The Incredible Melting Man (1977 film)

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The Incredible Melting Man (1977), AKA The Ghoul from Outer Space,


"Steven West, astronaut from Saturn, is melting. He must have human cells to survive. He is a living time bomb!" An astronaut is transformed into a murderous gelatinous mass after returning from an ill-fated space voyage.


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  • Release Date: 1977
  • Country/Language: USA, English
  • Genres/Technical: Sci-fi, Horror, Comedy (black comedy)
  • Setting: Modern, Cthulhu Icarus
  • Runtime: 1 hr 24 min
  • Starring: Alex Rebar, Burr DeBenning, Myron Healey
  • Director: William Sachs
  • Writer: William Sachs
  • Producer/Production Co: American International Pictures (AIP), Dynamite Entertainment, Quartet
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MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence and gore, Nudity, Adult Content, Profanity)

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Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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An astronaut begins to melt after he is exposed to radiation during a space flight to Saturn, driving him to commit murders and consume human flesh to survive.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • In the novelization, the planet the astronaut travels to is Mars, and the cause of his melting is a Martian virus.
  • Director William Sachs originally intended the film - to have been titled "The Ghoul from Space" - to be a campy, comic book-type homage to old school monster movies. However, the producers wanted a more grim straight-forward horror picture. The clashing of ideas resulted in much of the off-beat (and occasionally bizarre) tone of The Incredible Melting Man.
  • The film was shot in two weeks, and the budget was so low that the production couldn't afford stock footage of Saturn for its opening scene - instead, public domain stock footage of the sun was used.
  • Compare/contrast with the films The Quatermass Xperiment and the infamously awful Monster A Go-Go....

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Keeper Notes

  • The investigators trace a trail of bodies to a space expedition gone wrong, and the ghastly melting astronaut which was its sole survivor....