Still Watching the Skies: Episode 48 “X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes”
“And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.” – Matthew 18:9
This episode, Cody, Robert, and Nat enter the wild world of Roger Corman with X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES. X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES is a mix of hubris, psychedelic visuals, Ray Milland, Don Rickles, and a surprising amount of thoughtfulness.
Perhaps most surprising about the movie is how it walks right up to the line of being a schlocky exploitation film, perhaps to satisfy those who came just for that, and chooses to take another path. It’s a case of having your cake and eating it too.
The second most surprising thing is just how good Don Rickles is. You’d expect a comedy cameo and instead he delivers an actual performance. Again, the film goes beyond the call of duty at each turn.
But, it’s Milland’s committed performance that lends the film real power. It couldn’t have been easy at times, but we have a strong, thoughtful performance of a man alienated and brought down by hubris. It’s a remarkable performance for a Corman film in its sensitivity and commitment. It gives X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES real power.
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X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES: 0:00 to 45:15
Year Four Recap: 45:15 to 1:06:24
Next Films and Outro: 1:06:24 to End