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Decades of Horror 1970s – Episode 1 – The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

Welcome to the first episode of the  Decades of Horror 1970s  podcast with your hosts The Black Saint and Doc Rotten. Each month, the show will revisit one of the classic – or not so classic – horror films from the Seventies: b-movies, blockbusters, grindhouse gems and z-grade dreck. It’s all about the films that shaped a generation of horror fans and the future of horror films as well.

For the first episode, The Black Saint has chosen the Rick Baker effects spectacle,  The Incredible Melting Man  from 1977. The movie was billed as “The First New Horror Creature,” whatever that means. While Doc admits he walked out of the film back in 1977, The Black Saint loves the film, loves the cheese and all the zany nonsense.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 1 — The Incredible Melting Man (1977)
(45.27min, 26.41MB)
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The Incredible Melting Man  is a grand example of horror from the 1970s, ambitious, practical effects and out there – striving to reach new ground and make a lasting impression, regardless of how successful it may be at any of those goals. On the special features of the terrific Shout Factory Blu-Ray edition, director William Sachs sighs that most audiences didn’t “get” the movie and its message; surprisingly, The Black Saint freely admits he too has no idea what Sachs is talking about with the film, but he still loves all the goofy plot holes and the terrific, gooey effects from legendary artists Rick Baker.

We want to hear from you, our valued listeners:  leave us a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror 1970s podcast hosts at theblacksaint@decadesofhorro.com or docrotten@decadesofhorror.com.

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Doc Rotten
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior. Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.

2 Replies to “Decades of Horror 1970s – Episode 1 – The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

  1. Hey Doc,

    Can’t locate this on Itunes yet. Will it be soon? Love the expansion you guys are doing.

  2. Doc and Saint, this is absolutely one of my favorite podcasts from your myriad offerings. You both sound relaxed and rejuvenated about sharing your thoughts on this great decade for horror. I can’t wait to here more! I’m watching “The Brood” this week in anticipation of episode 2. I haven’t seen it since its initial theater run!

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