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Leslie P. Davies (novels)
Edmund Morris (writer)
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May 1968 (USA) See more »
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It Happened In This Universe A Long Time Ahead, The Year 2118...
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PROJECT X (William Castle, 1968) *** See more (7 total) »

Cast

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Christopher George ... Hagan Arnold
Greta Baldwin ... Karen Summers

Henry Jones ... Dr. Crowther

Monte Markham ... Gregory Gallea

Harold Gould ... Col. Holt
Phillip Pine ... Dr. Lee Craig (as Phillip E. Pine)

Lee Delano ... Dr. Tony Verity
Ivan Bonar ... Col. Cowen
Robert Cleaves ... Dr. George Tarvin
Charles Irving ... Maj. Tolley
Sheila Bartold ... Sybil Dennis
Patrick Wright ... Stover
Maryesther Denver ... Overseer

Keye Luke ... Sen Chiu (as Key Luke)
Ed Prentiss ... Hicks
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walt Davis ... Highway Patrolman (uncredited)

Directed by
William Castle 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Leslie P. Davies  novels
Edmund Morris  writer

Produced by
Joseph Barbera .... producer: special sequences
William Castle .... producer
William Hanna .... producer: special sequences
Dona Holloway .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Van Cleave 
 
Cinematography by
Harold E. Stine  (as Harold Stine)
 
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant 
 
Art Direction by
Hal Pereira 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
Joseph J. Stone  (as Joseph Stone)
 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Marvin G. Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
William W. Gray .... unit production manager
Frank Caffey .... production manager (uncredited)
Curtis Mick .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Caffey .... assistant director
Willard Kirkham .... first assistant director: special sequences
Charles Bohart .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alex Toth .... production designer: special sequence
Carl Urbano .... production designer: special sequence
 
Sound Department
Garry A. Harris .... sound
John Wilkinson .... sound
Robert J. Callen .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Rocky Nelson .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Chet Johns .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Kenny Endoso .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns .... stunts (uncredited)
Earl Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Peach .... director of photography: special sequences
Frank Dugas .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert W. Full .... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Weddell .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Magahay .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Shirlee Strahm .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Pete Carpenter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (uncredited)
William Loose .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Fred Steiner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Wally Burr .... live action director: special sequences
Hawk Koch .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Luanna S. Poole .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 

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Actor Monte Markham did his own stunts in the film. Markham also performed his first-ever onscreen punch in a scene with Larry Duran (Marlon Brando's stunt double) and accidentally gave Duran a bloody nose.See more »
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PROJECT X (William Castle, 1968) ***, 1 May 2014
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

Following a couple of lame genre spoofs starring Sid Caesar, producer/director William Castle had hoped to return to his previous successful formula – albeit via a more sober approach – with the screen adaptation of Ira Levin's classic diabolical chiller ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968); however, the powers-that-be at Paramount only allowed him to produce, while placing acclaimed Polish auteur Roman Polanski – in what would prove his U.S. debut – at the helm. The resulting film was a veritable milestone of the genre – but, in compensation, Castle was given the movie under review to direct…after which, as it turned out, he lay down his boots in this capacity for six years running! Incidentally, 1968 also marked a great year for Science-Fiction cinema, under which banner – the former Horror master's first and last – PROJECT X falls, since it saw the release of both 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and PLANET OF THE APES which, needless to say, overshadowed Castle's effort…even if, for what it is worth, along with his subsequent bizarre venture SHANKS (1974), the director's last two pictures emerged as definitely his most original (thus interesting and considerable)!

Anyway, to be sure, the movie is a futuristic tale with ideas far above its' maker's usual station (only THE TINGLER {1959}'s analysis of Fear and HOMICIDAL {1961}'s probing into personality disorder, both dealt within the context of a shocker, had previously attempted anything of substance); indeed, here we have a secret agent struck by amnesia while in possession of the enemy's plan for world domination! While this can be seen on the one hand as the director's take on the current craze for James Bond imitations (thus resembling FANTASTIC VOYAGE {1966} in its mix of sci-fi and espionage), the plot also involves an elaborate scheme to induce a fictional, past and crime-oriented existence into the leading man's psyche in the hope that his subsequent paranoid feeling can unleash – via holograms depicting his unconscious state – the vital information needed to thwart the Orient's nefarious designs on the Western world! In this respect, it anticipates the likes of the two TOTAL RECALL (1990 and 2012) movies and THE TRUMAN SHOW (1998)…while also keeping in mind that the WWII thriller 36 HOURS (1964) had already used a similar ruse!

The film, then, is decidedly fascinating and relatively satisfying in the long run; that said, some elements – owing perhaps to its B-movie origins – do not work. For starters, Christopher George (who had been so striking as John Wayne's black-clad nemesis in Howard Hawks' EL DORADO {1967}) never really gains our sympathy as the perplexed hero (indeed, genial scientist Henry Jones emerges as the true protagonist)! Since the two narrative strands – real (that is, 22nd century) and fabricated (contemporary) – move in fits and starts, one has to constantly tweak his mind-set to the characters' within each particular setting; besides, their own adjustment to the 1960s lifestyle is too smooth despite professing obliviousness to what passed for the norm in that by-gone era – while the would-be technological advancement produces predictably streamlined sets (albeit featuring now-hilariously gargantuan computer systems imparting inevitably archaic feedback) and goofy costumes (notably transparent helmets for the men at the military base and skimpy outfits for the female factory-workers)!

An intriguing yet potentially exasperating notion was the use of solarization, aided by a bit of Hanna-Barbera animation for good measure (a' la FORBIDDEN PLANET {1956}), for the recreated images pertaining to the 'lost' mission – which also see Keye Luke as the 'yellow' mastermind and Monte Markham as a defector (eventually violently dispatched by George's telepathic skill much like the same year's THE POWER!). By the way, I had first acquired this via a washed-out VHS rip but, realizing it had been jointly released on DVD and BluRay by Olive Films, I managed to acquire a copy of this handsome-looking edition in time for my ongoing centenary tribute to Castle!

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