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X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes Reviews

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September 6, 2013
This was a pretty decent film featuring Ray Milland as Dr. James Xavier who does experiments in trying to help people see further than what they already can. After several failed attempts he uses his technology on himself and gives himself the ability to have X-ray eyes, which sounds awesome, but makes the doctor go crazy since he no longer can see correctly. This film has a Sci Fi/horror fix to it and is pretty good.
Charlie J.
August 10, 2013
A true cautionary tale from the master b-movie maker.
July 3, 2013
The simple direction, and strong plot drives the film, ignoring the lack of strength in most of the cast. Nevertheless, it's still a pretty interesting dark film. It contains the true essence of what a work of horror fiction is, by not giving the audience a scare, but rather by giving it motives, a story that they can understand and can make them feel unease, trembling by just thinking about it.
March 22, 2013
Exceptional idea, written well. Top notch special effects, and voyeurism, for the time. Ray Milland working with Corman was a great idea - with a believably low Don Rickles.
Marcus W

Super Reviewer

December 15, 2012
Very decent 1960's science-fiction. Definitely worthy of remaking...
October 28, 2012
Utterly stupid. The trailer contains the complete story so watch that instead and move on to something else.
June 17, 2012
deffintatly one of those movies about "be careful what you wish for"
May 13, 2012
a classic, but not riveting.
March 31, 2012
A surgeon acquires the ability to see through everything (including dames' dresses) in one of Roger Corman's best films, which takes a theological turn when the protagonist's vision becomes limitless.
March 13, 2012
"I've come to tell you what I see. There are great darknesses. Farther than time itself. And beyond the darkness... a light that glows, changes... and in the centre of the universe... the eye that sees us all."
A masterpiece from horror maestro Roger Corman. Dr. James Xavier develops eyedrops intended to increase the range of human vision, allowing one to see beyond the "visible" spectrum into the ultraviolet and x-ray wavelengths and beyond. These maverick researchers being what they are, he decides to test the eyedrops on himself. This is a bad idea. My favourite actor Ray Milland plays Xavier as a boffin of the old school - he uses a bunsen burner to light a fag, and he can't help but enjoy the benefits of his enhanced vision when surrounded by dancing girls at a party (they're in the buff you see). But then it all starts to go wrong and he sees too much. So much that he can't comprehend what he's seeing and it drives him mad. It's a brilliant little film and although the 1963 special effects will probably leave many pairs of 21st century eyes quite unimpressed, to me they just add to the immense charm of the piece. A film that will make you very uneasy about using Optrex. SPECTARAMA!
July 27, 2009
One of the best from Roger Corman
January 28, 2012
a classic, but not riveting.
January 24, 2012
"Why Do You Want To See So Much?" Mad Scientist Ray Milland invents some pretty potent eye drops that empower him with X-Ray Vision. When a table of tightwad businessmen refuse to fund his research, he does it anyway thanks to some irresponsible friends and a monkey. Of course the eye drops cause madness and murder and Milland must hide in a freakshow managed by the huckster Don Rickles. Roger Corman had directed 37 films prior to this one, and a bunch of those are better than this...but a bunch of those are also much worse than X. And that's where I'd rank it--The Middle. VF.
July 29, 2011
While it's a watchable movie, I was expecting more philosophy to accompany the extra-dimensional perception, along the lines of Incredible Shrinking Man, but was disappointed. Ray Milland thrashes around dramatically to good effect though, and those contact lenses are really cool. Not a total waste of time.
July 24, 2011
This is a fantastic old school B-picture classic from the notorious Roger Corman. I Seen this once as a kid, it still holds up, especially that shocking ending!

Super Reviewer

March 24, 2011
An interesting movie with a very original plot about a scientist who gets x-ray vision when he gives himself eyes medicine. It delivers a fair amount of suspense, unsettling atmosphere and enough ingenious plot twists to maintain your interest throughout. The ending of the movie was haunting and even quite surprising.
It's defiantly worth watching if you like good science fiction movies.

Super Reviewer

September 5, 2010
This is an okay movie from Corman, it's not one of the best, but it's not one of the worst either. It has a familiar sci-fi horror theme, but with a man who actually has X-ray eyes, which is the coolest part of the movie.
November 25, 2006
rsy milland is pretty much entertaining in anything he stars in .. espcially camp movies like this produced and directed by "the king of the b-movies" himself roger corman ... but what makes this all the much sweeter is don rickles is in this fresh off the frankie and annette beach movies :)
i love AIP

Super Reviewer

July 15, 2010
Corman's take on Prometheus/Frankenstein is little more than a poorly written genre cheapie which never once deals with any of the surprisingly interesting subjects it accidentally manages to raise.

For reasons beyond me this is highly regarded in some circles. It is far, far from Corman's best (though equally far from his worst) and it would have been very interesting to see what a real writer from the period (Rod Serling, perhaps? Definitely Ray Bradbury) would have done with the premise.
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