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
Jun 1, 1977 Wide
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.
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.
"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.
The title promises a melting man and damn it, we get a man who is melting.
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.
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.
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.
When it makes moral statements, the film is at its best, although that's not saying a whole lot. The dialog is simplistic.
Gooey and disgusting, and not in a good way.
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