‘Up from the bowels of the Earth come…’
The Slime People is a 1963 American science fiction horror film directed by actor Robert Hutton (his only directorial effort, although he co-wrote the script for Persecution) from a screenplay by Blair Robertson (The Phantom Gunslinger), Joseph F. Robertson [as Vance Skarstedt] (Auntie Lee’s Meat Pies).
Robert Hutton – Man Without a Body; The Vulture; Trog
Les Tremayne – The Monolith Monsters; The Angry Red Planet; The Monster of Piedras Blancas
Robert Burton – I Was a Teenage Frankenstein
Susan Hart – City in the Sea; Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine; Ghost in the Invisible Bikini
A race of subterranean reptile-men (dubbed “slime people” due to their slime-covered skin) create a wall of “solidified fog” around Los Angeles and proceed to invade the city. A pilot (Robert Hutton) lands in Los Angeles after some difficulties in flight, only to find the city almost deserted. Later, he encounters other survivors, including a scientist and his two daughters and the group does their best to halt the further invasion of the Slime People…
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 was mocked on the television show Mystery Science Theater 3000, as well as a featured episode of the 1986 syndicated series, The Canned Film Festival.
Filmed at the KTLA television studio, the film ran out of money after nine days’ shooting; the cast completed the film without pay. According to director Hutton in a 1989 interview, designing and making the slime people costumes consumed over half the film’s entire budget.
“When dumb-ass monsters, lame action scenes, awful dialog, bad acting and clunky direction are the best things one can point out about a movie, the viewer is in for either (A) a tasty pan-load of warm, gooey cinematic cheese, or (B) a serious bout of deep hurting. The Slime People leans towards the former — provided your tolerance for schlock runs very high.” Eccentric Cinema
“The slime people looked halfway decent (when you could see them through the fog). It’s too bad there were at most only 3 of them in any given shot. As I said before, it was hard to imagine that anybody was being “overrun” by them. Another irritating thing about this film was the overuse of the smoke machines.” The Monster Shack
“The Slime People has become a minor treat for those who love classic monster-movie camp. You’ll chuckle over the flat dialogue… the female characters who do nothing but scream and complain, and the poor lighting and static camera angles, and of course the lumbering Slime Men.” David Elroy Goldweber, Claws & Saucers
Cast and characters:
- 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
Posted by Will Holland