The Incredible Melting Man

The Incredible Melting Man

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Overview

The Incredible Melting Man

Essentially a seedy '70s version of The Quatermass Experiment, this painfully cheap production from writer/director William Sachs involves the horrific plight of returning astronaut Steve West (Alex Rebar), the sole survivor of a disastrous expedition to the rings of Saturn. The fatal outcome of the mission apparently involved the discovery of a space-borne virus, or radiation, or something (it's never made quite clear) that killed the rest of the crew and is causing West's flesh to melt and slough off his body. For reasons unexplained, the only relief from the pain of his condition can be found by consuming live human cells. After munching on a few bystanders, West escapes into the surrounding woods, pursued by NASA researcher Dr. Nelson (Burr DeBenning) and a disorganized posse of military monster-hunters. Unable to stop his rapid dissolution or resist his cannibalistic urges, West agonizes over his dilemma (as indicated by laughable scenes of Rebar trying to register emotional anguish through layers of goop), but he still finds time to terrorize a few locals, including the topless Rainbeaux Smith and a pair of comic-relief oldsters trying to score some lemons. The film's notorious ad campaign rallied the makeup FX work of Rick Baker, but his talents are largely wasted thanks to AIP's frantic cost-cutting and a truncated shooting schedule that forewent many of Baker's elaborate prosthetics in favor of a cheap latex mask covered with gallons of syrup. Future Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme contributes a brief cameo.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2011
UPC: 0883904250128
Original Release: 1977
Source: Mgm Mod
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 52,746

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alex Rebar Steve West, The Incredible Melting Man
Burr de Benning Dr. Ted Nelson
Myron Healey Gen. Perry
Michael Alldredge Sheriff Blake
Ann Sweeney Judy Nelson
Lisle Wilson Dr. Loring
Julie Drazen Carol
Stuart Edmond Rodgers Little Boy
Chris Whitney Little Boy
Edwin Max Harold
Dorothy Love Helen
Janus Blythe Nell
Jonathan Demme Matt
Cheryl Smith The Model
DeForest Covan Janitor
Keith Michl Maintenance Man
Leigh Mitchell Carol's Mother
Dave Hull Houston Control

Technical Credits
William Sachs Director,Screenwriter
Richard Baker Makeup,Makeup Special Effects
James Beshears Editor
Willy Curtis Cinematographer
Samuel W. Gelfman Producer
Michel Levesque Art Director
Arlon Ober Score Composer
Max Rosenberg Executive Producer
Harry Woolman Special Effects

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