X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes (1963) #SciFi #Horror Classic

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X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes (1963) is a movie I’ve wanted to see again for the longest time. Roger Corman Directed and Produced this American International Pictures masterpiece with Les Baxter, adding his musical genius to the score.

X: The Man with the X-ray EyesWhile the horror/terror level of this film isn’t very high, it’s almost non-existent, but that is made up for with the trippy special effects and bizarre storyline. It seems like a good idea, to see into a patient to make a diagnosis, saving the expenses of other tests and procedures. But what do you do with the rest of your gazes after you’ve used the eye drops? I have an idea, and they do touch on it with the party scene, but how far would it go? Would you be able to see through clothes when you want, but through the skin when needed?

A few scenes stuck in my brain.

The first is after Xavier shows Diane what happens to a monkey that he gave the eye drops to; he gives her a cigarette, and she says thanks and takes a drag as though they’d just had some hot sex. The other is the party. I’m in awe of this scene, especially the dancing. Did people really dance like that in 1963? Another is the surgery. I thought Days of Our Lives had cornered the market on bad surgery scenes; maybe, this is where they got their inspiration. There wasn’t any blood, and it looked like he was operating on a bedsheet.

3 Stars

X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes is one of those films that should be watched, if not for the quirkiness of it, but I can only give it 3 out of 5 Stars.

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