mutation, assimilation, modification, and the impact of technology, science, and industry on the human body and its form (with some…
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!
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…
Have always had a soft spot for this film since I was a kid having first watched it on VHS. It was hard to not be intrigued by a movie with this title. I'm happy Scream Factory put it out on Blu-ray and it looks pretty great. It may not be a classic but it reminds me of my childhood roaming the halls of the video store. Plus the guy melts for 80 minutes. It does live up to its title.
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…
A space mission to fly through the Rings of Saturn goes horribly wrong and of the capsule's three Astronauts only Steve West (Alex Rebar) survives.
But he returns to Earth a changed man.
The cosmic radiation has transformed Steve into a murderous creature who needs live Human cells to slow down the rate at which his body is....melting.
And Steve's just escaped.
His friend, and NASA scientist, Dr. Ted Nelson (Burr DeBenning) has to try and catch Steve while keeping his dreadful change a secret.......
Pretty much brushed off with snobby disdain nowadays, "The Incredible Melting Man" is in fact a fun and grue drenched 'Creature Feature' that delivers pretty much everything a Sci-fi/Horror fan could ever want.
Definitely has somewhat of a premise of a classic monster movie from the 1950's per se. Only bringing you a nasty edge that a movie from the late seventies can bring you via a radiated, blood and puss infested mess!!!!
Do you think there was a credible melting man?
Wonderfully gelatinous, gooey effects for the titular menace... Elsewhere the kind of humdrum by-the-numbers B-movie time killing that we've come to expect. Performances nearly all hitting "that'll do" on the ambition scale. There are some so-bad-it's-good moments, for sure, but it'd be a stretch to call this a guilty pleasure.
One and half stars for the great creature effects from a young Rick Baker and Rob Bottin. Everything else is dreadful. The acting, the writing, the editing, the staging and photography. MST3K level stuff here.
Just enough inexplicable weirdness to keep the thing barely oozing along:
A manned mission to Saturn in an Apollo style orbiter.
An extremely long take of an overweight nurse running down a hallway towards the camera in slow motion.
That same nurse choosing to run straight through a plate glass door instead of opening it like a normal human.
An elderly couple who stop to pick lemons on their way to a diner party long after dark.
The world's most ineffective and least dedicated search crew.
A slow motion shot of a decapitated head going over a water fall and smashing open on the rocks below. This shot is special.
Wish it was stranger but , what can ya do?
Amazing movie with exceptional makeup effects for the time. A forgotten classic.
Actually, not that incredible.
More like The Incredible Melting Man Named Steve Whose Homicidal Patience Is Admirable And Whose Obsession With The Space Flight That Brought Him To This State Is Understandable (If Not Poorly Conveyed By The Shot-Recycling Fuckwits Responsible For This Film) And Whose Pursuers, Including Noted Egoist Dr. Ted Nelson, Are More Interested In Having Inappropriate Conversations About Miscarriages And Leftover Turkey Drumsticks Than In Pursuing The Homicidal Maniac Who Happens To Be Both Incredible And Melting (And The Two Fucking Idiot Step-Parents Of Dr. Ted Nelson Who Think It's A Good Idea To Steal Lemons In The Middle Of The Night) (And The Shortest Game Of Hide And Seek In Recorded History) (And The Most Hilarious Slow-Motion Sequence / Glass-Door…
This movie is hilarious and super gross and fairly campy and kind of fantastic for a lot of reasons.
Released on blu-ray by Arrow this month, this is just a great b-movie. Don't look for any high-falluting qualities, it's just schlock horror that's solely for non-critical entertainment. Cool Rick Baker make-up too.
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