The Incredible Melting Man (1977) - Horror, Sci-Fi

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An astronaut is transformed into a murderous gelatinous mass after returning from an ill-fated space voyage.

IMDB: 4.1
Director: William Sachs
Stars: Alex Rebar, Burr DeBenning
Length: 84 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 18 out of 99 found boring (18.18%)

One-line Reviews (58)

Another entertaining sequence features some of the most useless bantering between an old idiotic couple who run into our tragic anti-hero while walking in the woods to steal lemons.

As the lead, his delivery is banal, carrying barely any hint of emotion.

Enjoyable obscurity from a forgotten era .

But, either way, this production's heart is in the right place and the really cool work by future Oscar winner Baker is very effective… and of course all the intentional and unintentional entertainment it provides, is worth watching it for.

And in my opinion, one of the worst movies they've ever done.

While not to say it is exceptionally good, it is far from the worst and can actually be quite enjoyable if taken as a bad science fiction film -- get some popcorn or beer and this can be a treat.

One exception, The guy thrown onto the powerlines, with a long shot of him being electrocuted, then exploding into a wild display of sparks and fireworks, followed by intense fire, leaving a crumpled black heap of mush on the pavement.

Often pilloried as a stinker, there's more than meets the eye here, and though not a serious contender with "The Quartermass Experiment" or others of its ilk, it's still entertaining late night fare, well worth the admission.

A few days ago, I watched a documentary called THE FIFTY WORST MOVIES OF ALL TIME and this is where I first heard of THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN.

Baker was just on the edge of becoming a superstar, and did this at the same time as his famous "cantina aliens" in STAR WARS.

Now before seeing the documentary, I have enjoyed "bad films" ever since I read the book "The Fifty Worst Movies of All Time" by Harry Medved.

We find out that to slow this down Steve who is now insane, must consume human flesh to decelerate the decomposing process.

Willy Curtis' nifty cinematography makes especially adroit use of such always effective visual flourishes as slow motion, split screen and slow, stately fades.

The cast of this movie is as bland and as forgettable as you'll ever see and that couldn't be more true when one mentions the actor Burr DeBenning, who is the movies star and main character and also Blandness Personified.

The movie isn't all bad, the make-up is good, there is one inventive death scene and the title character's melting is handled quite decently if perhaps rather drawn out.

There are subplots, but much of the material is just filler making them pointless.

An admittedly inane, but still most enjoyable sci-fi/horror winner all around.

Sometimes a movie gets really boring , when melting man is just walking around , melting and not doing anything.

The next time someone tells you that The Incredible Melting Man is one of the worst movies ever made tell them to get lost.. They wouldn't know great entertainment if they fell over it.

This film has no message whatsoever.

There were times where I tried really hard to enjoy it, but the only scene in the whole film that I thought was even entertaining was the scene early on in which a nurse runs down a hospital corridor in slow motion.

I think that my favorite part of this movie, the one that exemplifies the sheer pointless, stupidity and inanity of the proceedings, comes at the climax of the film.

The film proceeds to play out in a series of loosely connected occurrences (many of which are entirely mundane), which are happening somewhere in one of the less densely populated areas of southern California.

) Steve must consume human flesh to slow down the degeneration.

If one were to waste their time rating individual actors, it's really hard to think of one who had less charisma or screen presence than Burr DeBenning and really what kind of a name is that anyway?

Is a cheap b-grade movie really BAD if it's entertaining and features some effective special effects?

A good plot and Marvelous make-up effects make this movie worth watching.

This movie is pretty bad but the funny comments in the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 version will make it more enjoyable to watch.

It goes on a bit long, but is the most entertaining.

The next time someone tells you that The Incredible Melting Man is one of the worst movies ever made tell them to get lost.

As does the scene where a young couple are attacked at home and the director thought it would be good to show the woman going into an unconvincing meltdown for many, many frames of pointless screen time.

When people talk about MST3K they talk about how bad the movies featured on the show are, but actually most of these movies are very decent some of them even good, yes, some of them are pretty bad too, The Incredible Melting Man its a decent one, a fun cheese monster movie, its a remake of the First Man Into Space, it was originally supposed to be a parody or a throw back to comics or sci-fi, but it ended up as a mess, but a very enjoyable mess, the effects are very well done as they were made by Rick Baker, its pretty gory at times, the movie doesn't mess around it gives you what you want right from the beginning there's a monster killing people, its very entertaining, I would recommend it to those who are interested.

We find out that to slow this down Steve who is now insane, must consume human flesh to decelerate the decomposing process.

On all counts The Incredible Melting Man is a very amateurish effort, a tepid combination of Sci-Fi and Horror, which ultimately is quit pointless and for the next 84 minutes boredom and disbelief will be your two primary emotions.

Finally, after a tedious chase scene through an industrial plant that results in several more deaths, Steve's body inevitably collapses and is swept up by a passing janitor.

But other than that, this just may be the worst movie I have ever seen.

The main thing that keeps Dr. Ted Nelson busy throughout the movie, other than entertaining General Perry and arguing with his wife about them being out of crackers, is when he's actively searching for the melting man with his trusty "Detectron" Geiger-counter and repetitively yelling "Steve - It's Dr. Ted Nelson, I want to help you" over and over.

It has some entertaining scenes, but mainly because they were so unintentionally funny, unfortunately there were so many that it did become stupid and tiresome after a while.

There's really very few important details involving plot once Dr. Ted Nelson (Burr DeBenning) makes his grand entrance and for the next 84 minutes this movie is nothing more than a series of bland and uninspired events (a true master-class of mediocrity in the movies), all of which falls right in line with what I said about this movie being pointless.

The "hero" of the film is played by Burr DeBenning, a fascinating character actor from the golden 1970s & 80s television scene who was sort of an early model for the Kevin Spacey prototype; slightly twisted, neurotic, and one step ahead of most everyone in the room even if he looks confused.

That's how boring this film is.

Just about every scene dragged on longer than it should have, from a little bit of dead air to that crazy-long screaming scene with Cleaver Girl.

why are they...?" After a while, you give up wondering why and watch it as what it is--a very entertaining piece of garbage.

I guess that after that he goes out and eats human flesh in order to slow down the melting process.

This film is apparently considered one of the worst movies ever made, even being featured in a documentary as one of the 50 worst of all time.

Considered One of the Worst Movies.

Each victim is the predictable stereotypical type, an old couple, a single bloke who looks a bit geeky, a young married couple, some faceless cops and some military dudes, oh and there's a little girl...

" An enjoyable obscurity from a forgotten era.

So if i was you, instead of renting this movie, rent something like The Monster Club, another bad but enjoyable B movie...

Also, some of the conversations between gore scenes are hilariously inappropriate, given the situations the characters are in and it's hard to tell how much of this was intentional and how much was not but, it's entertaining either way so, ultimately, it doesn't really matter.

The premise may sound utterly stupid but this flick is enormously entertaining and contains great make-up effects from the hand of Rick Baker.

Boredom with a slice of cheese .

His dialogue is so trite it's unbelievable!

The story is played out in typical slasher fashion and is by in large a pretty boring movie.

I just watched The Incredible Melting Man for the second time, and it was even more boring than when I first watched it.

The "Incredible Melting Man" is perhaps the worst movie known to man.

All very entertaining stuff.

This movie is entertaining.