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The Incredible Melting Man

by Ken Tasho
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Tuesday Jul 30, 2013
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Is "The Incredible Melting Man" really, really incredible? Hardly. This 1977 Sci-fi/horror B-movie makes many lists of the worst films of all time. One can now see why on its Shout Factory Blu-ray release, where all the low-budget production and editing problems come to the forefront.

Colonel Steve West (Alex Rebar) returns from a flight to Saturn with a rare illness that can’t be explained. As his skin melts, he searches for human flesh and blood in anyone he can find.

With this minimal plot, what follows is a string of set pieces where the melting man confronts many victims, including three young children, and a woman being photographed in the woods... topless, of course. Look for future director Jonathan Demme in a small role as a victim.

"The Incredible Melting Man" does have something going for it: For all its deadpan, bad acting and terrible dialogue, there are the gooey, disgusting special effects from makeup effects artist Rick Baker. The melting man’s face looks like a combination of melted cheese and pudding, getting progressively nastier as the film goes on.

Baker talks about his experience on making the film in his interview, part of three special features on the Blu-ray. Writer/director William Sachs is also interviewed and does an interesting audio commentary as well... it’s here where Sachs discusses the many problems on the film’s production.

For a nice change of pace, Shout Factory uses the original poster for the Blu-ray cover of "The Incredible Melting Man."




"The Incredible Melting Man"
Blu-ray
$19.97
www.shoutfactory.com

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.

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