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X the Man with X Ray Eyes (1963)

Director: Roger Corman
Starring:Ray Milland, Diana Van der Vlis, Harold J. Stone, John Hoyt, Don Rickles. USA. 1h 19m

This is easily one of my all time favourite sci fi movies, defiantly of the 60’s possibly in my top sci fi films of all time. It has a beautiful on point atmosphere of a retro American comic come to life and condensed into 1 hour and 20 minutes it keeps a busy pace with minimum fluff.

Dr James Xavier (Miland) is obsessed with taking mankind forwards scientifically, always looking for that miracle breakthrough he invents a new chemical, a drug which makes people see with X-Ray vision, excited about the possibilities and under threat of his funding being taken away he administers the drug to himself with dramatic effects. Through a series of unfortunate events he ends up on the run from the police but continues to develop the drug and probe it’s possibilities.

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The Terror (1963)

Director: Roger Corman
Starring: Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, Sandra Knight, Dick Miller, Dorothy Neumann. USA. 1h 20m

There’s not a lot to this old meets new Roger Corman film, a gothic ghostly romance that features Boris Karloff near the end of his career and Jack Nicholson near the beginning of his illustrious career and he’s still quite wet behind the ears, especially in stark contrast of the seasoned Karloff, but even with his mastery it’s easy to see that the film would have benefitted from being much shorter.

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Please don’t touch me (1963)

(Drama, Mystery 1963) (12) D/W: Ron Ormand C: Lash La Rue, Ruth Blair, Larry Wallace 1h 7m. USA

TAGLINE : Why did marriage have to be like this? CRUEL UGLY Why couldn’t it bring me the happiness I longed for?

A woman who is unable to have sex with her husband goes to a psychiatrist for help. He sends her to a hypnotist, who finds out she has a deep, dark secret.


I was really pleased to find this movie after all these years, it is a shame that Ron Ormand is pretty unknown apart from those hardcore psychotronic film addicts like myself.

This is a shame as his movies; especially the ones of this era have a unique and consistent eccentric style.

The film opens with some educational footage of hypnotism, there were operation scenes, pins being pushed through skin, nail beds and more! I do like how movies from the 50’s through to the 70’s liked to educate it’s audience before showing them the full feature, rather than just assuming you’ve done your homework before watching the movie, it helps answer any obvious questions but is also a huge tool for the director to herd the audience into a false sense of security.

Then the movie starts, a frustrated young couple,  a husband trying to get his end away and a gorgeous and provocative yet frigid fire crotch wife. You learn that the wife has been raped as a child a scene which is repeated throughout the vivid movie, but there is more.. something deeper and darker that only a psychiatrist and hypnotist can answer.

The dialogue is long and “groovy” the outfits all show off various curvy figures and the posing is unbelievably gay.. but that’s the charm of this swinging 60’s flick.