X The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) Roger Corman’s Optical Science Fiction Horror

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X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes has to be one of my favorite Roger Corman films and one I revisit on many occasions since I first saw it in 1989.  I know the year because it was shown on British TV as part of director Alex Cox presents Moviedrome series that featured so many classic films. Check out my Moviedrome appreciation post I did a while back to see what it was all about or get a nostalgia fix if like me, you fondly remember the series.

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Ray Milland does what Ray Milland does best, play that moody, cantankerous old fella. He goes into the part nice and slowly, working his way up the stages of anger, like the levels of a retro arcade game to reach the boss level. Bit tetchy and irritable moving on to an old grouch curmudgeon with a short-temper leading on to full blown short fuse of anger of the highest proportions. He has real reason to start to lose his cool but the guy does bring it on himself in the name of science and the desire to invent a revolutionary new step in the realms of the physical and material world!

What was that incredible feat in science for, I hear you ask?………. Well to perv at party goers dancing the night away of course! The ability to have X-Ray eyes to see through layers of clothes, through walls and beyond! Well it’s the beyond which becomes a BIG problem for our intrepid inventor.

Tagline – Suddenly he could see through clothes, flesh… and walls!

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Imaging happily smiling away looking at all the lovely ladies walking down the road as you have a sneaky gawk. To be honest the boobs would probably look mighty strange all squished and strapped down by the bra but still, naughty to see. But then you start seeing through the skin, it’s all blood red and veiny. Then the ribcage starts to come into view. Oh god what’s that beginning to appear? That sweet lady with the curves has turned into a horror show. It might be natural but you don’t wanna be seeing the heart quivering to the beat as it pushes and pulses out blood! Suddenly your excitement soon goes limp, lol, this wasn’t a good idea.

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Dr. James Xavier – “You could say I’m seeing you really for the first time? and that’s the most interesting birthmark you have above the third rib on your left side.”
Dr. Diane Fairfax – “But! how do you know that? Ooo you can see me!”
Dr. James Xavier – “Oh and your back bone is a sheer delight but remember I’m a doctor”
Dr. Diane Fairfax – “Well you remember that I’m a woman”
Dr. James Xavier – “I can hardly forget!”

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Dr. James Xavier (Ray Milland) a brilliant scientist happily experimenting in the field of  human eyesight, intending to help increase the scope of human vision. To be able to see further, more detailed, beyond the usual visible spectrum of the eye. After not receiving the results he’d wished for from experimenting on animals, he started testing on himself. Realising the true potential of his creation he tries a bit more. Before he knows it Dr Xavier starts to discover he can see through clothing. His new vision can become the most marvelous tool in the operating theatre. He can see problems within the human body and diagnose medical problems without having to open a patience up or carry out a misdiagnosed procedure. This was a vital new miracle breakthrough for the world of medical science. As Dr Xavier drops a few more doses of his special formula into each eye, surely nothing could go wrong?

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Dr. Diane Fairfax – “What do you see?”
Dr. James Xavier – “The city… as if it were unborn. Rising into the sky with fingers of metal, limbs without flesh, girders without stone. Signs hanging without support. Wires dipping and swaying without poles. A city unborn. Flesh dissolved in an acid of light. A city of the dead.”

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It’s a perfect example of experimental science fiction and horror mixed together and fits it superbly with the sixties era. It’s like a colour version of an extended episode of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. X is directed by that man of the B-Movies, Roger Corman on the usual low budget and quick turnaround. Meaning we get a super snappy short run-time and a fast paced story. No time for filling, let’s get down to business. We the viewer experiences the fast decline of our poor panicked protagonist as his life quickly becomes to disastrous consequences. Yes it might be his own thought but you do care for the old scientist and his madding plight.

Tagline – HE STRIPPED SOULS AS BARE AS BODIES!

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There’s some great supporting cast from Diana Van der Vlis who is wonderful as his friend and science partner. Harold J Stone and John Hoyt also appear as scientists. Stand-up comedian Don Rickles plays Crane the deceiving head of a travelling carnival. At time of writing it is up to stream on youtube here

You know what The Man with the X-Ray Eyes has always been my favourite Roger Corman film, well there’s a new contender knocking on the door! It’s still has some multiple veiwings to catch up but with my recent viewing of Not Of This Earth I can safely say it has competition.  And that’s alright with me, the more the merrier. What’s your favourite Roger Corman films by the way? Let me know if you wish.

PS The poster artwork from artist Reynold Brown is absolutely incredible. One day I would love to have my own mini cinema room and if I do that poster is going straight up.

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Not of This Earth (1957) Roger Corman’s Alien Blood Stealing Travelling Salesman

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Nothing shows fear quite like a man with a suitcase and a pair of shades. I kid you not, it maybe the ultimate in cheap alien costume but it’s surprisingly effective. Who better to bring the best out of a B-movies microscopic budget than that man, Roger Corman. Not Of This Earth was a pure delight, not only had I never seen it but I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did.

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Kronos (1957) Alien Robot Planet Robber Tramples Earth For Power

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An alien light probe parasite takes over the body of a whistling man out driving his truck on an desert road. With a new destination in his head, the possessed man drives to the Astro Physics Laboratory. Forcing himself into the facility the entity takes control of the chief scientist Dr. Hubbell Eliot (John Emery). Secretly the alien invasion has begun. Continue reading “Kronos (1957) Alien Robot Planet Robber Tramples Earth For Power”

Creature (1985) What’s More Scary? Klaus Kinski Or A Xenomorph Rip Off?

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Had to squeeze a turkey in, hey it was just christmas after all. Yeah Creature does riff on and rips off Alien but maybe it’s revenge for 1958’s It! The Terror From Beyond Space?  As you can well imagine Creature is off in another part of the universe in the quality comparisons. But was it really that bad? By this tagline it sure sounds badass.

Tagline – First you die. . .Then the terror begins

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It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958) It Breathes. It Hunts. It Kills!

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Yeah I was only 2 at the time but you would of thought Mankind landing on Mars in 1973 would of made a significant mark on the history books! I guess what with the end of the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal in full swing that a crew of 10 landing on the red planet 54 million kilometers away, just ain’t all that newsworthy!

I bet it was down to the Science Advisory Committee Division Of Interplanetary Exploration covering up the facts. They didn’t want the first successful mission to Mars to be surrounded by….. murder! Continue reading “It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958) It Breathes. It Hunts. It Kills!”

Wolfman Travels Through The Wonderful World Of Science Fiction

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January on Wolfmans Cult Film Blog is to be dedicated to that wonderful movie genre of science fiction. So whether it will be spaceships traveling to distant worlds, killer aliens from Mars, time travel, quantum physics or just a man dressed in a rubber blob suit. There’s sure to be something for everyone. Continue reading “Wolfman Travels Through The Wonderful World Of Science Fiction”

Society (1989) Saucy Debauchery Cult Of The Social Elite

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What with Halloween nearly upon us it only feels right to jump into a horror and one with a big pumpkin sized barrel filled with pitch black humour instead of sweet candy. Not sure how I had missed the delights of Society, it had truly passed me by. Luckily I had my younger brother Dan to disturb and warp my mind. And what with the riot that was to come forth, I don’t know whether I should be thankful or not? hehe of course I was, it’s a total blast but I assure you, it’s not for the faint-hearted. It’s saucy, sexy and rather naughty and, without doubt totally utterly bat-shit insane. Continue reading “Society (1989) Saucy Debauchery Cult Of The Social Elite”

Murder by Contract (1958) Hitman Tells You A Stranger Kills A Stranger

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Hitman Claude – “Have you boys ever killed anyone?… Well?”

“I thought not.. It’s not easy, you know. You read in the paper about some wife doing away with her husband, child murderer, knifing in a tavern brawl… These are crimes of passion. Crazy people off their rocker.

Then there’s the tigger-happy hoodlum, the kid that kills a gas station attendant because he can’t open the cash register fast enough. That’s another type of crazy person. Both types eventually get caught. They don’t plan. They can’t. Even if they did, it’d be no use. The only type of killing that’s safe is when a stranger kills a stranger. No motive. Nothing to link the victim to the executioner. Now, why would a stranger kill a stranger?

Because somebody’s willing to pay. It’s business. Same as any other business. You murder the competition. Instead of price-cutting, throat-cutting. Same thing. There are a lot of people around that would like to see lots of other people die a fast death. Only they can’t see to it themselves. They got conscience, religion, families. They’re afraid of the punishment, here or hereafter. Me, I can’t be bothered with any of that nonsense. I look at it like a good business. The risk is high, but so is the profit.”

Marc – “You’re a real superman, ain’t you?”

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Video Store Action Heroes! Coming Soon To A Theatre Near You

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In a world, some time soon, four heroes embark on treacherous mission to help put back the time continuum that was unleashing strange pockets of weird paranormal activity. Tyrant Overlord, The Lord Of Terror had changed the Earth’s magnetic fields, spewing electro charged particles in through VHS cassette tapes across the continents. Video cassettes that had lain dormant for many years, gathering dust and mould in basements and loft spaces, charity shops and movie vaults, started to react to the electronic waves. Spontaneously bringing to life characters that shouldn’t be in the same timeline together. Continue reading “Video Store Action Heroes! Coming Soon To A Theatre Near You”

The Naked Kiss (1964) Jazz Slaps, Karate Chops & Bonbon Girls

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The Naked Kiss begins with what could be the most craziest jazz scored shocking opening scene to a movie ever, I certainly went “what the fook!” as I picked my chin from the floor. Don’t worry I won’t spoil it for you, wait for the surprise…… He’s back with another controversial film hot on the heels of the brilliant Shock Corridor, writer and director Samuel Fuller gets to unleash another bout of bonkers.

Tagline – SHOCK and SHAME STORY of a NIGHT GIRL!

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