The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
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Dr. Xavier is a surgeon and scientist who is being funded to improve eyesight and creates a type of serum that enables X ray vision. With pressure to stop funding his experiments Dr. Xavier decides to use the eye drops on himself. This is the interesting Sci-fi angle that turns into somewhat of an adventure when Xavier accidentally kills a colleague and ends up on the run.
Becoming obsessed to see more and more Xavier continues to use the drops and uses dark glasses to cover his eyes. He makes money working at a carnival. At first the concept has it's perks, seeing through clothes and that sort of thing but soon Xavier can see through the skin, organs, and can see walking skeletons. He can see the beginnings of cites. This is where the horror concept comes in the film. It's brilliant because it knows what you can't see, the unknown is usually the most frightening to us. We do get glimpses of what the Dr. sees but at the end and on the run as he stumbles into a church sermon, his eyes completely black he says he sees beyond the blackness to the center of the universe and it isn't pleasant. We the viewers can fill in our own worst imaginable fear of what lurks in the dark or in this case the unknown because the Dr. never sees the dark anymore even when he sleeps he sees through his eyelids. Another very smart aspect is using the eye itself, it's such a sensitive part of our bodies.Read more ›
And since it's close to Halloween I picked this one as since all of this is my idea I always decide what we watch. Surprisingly everyone at least liked it. I always talk 3 or 4 minutes before we start and before the 'main' showing - trivia about the movie, etc. 2 or 3 people had seen this on Sammy Terry's TV show (local horror icon who showed stuff mostly from the 1930 thru the 1970's) that was on from about 1960 thru the early 1980's.
When I told them about the rumored ending ('I can still see') it got a pretty big reaction.
The basic idea is pretty good but the budget pretty much killed any real chance of having a truly good movie. The picture and sound on this DVD was pretty good. I would rate this a good solid B level movie a 7.25 to 7.75 out of 10 - recommended especially if you get it from you local library!
Imagine my surprise on this MPAA approved movie when I found the last five seconds missing. This was the climax, for crying out loud. This is not the fault of the seller or Amazon. If you are thinking about this one, you might want to think twice. Who wants to buy a movie with the ending altered or omitted. A shame. Thanks.
Dr. Xavier (Milland) is experimenting with solutions that will allow the human eye to see normally invisible spectrums of light. At first, the results are amusing: when he attends a party, he discovers he can see right through their clothes. Later, the results seems to be potentially beneficial: he is able to correctly diagnose a child’s illness and save her life. But when he accidentally kills a co-worker (Harold J. Stone), Dr. Xavier goes on the run, sinking to performing a “psychic” act in a carnival and then coerced into acting as a “healer” by a vicious blackmailer (Don Rickles, in his first film role.) A fellow scientist and possible love interest (Diana Van der Vlis) attempts to pull him back from the void—but has Dr. Xavier gone too far to return?
The cast is very attractive, with Rickles giving a surprisingly nasty performance and Diana Van der Vlis, an actress most often seen on stage and television, is both charming and effective. But most interesting are the special effects. As Dr. Xavier’s use of the drug progresses, the appearance of his eyes change—and the audience often sees things from his point of view.Read more ›
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There is nothing to dislike in this Roger Corman B-Movie classic especially the final scene. These movies crack me up when it was okay for doctors to smoke in the hospital.Published 19 months ago by Ronald A. Bender Jr.
Dr. Xavier, a research scientist, discovers a way to give himself x-ray vision... but it requires frequent exposure to the medication and has the horrifying side effect of driving... Read morePublished 22 months ago by James D. Crabtree
A classic and must have If you collect 50's,60's Scifi Dont forget the other two Ray Milland classics "FROGS" and "THE Thing With Two Heads"Published 24 months ago by Diane
the man with the x-ray eyes is about a doctor played by ray milland who experients on himself with a type of eyedrop to give him x-ray vision, believing he can help people. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by sjlennon
I had not seen this film in years, and it is a pleasure to add this one to my collection at a great price. Thanks!Published on January 31, 2013 by Daniel J. Haley
Ray Milland plays Dr. James Xavier, who's invented some eye drops that give the test subject X-ray vision. Unable to find a test subject, he uses them on himself. And they work. Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by NoWireHangers
The same director (Roger Corman) that brought you "Attack of the Giant Crab Monsters" (1957) now brings you to new depths of depravity. Read morePublished on March 3, 2010 by Bernie