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)
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.
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