THE MIDNIGHT MAFIA: X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes

At the height of his ‘60s Poe phase, Roger Corman also laid down this haunting, unforgettable blend of science fiction and morality play. In one of his best latter-day roles, Ray Milland is a doctor pioneering a new kind of eyedrops, rendering the human eye capable of seeing through solid matter — and after losing his job and fleeing a murder charge, he continues to use the drops until he can see well past the realm of normal perception, into something far more ghastly and dangerous than he could have imagined. One of the best acid head movies before such a thing even existed, X sees to it that its see-through gimmick is exploited well, as Corman uses a canny mixture of scientific jargon, comic relief, suspenseful chases, and ultimately Grand Guignol horror to demonstrate the numerous possibilities of such a hideous gift. The usual Corman collaborators are all here and working overtime, including composer Les Baxter (providing one of his oddest scores), cinematographer Floyd Crosby (working colorful wonders with an impoverished budget), and a supporting cast peppered with such familiar faces as Don Rickles and Dick Miller.
Dir. Roger Corman, 1963, 35mm, 79 min.

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