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The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

Alex Rebar , Michael Alldredge , William Sachs  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alex Rebar, Michael Alldredge, Burr Debenning, Myron Healey
  • Directors: William Sachs
  • Writers: William Sachs
  • Producers: Peter Cornberg, Robert L. Fenton, Samuel W. Gelfman, Max Rosenberg
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005E7SFH4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,983 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An astronaut contracts a disease that causes his flesh to melt. In order to stop the rapid deterioration of his flesh is to feed on the flesh of other human beings.

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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My God!!! It's An EAR !!!!! January 15, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
The ending scene in this superlative film set an unusually high standard for special effects in cinema. We see the poor man sitting there, the live actor, skin all runny and saggy -- then, seamlessly, he dissolves right before our eyes. I have lain awake nights contemplating how they achieved that effect, for there was no cutaway, no editing, no shift of view: The man simply melted. One explanation is that the real actor truly did melt because we certainly never saw him again after this flick.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yucky Fun! May 29, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I remember seeing the Incredible Melting Man as a child. It used was a film regularly aired by creature feature.I thought it was the most frightening movie of all time, and the melting man the scariest thing since Danny Glick from Salems Lot. I got the chance to see the Melting Man again a couple of years back courtesy of Blockbuster video, and I was surprised by how creepy I still found the film to be. Okay, so the acting is terrible, the plot rediculous, but the special effects are chillingly real, the music seethes as a sort of rabid sounding Three Dog Night, and hey, it's just plain scary. Fans of the horror genre will love it. I recomend it 100% to anyone looking for a cheap and creepy cinematic thrill. Beware of the woods and waterfalls, as I'm sure you will after you have seen the film. Good nasty fun with a pretty disturbing ending awaits!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Good movie and transfer Kudos to MGM September 2, 2011
One of the bigger low budget horror films in the 1970s has made it to DVD via MGM MOD, while it may not be the pressed disc official release the transfer of this is really outstanding. It looks great in 18 x 9 widescreen with daytime scenes looking overall spectacular as well as the night scenes also being well done.
As for the film itself, for those not familiar with it, it is about a man , Steve (Alex Rebar) who is the survivor of three astronauts who fly to Saturn and get attacked by the planets radioactivity. He wakes up in a hospital bed only to find himself melting into a sticky gooey thing and needs blood to survive. He escapes from the hospital and is pursued by his friend, Dr. Ted Nelson (Burr Debenning) from the remainder of the film. Great special melting gore effects by Rick Baker. This also has B Movie legend Myron Healy as a General and Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith as a model. This has a little nudity and a modest amount of gore but nothing like a Lucio Fulci or Dario Argento gorefest. It has its campy moments, a little tongue in cheek and some lousy acting, but that's what makes these movies fun ! :)
The running time for this is 86 minutes, so as to whether it is 'uncut' or not I would say it could very well be. I have seen the Vipco DVD which was an awful Alpha Video looking transfer and the CMV laservision which was letterboxed and both seemed to be around the same running time.
The DVD also contains a full screen trailer.
I would say any fan of the film should pick this one up because it looks as good as its going to get and it is our long overdue USA release. MOD or not, this movie is a keeper for anyone who loves this genre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dumb, brutal, and kind of interesting November 2, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I can add little to existing reviews of this film save to say that, after being generally disgusted with the movie -- a cheap exploitation film with many flaws -- I was nonetheless spellbound by the final images of the movie, where the too-too sullied melting man just slumps against a wall and... melts. Nevermind the makeup; something about the scene (which probably seems a lot longer in my memory than it actually was) is extremely effective and disturbing. It's one of the most effective images of human mortality that I can recall seeing in cinema. It's been a long time, mind you; I recall the sun coming up, swelling music, a sense that something epic was happening as the guy liquefied, and I may be adding a bit of that in myself. Still, it's worth the watch for horror fans.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gross fun for horror and cult movie fans July 5, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN is touted on the video box as "The first new horror creature" (This is of course in 1977). With earlier 70s horror classics helping usher in a new era of grossness and graphic violence; among them THE GORE GORE GIRLS ('72), THE EXORCIST('73), THE OMEN & CARRIE (both '76); it's inevitable that someone should update the old creature features of the nuclear 1950s with the newer, innovative gross-out factor audiences the world over were pining for (Not me. I wasn't born until 1980).
Writer/Director William Sachs and the legendary Rick Baker delivered that in spades with their 1977 cult classic THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN.
Following an accident in space, the sole survivor; astronaut Steven West (Alex Rebar) awakens in hospital to find his flesh is melting and he is slowly going insane. Of course he does what anyone would do when faced with a distressing situation like this: he chases a chubby nurse down the corridor with a towel dangling from one nostril resulting in Nursey running through a pane glass window in slo-mo while being pursued by the Incredible Melting Man. Hilarious stuff.
After escaping West/Melting Man does what any other B horror creature would do. He goes on a violent rampage because the radiation is making his killer instinct grow and also making him stronger- but his mind is also decomposing. Pretty soon his collegue Dr Ted Nolan (Burr DeBenning) and the police are trying to stop the rampaging maniac before he infects the entire town.
INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN is actually pretty shallow, but how could you hate a movie like this? Amusing bits include the head of one of the Melting Man's victims floating downstream and over a waterfall and a couple of kids aged around 10 smoking. Oh no! How injurious to the NZ public good!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ewe he's melting hahaha
This is "B" movie collection worthy. The acting was as poor as the script. The special effects were cheezy at best
Published 2 months ago by Ucrazy2
5.0 out of 5 stars GLAD TO HAVE IT.
Published 2 months ago by r south
4.0 out of 5 stars A franchise that failed to succeed.
You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll laugh so hard that you'll cry. I seriously doubt that director William Sachs (HITZ - 1988) had this in mind when he was making this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fred Adelman
1.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane you need not take.
When I was a young(er) lad than I am now, back in the late 70's, I spent one particular day full of excitement, as we had planned to go to the cinema to see Savage Bees, The,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Stephen Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars William Sachs blames his mother for this "mess" of a film! I love your...
This is certainly an enjoyable film if you like these older offerings (like I do), but I doubt, if one is not a lover of this kind of movie, that it will capture everyone's... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
4.0 out of 5 stars This will melt your brain, but it is strangely fun!
First of all: the digital transfer to Blu-ray is simply astonishing. Image quality is fantastic, for a movie made in 1977. No trouble here. Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. Fonseca
4.0 out of 5 stars Sympathy for the Devil
Steve West : Hero. The film opens with him and his fellow astronauts returning from a playful romp on the surface ( !!! ) of Saturn! Yes, the planet Saturn! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dee Dee
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty lame, even for those who LIKE bad old movies
It had so much potential but they really didn't capitalize on any of it. Very very cheap, bad music, photography, editing, pretty much everything. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Truth-teller78
5.0 out of 5 stars Melting Man
This movie is a rare piece of horror that finally got the attention it deserved.Long live the Melting Man.AWESOME!! Glad to see this classic on Blu-ray.
Published 11 months ago by Chris B.
2.0 out of 5 stars Saturnheit 451
The Incredible Melting Man (William Sachs, 1977)
[originally posted 1May2000]

I waited twenty-two years and change to see the end of this movie. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Robert Beveridge
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