Saturday, June 23, 2012

Slime City Massacre (2010)

Did the world really want a sequel to Greg Lamberson's "Slime City"? It's a fun movie  that has a devoted cult following, but in comparison to other oddities from the late 80's ("Brain Damage" and "Street Trash" for example), it's relatively obscure. Hell, I'm sure that if you asked many horror fans about it, the answer would usually be "Hmm, never heard of that one." Nonetheless, Lamberson saw it fit to do a sequel, and the end result is "Slime City Massacre."

In the future, New York has been attacked by a dirty bomb, leaving an area called "Slime City" evacuated...except for the homeless. Squatters Alexa (Jennifer Bihl), Cory (Kealan Patrick Burke), Mason (Lee Perkins) and Alice (Debbie Rochon) go looking for food, and find some tasty elixir and yogurt...which is actually the essence of an occult leader known as Zachary (Robert C. Sabin.) As they begin to turn into mutated, slime covered beings with a hunger for sex and violence, a greedy developer (Roy Fumkes) wants the population of Slime City wiped out so he can build something out of it. This all leads to a last stand between the mutating squatters and a mercenary team.

Like the prior movie, "Slime City Massacre" does have it's share of flaws. While a few are expected from such a low budget (namely some uneven performances) here it's the use of social commentary. I appreciate that Lamberson seems to be trying to touch on issues like the mindset of post 9/11 America, the effects capitalism has on the homeless, and out countries apathetic approach towards it's homeless, but its mostly handled in a rather sloppy manner. I also didn't care for many of the songs used, as I thought they were a bit lacking and kind of annoying. Then again, that's just a personal preference, so that's not a major complaint.

All of that being said, there's also quite a bit to like here. One of the things this movie has over the previous one is that the lead performances are actually good, especially from Perkins and Rochon. Hell, the characters they play might not be the most complex ones, but at least they kept my interest. I also liked the retro style score, which uses actual guitars and synthesizers for a change. It's refreshing to hear that instead of the usual "Let's use Pro-Tools and Garage Band in an attempt to sound retro" sound you usually get from movies like this. Oh, and don't worry, Lamberson hasn't forgotten the real reason you want to watch this-blood and monsters, and he delivers in spades, with a third act massacre and a nice little surprise nearing the end involving brains that brought a smile to my face. Hell, it even has a cameo from Lloyd Kaufman that's actually funny for a change.

As a whole, nobody is going to hail this as a game changing classic, but that's okay. It never sets out to be that. If you are a fan of the original "Slime City", of 80's exploitation, the whole Neo-Grindhouse thing, or odd low budget genre movies, then this will certainly be of interest.

Rating: 6.5/10

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