1963/Director: Robert Hutton/Writers: Blair Robertson, Vance Skarstedt
Cast: Robert Hutton, Les Tremayne, Robert Burton, Susan Hart, William Boyce, Judee Morton ,John Close
Bad acting. terrible dialog, inane plot. These are the qualities that make 1963's The Slime People either the type of film that either gives the viewer a fun and rollicking evening of cheezy pleasure or causes him to lose what little faith he still clung to in the human race as a species worthy of dominating the planet. I, for better or worse, fall into the former category and have to admit I have been looking for a good copy of this online for a couple years now after having rented it on VHS ages ago and still recalling how unbelievable the viewing experience was. First of all I may offer some defense of this movie to the rest of society before trying to pander it to The Uranium Cafe film crowd. The movie was shot on a very low budget and the actors - with the exceptions of lead man and director Robert Hutton and B-Movie staples Les Tramanye and Robert Burton - were all basically unknowns, and thankfully remained unknowns afterward except for tertiary supporting roles. It was Hutton's only directing attempt in a long and essentially tormented acting career that in the end saw him shunned because of his extremely conservative political views and finally crippled from a broken back. The actors don't seem to be taking anything too seriously here and that adds to the film's enjoyment rather than diminishes it. Lastly the monster are not really too bad for your standard man in a suit fare. I have seen much worse and the modern man-in-a-suit monsters in John Gulager's Feast trilogy don't look much better. Like a lot of films from the period where budgets were limited the film relies on dialog and scientific explanations to fill up film. Luckily the dialog here is not of the so bad it is unlistenable variety but rather the so bad it is amusing type.