X: The Man With the X-ray Eyes

X: The Man With the X-ray Eyes

Blu-ray Disc - 1963 | Blu-ray version.
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A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences.
Audience: OFA rating: Not rated.
Publisher: New York : Kino Lorber, 1963.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc ( min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm.
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akirakato
Mar 30, 2019

Directed by Roger Corman in 1963, this SF drama depicts Dr. James Xavier, a world-renowned scientist, whose experiments with X-ray vision go awry.
As an extremely low-buget production, the film seems okay as an entertaining piece with crude visual effects.
However, the story appears silly because a world-famous scientist would NOT do such a foolish experiment in the first place.
You definitely need a willing suspension of disbelief.

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CurlyWhirly
Jan 10, 2019

This "Mad Scientist" movie from 1963 had its good moments, as well as its not-so-good moments. And if you seriously added up these 2 factors - The not-so-good moments outweigh the good moments by a long-shot.

Only someone wearing a pair of thick, heavily frosted, rose-colored glasses would be at all impressed with this relic from the past. I mean, it doesn't take having x-ray vision to see that this laughable nonsense took itself way too seriously, believing that its audience were all just a bunch of air-heads who didn't bother to think through this tale's plausibility factor.

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CountAlucard
Jan 10, 2019

If one had to do a breakdown of five best Roger Corman films this proto-psychedelic 1963 show would have to make the list. Then again, how much regard you want to invest in the films of the producer of 'Candy Stripe Nurses' might be a bigger question. True that Corman gave first breaks to some of the great 70's directors (Scorsese etc.) but most of his stuff was junk. 'Man With the X-Ray Eyes' rises above those to tackle the sort of existential questions posed by the earlier (and better) 'Incredible Shrinking Man'. Unfortunately the film straddles an uncomfortable divide: having the look (and outrageous situations) to imply camp but played with dead seriousness by Ray Milland. He's good in it (as is Don Rickles) but he's fighting Corman's instinct to include familiar elements from any number of mad scientist programmers. The naked twist party (minus the nudity) was a harbinger of things to come. Later Corman shows like 'The Pit and the Pendulum' got the balance with camp right (thanks to Vincent Price) but 'X-Ray' is still worth a look just for it's unusual premise in the pantheon of 50's and 60's sci-fi. I'd certainly rate it higher than a lot of the stuff produced these days. There's intelligence to it even if it is a bit of a train wreck. Probably of more interest are the two commentaries by Tim Lucas and Corman himself which shed light on the independent film industry of the early 60's. I found flipping back between the two preferable as Corman occasionally trails off into silence while Lucas's commentary is, as usual, dense with info.

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ManMachine
Jan 07, 2019

(*Most irritating movie-quote of all*) - "If thine eye offends thee - PLUCK IT OUT!!"

In the category of "SyFy/Horror Scholck" - I enthusiastically nominate "The Man With The X-Ray Eyes" for a belated, but very well-deserved "Razzie" award.

IMO - "The Man With The X-Ray Eyes" (from 1963) isn't a scream of horror. No way. It's a howling scream of laughter. Yeah. That's what it is.

Filmed on a measly $250,000 budget and directed by the "King-of-Crap", Roger Corman - This goofy picture not only features some laughably cheap'n'cheesy visual effects - But (unfortunately) its story ends on such a terrible note that this disappointing finale only serves to render the rest of the film as being nothing but a complete waste of time.

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SpaceAngel
Aug 16, 2018

This unintentionally hilarious 1963 SyFy film is so bad that it's actually good.

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Calvacade
Aug 16, 2018

This movie is a lot of fun as a period piece and is incredibly entertaining on every level. An unsung classic.

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