Whether you feel the trailer looks a bit tacky or not, you cannot deny that Slime City Massacre looks like a whole load of fun, a guilty pleasure if you please. It doesn’t look like it will break any new ground, and certainly won’t win any awards, but it looks like it has a good sense of humour, a good idea of fun and, more importantly, does not take itself too seriously. This is actually a sequel to Gregory Lamberson’s Slime City from 1988.
This new film will be released theatrically through indieFilmNet’s Cinema Meets Horror, which is part of a new way indie filmmakers are getting their works seen before they hit DVD, Bluray and VOD. Again directed by Gregory Lamberson, here are the plot details:
In the wake of a “dirty bomb” attack, a New York City neighborhood known as “Slime City” has been evacuated, except for the homeless (“displaced refugees”). Four squatters searching for food in the ruins of the Zachary Devon Soup Kitchen (Jennifer Bihl, Kealan Patrick Burke, Debbie Rochon, Lee Perkins) discover a supply of Zachary Devon’s Home Brewed Elixir and Himalayan Yogurt. When they drink the elixir and eat the yogurt, they are transformed into hideous slime creatures driven to murder – an intermediate step as they are possessed by the spirits of Zachary Devon (Robert Sabin) and the members of his Coven of Flesh, who committed suicide years earlier. When a greedy developer (Roy Frumkes) sets his sites on Slime City, he hires a team of mercenaries (Nelron Hubbard, Tommy Sweeney, T.J. Merrick, Eric Mache, and Nicholas John Morgan Anderson) to wipe out the homeless population. It’s a battle royal between the Slime Heads.
And here is the press release about the Cinema Meets Horror idea:
From the Press Release: “The media landscape has changed so drastically that the release pattern for independent films is changing as well,” says Lamberson, who wrote and directed SCM. “Filmmakers used to hope for a theatrical release, a VHS or DVD release, and then cable play. Now, with Video on Demand and streaming, everyone’s scrambling to find a new formula that works. IndieFilmNet is offering alternative programming at a time when big studios and multiplexes control what genre fans see on the big screen.”
IndieFilmNet, based in Montreal, Canada, offers programming to a network of 50 digital cinemas in the US, 10 in Canada, and additional theaters around the world. Although IFN specializes in art house fare such as documentaries, operas, and repertory classics, the company has already programmed such grindhouse fare as Hobo with a Shotgun and El Monstro Del Mar! with success.
“Horror and midnight movies have a rabid and dedicated fan base in almost every city,” says Bob Golibersuch, IFN director of movie programming and owner of the Screening Room Cinema Cafe, home to the Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival. “We intend to combine midnight classics and undiscovered thrillers with the new crop of indie horror movies to create a series of titles that will satisfy horror fans and be an exciting group experience in a big screen setting.”
Lamberson sees the theatrical release of SCM as a major victory. “The original Slime City developed its reputation as a midnight movie back in 1988, but it only played at one theater in New York City for five weekends. IFN will offer Slime City Massacre to 60 theaters, which can screen it whenever they want. Because the theater owners have the unique flexibility to customize the release to their need, we don’t have to worry about a ‘make or break’ opening weekend. It’s the digital age equivalent of a drive-in run.”
By Matt Wavish