In this masterpiece, Vincent Price is Dr. Warren Chapin, an obstinate doctor of legal medicine who discovers that fear causes the "tingler effect" with the growth of a parasitic creature near the vertebral column. Chapin could isolate and remove the creature of a deaf and dumb woman (the actress Judith Evelyn) but the "thing" escapes and runs away to a full cinema. A way to defeat the creature is to shout loud. According to John Waters, of the "Film Comment", the film shows the first citation of LSD of the cinema. The writer Robb White had heard about the lisergic acid from Aldous Huxley, he went to the UCLA to try the drug in himself (before it became illegal) and then he introduced the drug in the story.
THX 1138 is an anonymous and androgynous diligent human being who divides his cubicle with a female, LUH 3417. Suddenly, they start to reject the daily quota of the drug that they are obliged to take and begin a forbidden romance. Then they start to feel, to want, to think...
The first film written and directed by George Lucas - of the "Star Wars" saga - tells the history of a society ruled by a rigid machine totalitarianism. We can notice the deep influences of "Brave New World" of Aldous Huxley and "1984", of George Orwell. The narcotic isolation of this future world is transmitted by rich visual effects, taking "white" scenes on white backgrounds of a sterile and cold environment. Bitter parable, "THX 1138" makes an evaluation of the danger of the increasing technology dependence in our lives. But the director does not abandon the belief of that even a most common man can be a rebel... In these 1971 production, the anonymous hero runs away from this overwhelming society to meet himself under the sky of a new age. Puzzled... but triumphant!
Robert Duvall was the star in these film [the THX 1138 of the heading ] and for the release in DVD the movie was digitally restored. As he made with the original trilogy of "Star Wars", Lucas brought up to date the film with modern visual effects and new scenes. Among the extras, it is possible to know the first sketch of this landmark of the scientific fiction - a short movie that Lucas made when he still was a cinema student -, to see a documentary about the partnership with the director Francis Ford Coppola, that financed the film, and to hear the astonishing noises of the future. "THX 1138" is famous for its futuristic noises, transformed into a musical track. Don't miss it! Visit the official website of the film: http://www.thx1138movie.com/
In time: Lucas invented and patented a sophisticated system that improves the audio quality of electronic equipment and named it as THX.