X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

Suddenly he could see through clothes, flesh… and walls!
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  • RT Rating 88%
  • IMDB Rating 6.7

Critic Reviews:

Roger Corman‘s own genius is not unlike Doctor Xavier’s in the film. He can see right through the fat of conventional horror cliches to the lethal metaphor that lies hidden beneath. He makes good horror films because they all have something to say, beyond the immediate nightmares they so melodramatically describe.

For those who are nervous because of Corman’s name, don’t be. It’s not at all like his standard low-budget creature features. Despite the less monstrous sort of mad science that goes on here, it’s definitely a movie worth watching.

The Spectarama special effects may come off cheap looking (most of the budget went on Milland’s salary), but Milland’s performance is one of his finest, and lifts this sci-fi onto a whole different level. Slick, thoughtful and wholly original, it’s a powerful modern parable, with an eye opening shock ending that still disturbs. Among the cast are comedy legend Don Rickles, and Corman regulars Jonathan Haze and Dick Miller.