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SLIME CITY MASSACRE (2010)
Directed by Greg Lamberson
Written by Greg Lamberson
Starring Jennifer Bihl, Kealan Patrick Burke, Debbie Rochon, Robert C. Sabin, Brooke Lewis, Mary Bogle, Roy Frumkes, & Lee Perkins
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They say you can’t go home again, but writer/director Greg Lamberson doesn’t seem to know this. Lamberson is the creative madman who brought us the gory cult classic SLIME CITY waaaaaay back in 1988. In 2010, Lamberson revisited Slime City and put modern twist to it. SLIME CITY 1988 was a gory and surprisingly metaphorical story about addiction. In SLIME CITY MASSACRE, Lamberson continues to explore this topic with amplified gore and even more insightful metaphor.
A dirty bomb is dropped in New York City, turning it into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Now folks are desperate for food, shelter, and safety. One couple attempts to make it through the apocalypse and happen upon another couple, in hopes to survive by sharing food and amenities. Soon the quartet happen upon a secret room untouched by the dirty bomb which fans of the original film will recognize. In the room are bottles of elixir filled with what looks to be some kind of yogurt paste. Hungry, the couples dig in, but soon they realize that something is off. They act more impulsively and savagely and their bodies begin to lose their consistency. As slime begins to ooze from their pores, the survivors realize that in order to stop from becoming a puddle of slime, they must kill.
The science behind this film is wack-a-doodle, so if you like your horror sci fi on the realistic side, this may not be the film for you. But SLIME CITY MASSACRE excels at being inventive with its gore and expanding on the themes of addiction. Some of the effects are inspired. One man has bottles shoved into his eyes and when he leans forward, ooze and blood pour out the tops. One of the survivors decomposes into a puddle of ooze in a bathtub and urges her husband to kill in order for her to get her consistency back. The effects work is over the top, more reminiscent of early Troma, but still toe-curlingly gory.
The themes of addiction to both drugs and cults are also touched upon as the origins of the slime concoction are explained and the couples struggle to overcome their addiction to the elixir. In both cases, Lamberson shows that more than just a gorefest is going on here. With more than impressive scenes of practical effects and a pretty sophisticated handling of complex themes, SLIME CITY MASSACRE proves to be a thinking man’s gross-out horror film. It’s a whole lot of fun, too.