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Monday, June 23, 2014

The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

The only reason to watch this poorly acted, amateurishly directed film is to behold Rick Baker’s special effects work.  Rumor has it that Baker had more tricks up his sleeve but actor Alex Rebar, who plays astronaut Steve West a.k.a. The Melting Man, refused to wear them.  Too bad!  However, what we see on screen is very good.  Lots of goop and blood that oozes and drips with a final "meltdown" that is laugh-out-loud brilliant.  Baker's imaginitive work is definitely the star of this show.

The rest of it?  Several of the female characters overact and scream hysterically beyond what any normal human being would do.  I always find this annoying.  Most of the other actors emote like rejects from community theater.  It’s painful to watch sometimes.

Trying to hold this crapfest together is director William Sachs, whose work here is lacking to be kind.  Some of the scenes look very amateurish, like they were done by a horror geek with a camera who never attended film school.  Thankfully he only has 11 directing credits to his name on IMDB.  I’m surprised anyone let him make anything after this one!

Soooo, if you’re a Rick Baker fan, by all means watch The Incredible Melting Man to see his work.  Otherwise, you can skip this one altogether.

RATING: Fair.  [Bad film.  Very Good makeup effects.]

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.


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