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X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

The Man with Two Brains

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X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

Legendary low budget filmmaker Roger Corman and Academy Award winning actor Ray Milland team up for the cautionary sci-fi tale X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes. In the film, Milland plays Dr. James Xavier, a noted scientist developing an eye drop that will allow man to use the full spectrum of vision. To secure continued funding, he experiments on himself, with unintended consequences. When the doctor uses his newfound X-ray abilities for prurient reasons, he soon realizes that he can’t control the power, leaving death and destruction in his wake. With noteworthy visual effects to express the aforementioned visions, a game performance by acclaimed leading man Milland and a surprisingly effective supporting turn by a young Don Rickles as a hustler trying to capitalize on the doctor’s unique talents, X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes is one of American International Pictures and Corman’s best science fiction film achievements.

“An undoubted cult classic.” – Time Out

“Easily one of the best Roger Corman movies I’ve seen” – Kyle Anderson, Nerdist

Tim Lucas discusses X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes on the New Beverly blog.

 


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The original 13-chapter 1936 Flash Gordon serial flies into the New Beverly in glorious 35mm! Chapter 3: Captured by Shark Men screens before X: the Man with the X-Ray Eyes with future exciting installments playing before select Sci-Fi Summer screenings in June and July.


 

Director
Roger Corman
Starring
Ray Milland, Diana Van der Vlis, Harold J. Stone, John Hoyt, Don Rickles
Year
1963
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
79 minutes

The Man with Two Brains

Director Carl Reiner and Steve Martin teamed up for this funny science-fiction spoof with Martin as a pioneering brain surgeon victimized by his gold-digging new wife (Kathleen Turner). When the two combine Martin’s medical convention trip with their honeymoon, they learn the city of Vienna is being terrorized by the Elevator Killer. Just by chance, Martin runs into a mad scientist (David Warner) who has found a way to keep brains alive in jars. He’s been recycling the grey matter from the Elevator Killer’s victims, and when Martin visits his lab, he falls in love with a female brain (voiced by an uncredited Sissy Spacek). Coincidentally, Martin’s vicious new wife, Turner, is the Elevator Killer’s next victim. Can you tell where we’re going with all this?

“This is the most assured and hilarious of the three Martin-Carl Reiner collaborations.” – Richard Schickel, Time

“Hilarious. Underrated Martin.” – Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner

“Martin wasn’t a particularly dirty comic on his various albums, but The Man With Two Brains is brazenly R-rated, hilariously filthy, and the film feels like it could have only happened with [Steve Martin and Carl Reiner] working together.” – Drew McWeeny, HitFix

View the full set of German lobby cards for The Man With Two Brains on the New Beverly forum.

Tim Lucas discusses The Man With Two Brains on the New Beverly blog.

Director
Carl Reiner
Starring
Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner, Paul Benedict, Richard Brestoff, James Cromwell
Year
1983
Rated
R
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
93 minutes

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