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The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

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

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William Sachs

Writer:

William Sachs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Rebar ... Steve West (The Incredible Melting Man)
Burr DeBenning ... Dr. Ted Nelson
Myron Healey ... General Michael Perry
Michael Alldredge ... Sheriff Neil Blake
Ann Sweeny Ann Sweeny ... Judy Nelson
Lisle Wilson ... Dr. Loring
Cheryl Smith ... The Model (as Rainbeaux Smith)
Julie Drazen ... Carol
Stuart Edmond Rodgers Stuart Edmond Rodgers ... Little Boy
Chris Witney ... Little Boy
Edwin Max ... Harold
Dorothy Love Dorothy Love ... Helen
Janus Blythe ... Nell Winters
Jonathan Demme ... Matt Winters
Westbrook Claridge Westbrook Claridge ... Second Security Guard
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Storyline

"You've never seen anything til you've seen the Sun through the rings of Saturn," exclaims Alex Rebar. Apparently, somehow this causes him to start melting and eating people, such as a nurse in the tightest fitting nurse's outfit ever, a nerdy fisherman, a horny old couple who simply can't keep their hands off each other in a car. To save the day comes Doctor Ted Nelson! Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

The first new horror creature See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ghoul from Outer Space See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To achieve the gruesome Melting Man monster, makeup effects artist Rick Baker fashioned a slightly over sized skull-shaped helmet for actor Alex Rebar to wear. The piece was painted flesh tone and then was cover by a gooey concoction of syrup and paint. The drippy substance would have to be re-applied for every take of the Melting Man. At the end of each shoot Rebar would have so much of the sticky stuff on him that he would literally have to peel his costume off. See more »

Goofs

During the hillside photo shoot, the actor's finger is nowhere near the shutter release, but the sound effect of an auto advance continues throughout the scene. See more »

Quotes

Helen: Let's get the hell out of here!
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THIS didn't get any Oscars?!?!?!?!?!?
17 February 1999 | by zmaturinSee all my reviews

Well. Apparently in this film there is a "man" who is "melting" and this is "incredible". Whatever. For my money there is only one reason to see this film, and it has nothing to do with snot-faced fellows who eat people's flesh.

At one moment in the film the incredibly thin and pasty protagonist Dr. Ted Nelson mentions his mother-in-law, and suddenly this film swings into high. We're shown a wonderful sequence of two incredibly lumpy elderly folks driving. These oddly shaped, lawn gnome-esque folks decided to steal lemons, but they get scared and run (well, totter) back to their automobile only to be eaten by the titular character.

God, these two actors are wonderful! Dorothy Love and Edwin Max deserve the accolades of their peers for this brief glimpse into the magical and bewitching talents of actors in their prime, who were given a script that seemed to have been written by a spastic monkey.


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