Monday, September 17, 2018

"X" THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES / He Stripped Souls As Bare As Bodies! - 1963

It's time for a Dungeon Redo of this wild and weird Roger Corman flick that I saw with my cousins way back in 1963... The story's about Dr. James Xavier, a world renowned scientist experimenting with human eyesight. He devises a drug, that when applied to the eyes, enables the user to see beyond the normal realm of the light spectrum and also gives the user the power to see through objects! Xavier tests this drug on himself when his funding is cut off and continues its use as time progresses. He then begins to see, not only through walls and clothes, but eventually through the very fabric of reality!

This thing stars Ray (PREMATURE BURIAL) Milland, Diana (THE SWIMMER) Van der Vlis, Harold (THE INVISIBLE BOY) J. Stone, John (ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE) Hoyt, Don (MUSCLE BEACH PARTY) Rickles and features Morris (EARTH vs. THE FLYING SAUCERS) Ankrum, John (THE OMEGA MAN) Dierkes, Dick (WAR OF THE SATELLITES) Miller, Jonathan (NOT OF THIS EARTH) Haze, Barboura (A BUCKET OF BLOOD) Morris and more.

The Story starts with Dr. Xavier showing Dr. Diane Fairfax his experiments with increasing the possibilities of eye sight in animals and humans. He has had some success with his monkeys...

The doctor's funding gets cut off, so, he decides to test his sight enhancing drug on himself, you know, like, why not?!.. Right?

Diane thinks it would be a good idea for the doctor to take a break so they go to a party.

The serum kicks in and Dr. Xavier sees some pretty interesting sights! And, he even gets a peek at Diane in the nude, which makes him blush.

The doc keeps on using the serum and things are getting extra weird. When Dr. Stone tries to inject Xavier with something to counteract the serum, well, Xavier pushes him aside and his friend falls through the window of the five story medical building!

Xavier disappears after the accident and reappears as a psychic at a carnival. He now has a helper named Crane who takes questions from the audience. Dungeon heroes Dick Miller and Jonathan Haze are in the audience, and Dick is being a dick. It all backfires on him when Xavier tells the audience all about what a fuck up he is, funny stuff!

Crane finds out that Xavier is actually a medical doctor and wants to make more money by having him diagnose the sick, so they move into an old medical room. Things are going well until Diane shows up, and she takes the doc away from the setup against Crane's will.

She takes him to Las Vegas, he has a plan...

The Doc cleans up at the '21' table and the supervisors get suspicious when he wins ever time!

His glasses get knocked off and it reveals his mutated eyeballs! Now he's seeing psychedelic skeletons instead of people,... Help, Mr. Wizard!!

Dr. Xavier takes Diane's car and drives into the desert, chased by a heckilopter even! He crashes the car and starts walking, then, he hears some noise. It's a holy roller revival, he stumbles to the entrance.

The doc testifies, he tells the crowd of the things he has seen. They respond with, "If thine eye offend thee... Pluck it out, pluck it out!" So's, he plucks each eyeball out... Kind of a crappy effect, but, it gets the point across! Tune in again on Wednesday as we edge our way toward 'Halloween Countdown!'


Randall Landers said...

Always a disturbing movie to watch. :)

Grant said...

Even if I didn't like this one, I'll watch almost anything with Don Rickles.

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