The Indestructible Man (1955)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, Sci-Fi Horror  |   Release Date - Mar 25, 1956 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Looking for all the world like an aged and rather dyspeptic Lennie right out of Of Mice and Men, dressed in an unattractive overcoat, Lon Chaney Jr. is not likely to frighten anyone at this late stage in the game. A mix of sci-fi theatrics, heist melodrama, and Joe Friday "just-the-facts-ma'am" blandness, The Indestructible Man is hardly the classic the video re-release artwork suggests. Incredibly cheap and attempting to mask a bad screenplay with tedious voice-over narration, Jack Pollexfen's little treatise does have its unintentionally humorous moments, however, such as Chaney's resurrected gangster single-handedly lifting the rear of a sedan to help a wayfarer change a tire while a curvaceous brunette looks on in (badly acted) horror; or stalking his prey through Los Angeles with both hands snugly kept in pockets to ward off that well known L.A. chill. But when all is said and done, two questions remain unanswered: Would a nice girl like Marian Carr really go out on no less than two dates with anyone looking as dissipated as even the pre-Indestructible Man Chaney? And why is it that mad scientists in these kind of movies always choose to bring back to life dead madmen or criminals rather than, say, professors of fine literature?