Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Film Review: The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

The Incredible Melting Man (Review)
United States/1977
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...sit back and have a great laugh with this 70s b-movie cheese."

During a flight to Saturn, astronaut Steve West (Alex Rebar) is exposed to radiation causing his skin to melt and a murderous rampage...

The Incredible Melting Man mostly follows Dr. Ted Nelson (Burr DeBenning) and an Air Force General as they search for Steve West, who escapes from a hospital and wanders around killing people. That's pretty much all that happens in the story yet it's surprisingly engaging -- at least, if you're into this sort of SciFi cheese. Anyway, after several gory deaths, a couple of dinners and naps, The Incredible Melting Man ends with a visual spectacle -- the ending itself is as cheesy as the rest of the film, though.

The Incredible Melting Man is a b-movie. Don't fret, though, it's the "good" kind of b-movie. It starts off with one of the cheesiest and most robotic lines I've ever heard, then proceeds to a hilarious slow-motion escape where a nurse bursts through a closed door for no apparent reason. And, it has plenty of unintentional humor spread throughout the film, too, like a game of hide-and-seek and more cheesy dialogue. You'll probably find some of its overall concepts to be hilarious, like "setting foot" on Saturn.

If you're looking for horror, you won't find much in The Incredible Melting Man. It's not a suspenseful, creepy, or atmospheric horror film -- it's a cheesy horror film. If you want a recommendation: don't expect even a shred of horror. The Incredible Melting Man does, however, have some spectacular practical special effects. So, if you like old-school gore, you're in for a real treat. Severed heads and arms, face biting, and, oh yeah, a melting man!

The acting, for the most part, is bad. There's some promise in the acting, at least for some of the supporting cast, but that's brought down by the terrible dialogue. I liked the music, though. And, like I said, I loved the special effects and makeup by Rick Baker -- some of the most intriguing special effects I've seen. Writer and director William Sachs probably wanted to be taken seriously with this film, but it's best viewed as a b-movie. Otherwise, the writing and direction are bad.

Overall, The Incredible Melting Man is good b-movie. It's unintentionally hilarious and it has amazing special effects and makeup; the story, albeit flawed, even offered enough to keep me hooked and engaged to the end. If you're going to watch this without b-movie standards you're in for a bad experience. Otherwise, sit back and have a great laugh with this 70s b-movie cheese.

Score: 6/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, some brief nudity.

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