|Title:||X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes|
|09.25.10||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2010|
They brought Roger Corman into town this year. I didn't see Sharktopus last night at the Paramount but really wanted to get a rare chance to see this movie in a theater. the Corman Q&A was icing on the cake.
The print was gorgeous. The prismatic effects of early 60s special effects have a really unique feel to them and I think work quite well. Ray Milland is pretty great as well. I especially liked the party scene where the girl asks him to dance and he looks at her like she's a complete nutball for even thinking that he even entertains the thought of the possibility of him dancing ever in this world, much less with her. Then his subsequent dance is also pretty great. I've co-opted it into my repertoire and even used it at a wedding this past weekend. I think I didn't do it quite right because my friends said it looked kinda cool.
Anyway, the ending kind of threw me for a loop. I first saw this movie a long time ago when I read Stephen King's book Danse Macarbe. So I remembered there being a final line after Milland plucks his eyeballs out of him yelling "I can still see!!!" but apparently I only remember that because King wrote about it in his book! I guess it's just such a cool idea and fit so perfectly that my brain made it truth. Weird!
Really good movie though. One of the best saturday-matinee-sci-fi yarns I think.