The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

Genres - Horror, Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Creature Film, Sci-Fi Horror  |   Release Date - Dec 9, 1977 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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With a title like The Incredible Melting Man, this film should have been an invigorating excursion into B-movie excitement. Unfortunately, the movie manages to go wrong in every conceivable way and falls short of the promise inherent in its schlocky title. The major culprit is writer/director William Sachs, who manages to ruin the fun plot concept with a lazy, incompetent approach to the material. The script never explores any of the interesting angles of the premise or manages to explain the why and how behind the title monster's affliction. Instead, it settles for a series of blah, underwritten dialogue scenes and an overdose of lame comedy between its half-hearted attempts at shocks. Sachs's weak direction makes things worse, giving the film a decidedly bland look and utilizing clumsy editing that hampers all the potential scares. The cast is mostly competent, with the exception of Burr DeBenning's amateurish, awkward performance as the scientist hero. The only truly noteworthy aspect of the production is the effective makeup effects by Rick Baker, but even they are photographed and edited in a way that dulls their potential impact. All in all, The Incredible Melting Man is the antithesis of a good B-movie and can only be recommended to the most masochistic of cult movie addicts.