts.
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- Eder, Bruce. "The Slime People (1963) - Review - AllMovie". AllMovie.com. Bruce Eder. Retrieved 24 November 2014.