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The Incredible Melting Man (1977)


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Essentially a seedy '70s version of The Quatermass Experiment, this painfully cheap production from writer/director William Sachs involves the horrific plight of returning astronaut Steve West (Alex Rebar), the sole survivor of a disastrous expedition to the rings of Saturn. The fatal outcome of the mission apparently involved the discovery of a space-borne virus, or radiation, or something (it's never made quite clear) that killed the rest of the crew and is causing West's flesh to melt and


Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror

William Sachs

Orion Home Video

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This Z-grade effort, lacking any low-budget energy, takes its cue from the central character: it's tacky and bumbling and sinks into its own morass long before its subject finally dribbles apart, slurp, glub.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Each spring brings similar releases to fill the need of drive-in operators for something cheap to put on the screen for the kids in the cars to ignore or laugh at.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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"Oh, my God, it's his ear!" And so it goes with The Incredible Melting Man, a piece of sci-fi cheese so pungent that it was honored with its very own Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode.

August 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

The title promises a melting man and damn it, we get a man who is melting.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Even if The Incredible Melting Man were deliberately retro, re-creating the look and feel of a stultifying drive-in undercard isn't exactly a laudable achievement.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Everything in the movie is corny, cheesy, bad, or some combination thereof. I'd call the performances wooden, but that would be an insult to wood.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

The movie almost begs for 'Batman'-style sound-effect captions, but provided by Don Martin: 'Sklishity, skloshity!' when the Melting Man leaves his gluey footprints; 'Poit! when his eyeball plops to the ground.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

When it makes moral statements, the film is at its best, although that's not saying a whole lot. The dialog is simplistic.

December 10, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A rather clunky, atrociously acted potboiler.

May 27, 2006 Full Review Source:

Gooey and disgusting, and not in a good way.

May 11, 2006
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Audience Reviews for The Incredible Melting Man

The Incredible Melting Man is a decent B movie that displays some impressive special effects with a so-so storyline. This is one of those movies that should have been truly a memorable addition to the genre, but as it stands it's a mildly entertaining film that should have been much better than the finished product. Despite the so-so ideas on-screen, this is still a worthwhile film to watch due to effective effects, which are sure to please the most diehard gore hound. The film has a decent plot, but it could have been developed a bit more to really make this one stand out. I read that this film received a lot of flack; however I think it doesn't deserve all the negativity it has received. This film despite all its imperfections is a benchmark in special effects design and influenced many films years later. There are no standout performances as this is more a horror film that is designed to be a vehicle for its effects. With a decent story that is of course predictable, but is a fun film for what it is. If you enjoy low budget Schlock fests, then The Incredible Melting Man is the film to watch. Rick Baker's effects are the best aspect of the film, and really is the reason to watch the film. I enjoyed the film for what it was, and thought it was a really creative horror picture in terms of special effects, however the film could have benefitted from a rewrite in terms of storyline. Adding more depth to the film's story would have made The Incredible Melting Man a standout horror picture. Worth checking out and it is a gooey good time from start to finish despite its shortcomings.
June 22, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Cheesy body-melt movie about an Astronaught who arrives back on earth after being hit by a solar wave in space which has caused his body to slowly melt away forcing him to kill and feed on others to renew his cells. Silly low-budget fun overall. The highlight of the movie is Rick Baker's gooey make-up effects. Most of the kills are off-screen but the gory aftermath is often shown in all its messiness. The Melting Man himself looks suitably disgusting constantly dripping with pus and blood. It's enjoyable for what it is, well worth checking out!
July 14, 2011
Lee ?

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Campy fun for those times when you're in the mood for some '70's cheese. Gotta love a monster that leaves a trail of ooze and misc. body parts - an ear here, an eyeball there, etc,, etc., etc.
October 6, 2010
Randy Tippy

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