Robert Horton reunites with his Green Slime co-star Luciana Paluzzi in November 2009. Photo by Brett Homenick.
I had the distinct privilege of interviewing Mr. Horton about The Green Slime in mid-2008. He had a wonderful sense of humor about the film and was completely honest with how he felt about it. (More on that a bit later.) When I finished transcribing the interview, I mailed him a hard copy of the transcript, and he made a few notes on it about some changes that needed to be made. Working with Mr. Horton on the interview was a lot of fun all around.
Meeting Robert Horton for the first time at an autograph show in Los Angeles, November 2009.
I spent the early part of the show at Luciana Paluzzi's table, talking with and assisting her. But, when it was time for The Green Slime to screen, I joined the audience. Robert Horton himself was in the audience, and I was surprised to see him watching the film with a big smile on his face. Even though I was sitting a bit far away, I could tell he was having a blast watching the film with the rest of us. During the Q&A, he confirmed that he had a change of heart and specifically praised the first third of the film as having been well done. What a pleasant surprise that was!
Robert Horton prepares to sign autographs at his table. Photo by Brett Homenick.
In the summer of 2012, I stayed in Los Angeles for about a week at the home of Ib and Cleo Melchior. During that stay, I made an appointment to visit Mr. Horton at his home. I brought my laptop to show him the photos of the Great Buddha statue in Kamakura (which he visited in Japan during the making of The Green Slime). We had a great time chatting. I only wish I could have stayed longer.
Visiting Robert Horton at his home in the summer of 2012.
In his memory, I have posted my 2008 interview with Mr. Horton on Vantage Point Interviews. If you enjoy The Green Slime, it's certainly well worth a read.
Thank you for everything, Mr. Horton. Your friends and fans will always remember you.