The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

The Incredible Melting Man is a 1977 American science fiction horror film about an astronaut whose body 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.


Financed by former Amicus partner Max J. Rosenberg (Tales from the Crypt), and written and directed by William Sachs, the film starred Alex Rebar as Steve West, the protagonist of the title, alongside Burr DeBenning as a scientist trying to help him, and Myron Healey as a United States Air Force general seeking to capture him.

The film – which initially was intended as a parody – includes several homages to science fiction and horror films of the 1950s, especially First Man into Space. Makeup artist Rick Baker provided the memorably gory and gloopy visual effects for the film, assisted by Greg Cannom and Rob Bottin.

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  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements
  • Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio Commentary with William Sachs
  • Super 8 digest version of the film
  • Interview with Writer/Director William Sachs and Makeup Effects Artist Rick Baker
  • Interview with Makeup Effects Artist Greg Cannom
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
  • Collector’s booklet featuring essays on the history of the film by Mike White and a brief history of Super 8 by Douglas Weir




Just how can we seriously judge a film that calls itself The Incredible Melting Man? This is the sort of film that is almost critic proof, because it is inherently, shamelessly trashy. The only thing that really matters is this – does it entertain?

The answer is most certainly ‘yes’. It’s a film that delivers everything required from this sort of thing – a steady supply of gore, gratuitous nudity, ripe dialogue and as few pauses for characterisation as it can get away with. Buy it now, without hesitation!

David Flint, Horrorpedia


Other reviews:

The Incredible Melting Man is an endearingly awful creature feature, without much horror or science fiction, although it can boast of gloriously gloopy special effects and make-up by Rick Baker.” Twitchfilm

“I actually found it pretty fun; once you get past the silly concept, it’s a pretty traditional “unwitting victim on a rampage” movie, with a major downer ending that adds a touch of Romero-esque cynicism to the proceedings.” Horror Movie a Day

“But most of those murders are a hoot and a holler (my favorite: the artfully composed shot of Steve’s shadow tossing the fisherman’s head, which then sails into the frame, lands in the water, and floats downstream until it goes splat at the bottom of a waterfall), and a monster as nauseating as Steve is a pretty compelling sight, even when moseying is all it’s up to. Besides, do you really watch a movie called The Incredible Melting Man for its story?” 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting


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” … a silly popcorn treat that well deserves its reputation as a cult classic thanks to its riotous dialogue and comedic performances (especially Myron Healey as the General). But the real hero here is make up legend Rick Baker whose blood, pus and mucous dripping effects are simply amazing (they look even better on Blu-ray). The film also served as a launch pad for emerging SFX talents like Greg Cannom and Rob Bottin.” Peter Fuller, Kultguy’s Keep

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4 replies

  1. Jesus the Christ! I watched this last night after the missus hit the sack and it was totally ridiculous in the most fantastical way possible! It felt like a 70s episode of the Hulk with added gunge and absolutely terrific dialogue. The bit with the head and the waterfall was proper visual poetry! The effects are slippery and gross with melted off ears hanging in fur trees and bone poking through gooey flesh. All in all it has cult classic branded into it’s malformed butt and I for one loved it more than crackers!

  2. Just picked up the Arrow Video release of this, can’t wait to get a minute to watch it. Really dig the new art Arrow is pimping out these releases with and the extras are plentiful. The killer Clowns and Society releases being particular highlights thus far.

  3. It will look so good next to Slime City!


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