All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
The Incredible Melting Man
The First New Horror Creature
An astronaut exposed to cosmic rays outside of Saturn's rings returns to Earth and begins to melt away. Escaping from the hospital, he wanders around the backwoods looking for human flesh to eat.
I absolutely loved this movie! Holy cow, it's the best. I don't know where to start so I'm just going to list things:
1) Dr. Ted Nelson is the absolute best. As my fiance put it, he perpetually looks like he's misplaced his wallet. Like he's just slightly annoyed and put upon in every situation he finds himself in. Like he's misplaced his wallet and he's not completely late, but like he could be if he doesn't find it RIGHT NOW.
We were dying when the movie cuts to him at least three separate times rolling his eyes and huffing when the police officer is berating him for not divulging classified information. Or when he asks…
Uhhh did everyone improvise all their dialogue with strict orders to act like they're on Valium? Every actor looks like they have no idea what's going on... Tension on set? Maybe everyone is high on Ludes??? Did Ed Wood Ghost Direct this???????
Seriously one of the worst movies of all time with the BEST Make-up Effects of it's time - the movie looks so good in HD and is fun to laugh at.... until it never ends!
It takes some time to figure out what kind of bad movie "The Incredible Melting Man" truly is. Is it a good bad movie? The kind that is fun, watchable, and poorly assembled in some way, inspiring laughter but maybe a little respect for an element that was done right. Is it a bad bad movie? The kind that wastes an audience's time as early as the opening credits with its total ineptitude. Is it a sad bad movie? The kind where the filmmakers have no idea how horribly the film they are making is crashing down around them. Whichever the case may be, "The Incredible Melting Man" is, at the very least, a bad film.
The story follows an…
"OK, but you can't tell anyone else. Not even your wife."
"Ted, you know I'm not married."
Everything about this film is completely off. The dialogue is utterly bizarre, the score is all over the place and every scene drags on for slightly too long. And yet... it's wonderful. Rick Baker's astonishing make-up creates a memorable creature out of STEVE (I love how they always just call him STEVE), an astronaut who dared to fly too close to Saturn, or something. Doctor Ted Nelson is perhaps the greatest hero in all science fiction, hunting down his old friend with a Geiger counter, visibly pissed off throughout.
It's just the best. If you're going to put superlatives in a film's title, you have to make sure the experience lives up to it (cc. Amazing Spider Man) but in this case it absolutely did.
My buddy Jocke have an adorable daughter, Adélè. Here's my advice for them both: when Adélè has grown up to be a smart, brilliant young lady, she MUST start a science project at school. That project will deal with one of the biggest mysteries in the universe: why an utterly boring, slow and uneventful movie like The Incredible Melting Man can be so amazingly entertaining and likable.
That's it. Over and out.
One of the great pleasures of buying blu rays, is the experience of watching something totally abysmal in way better quality than it deserves. In none of my collection is this more apparent than "The Incredible Melting Man" which has far better video than a lot of prestigious studio titles, all while displaying an ineptness in acting and editing that you would rarely see outside of a vhs tape. Throw in a couple of documentaries and a director commentary and I can say this was a great purchase and something I look forward to throwing on with some friends.
The plot concerns Super Mario's astronaut brother who flies too close to the "rings of saturn" and wakes up too find…
"Just plain awful" "B-Movie cheese that's so bad it's good" - 2 statements I couldn't really argue with, for me the film lands awkwardly somewhere between these two opinions. Plot and script are vacantly embarrasingly poor but with the wonderful oozy special effects of Rick Baker, the fact that the film is nonsense doesn't matter too much with the glorious melting man and his victims stealing the show; but ultimately the film didn't fully click as a guilty pleasure because it's just not 'fun' or 'scary' enough and I'm left feeling that Rick Baker's special effects works deserved better here.
The melting man's aimless wandering for most of the film is like an ultra-gory 50s Z-grade flick. But the ending is surprisingly elegant and the final complete-melt sequence is one of the all-time great horror moments. Very oozy.
The acting in this movie is beyond terrible
I've seen this once before, with a bunch of mates about 20 years ago, and we all hated it and agreed that it was the longest 80 minutes of our lives.
I'm not really sure why, because it turns out it's lots of fun. Perhaps it was because there's no plot development whatsoever: astronaut returns from Saturn all melty and homicidal, and a doctor tries to stop him. That's all that happens. Or perhaps it's because the big, portentous orchestral score makes it seem as though the film's taking itself too seriously.
I have no idea why, aged 20ish, we didn't just enjoy the film for what it is: a showcase for Rick Baker's gross-out makeup FX. The whole thing…
One of the worst movies ever made, you say? To hell with the Rotten Tomatoes system, The Incredible Melting Man is a gloriously sleazy and unintentionally hilarious updating of the low-budget drive-in monster flicks of the 50's and 60's with juicier gore effects (provided by the great Rick Baker, who really didn't want to be involved with this picture but had no choice when the producers agreed to meet his absurd price) than you expect from a 1977 American-International Pictures release. It as lurid as the purest schlock cinema and it boasts a great slime beast of a psycho astronaut with a nasty case of the runs and a so-called hero who thinks that the fact that he is Dr.…
Rewatched as part of a group online viewing.
Charmingly gross, but either too silly or not silly enough – I'm not sure which.
Melting Man, Melting Man
Does whatever a melting can
Dripping flesh, all the time
A cosmonaut with a melting mind
Look out! Here comes the Melting Man
On rollerblades, too.
Wikipedia notes: Michael J. Nelson, the show's head writer who also plays a fictional character of the same name, spoke disparagingly about the film while describing it to the press: "The plot is--and I'm not kidding here--the plot is, a guy is melting. That's the plot."
Watching the interviews that accompany the film, everyone from the director to the actors to the cinematographer are basically apologizing for the movie they made.
And you know what? I think they just gave in to the hype. I didn't see it in 1977, so I will never have that context, but for me it was the best kind of exploitation entertainment, from the first moment to the last.
Michael J. Nelson is correct:…
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