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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4D Man (1959) Bongo Beat Jive Catwoman In The 4th Dimension

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Dr. Tony Nelson (James Congdon) had the crazy idea that he could fuse a 4th dimensional state with pulsating beatnik bongos. Was he insane or visionary? It was certainly a maverick idea and beyond the realms of experimental science fiction. He would be ridiculed in his scientific profession if he failed. He rest assured that with the help of his resourceful brother, Dr. Scott Nelson (Robert Lansing), that the impossible could be achieved. Continue reading “4D Man (1959) Bongo Beat Jive Catwoman In The 4th Dimension”

Phase IV (1974) Saul Bass Intelligent Killer Ant Attack

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What better film to follow up Them on a double bill than with another bunch of crazed, demented six legged psychopathic ant nut jobs, the 1974 film Phase IV. This feature is filled with visually luscious images and gorgeous landscape design, it’s quite the wonder to look at. But please be forewarned that you spend the runtime scratching like a shaggy dog. Oh my fur was twitching and an itching like crazy right through this creepy crawly movie. Even the eerie music gets under the skin. Essential item to have with you whilst watching is a personal back scratcher or two, down a bit, ooo to left a bit ooo that’s it, that’s the spot. A big thanks goes out to Lieutenant’s Nina Barry and Gay Ellis from UFO in helping me with my itching, you did a grand job…. Continue reading “Phase IV (1974) Saul Bass Intelligent Killer Ant Attack”

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!”

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”

Lady In A Cage (1964) Like An Animal Orgy House Invasion!

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Opening with one of the best opening credit sequences I’ve seen for sometime, inspired Saul Bass on speed. Fast paced bold graphics flashing up harsh lines to the sound of suspenseful pounding free jazz beats. Then the credits change to strange images, with a sinister notion, with snap shots of photography close ups to unease you into this manic rollercoaster ride of a film. This is the sixties alright, the cinematography filming style and music let us know that straight from the get go. Continue reading “Lady In A Cage (1964) Like An Animal Orgy House Invasion!”

Night of the Comet (1984) Usherette, Cheerleader & Commander Chakotay Fight The Cannibal Zombies

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1984 was the year at school we read the John Wyndham novel called The Day Of The Triffids for English. You would of hoped it would be part of all educational learning, to be a forewarning at least for when a breathtaking and magnificent light show of comets appear in the sky. To be taught the first thing you do is bandage your eyes and hide in a windowless room. No matter how mind-blowing and eye-poppingly wonderous the visual light show is, The Triffids pre-warned us, it’s gonna get real bad, real quick! Continue reading “Night of the Comet (1984) Usherette, Cheerleader & Commander Chakotay Fight The Cannibal Zombies”

Blow Out (1981) B-movie Sound Man Records More Than He Can Chew

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Was in the mood for an eighties movie last night, a thriller would do. Nothing came to mind, had a flick through Netflix to see John Travolta looking at me. First thought, I was certain I had seen it, though it must of been a long time ago. Reading the first line of the plot didn’t ring any bells. With a quick scan of IMDB I notice it had a very healthy rating and much loved by many. The little description of the plot sounded excellent and makes me realise that I may not have actually seen this film. Brilliant I’m buzzing, beer poured and ready to tuck into my steak and chips, I press play. Continue reading “Blow Out (1981) B-movie Sound Man Records More Than He Can Chew”

Night of the Creeps (1986) Alien Brain Bug Zombie Parasites

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Opening in space, with a wet your panties laughing scene involving a hilarious looking freaky baby like rubber alien, naked, speeding down a corridor. Running as fast as his little legs can take him, this alien is being hunted down. In his arms he carries a large container which he frantically manages to jettison out into space. The container starts a trajectory on to Earth, the year is 1959. Continue reading “Night of the Creeps (1986) Alien Brain Bug Zombie Parasites”