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Grindhouse Review – The Incredible Melting Man

Posted on September 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm by AGouff

I’M DOCTOR TED NELSON! Actually, no, I’m not. What I am, though, is your guide on yet another foray into the land of grindhouse films. This week we’re going to take a look at a classic 1977 film – The Incredible Melting Man.

The Incredible Melting Man is a sci-fi horror flick about Steve West, the lone survivor of a doomed mission to the rings of Saturn. Some sort of never-quite-explained form of radiation has caused Steve’s flesh to begin to melt. For another never-quite-explained reason, this causes him to “need living human cells to survive,” and he begins to go on a murder spree.

All in all, The Incredible Melting Man is great fun. Starting the grossly melodramatic scene in which Steve is first bombarded with radiation on the Scorpio 6, through the bizarrely drawn out, slow-motion screaming run. Also, we can never forget the good Dr. Ted Nelson screaming his name at two police officers, before they gun him down on the stairway. The Incredible Melting Man never fails to deliver those classic, inexplicable grindhouse moments.

The special effects are the real surprise here. The opening credits proudly proclaim that special effects and make-up are done by Rick Baker. After watching the film, I understand why he received such great billing. The melting of Steve’s body throughout the film is as good as the acting and writing are awful. The final melting scene is especially interesting and actually managed to leave me curious just how exactly they achieved the look they did. The severed head scene is also fairly well done for 1977, even if it is filmed bizarrely.

At the end, I give writer/director William Sachs’ The Incredible Melting Man an 8 out of 9 flying paper plates. The camp and terrible dialogue are absolutely entertaining, but some of the awkward scenes manage to veer so far to the avant-garde, as to approach film student, art-house level.

Watch it on Netflix now!

The Incredible Melting Man

Directed By: William Sachs

Starring: Alex Rebar, Burr DeBenning, Myron Healey, Ann Sweeny, and Michael Alldredge

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