Watch: X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes 1963 123movies, Full Movie Online – Dr. James Xavier is a world renowned scientist experimenting with human eyesight. He devises a drug, that when applied to the eyes, enables the user to see beyond the normal realm of our sight (ultraviolet rays etc.) it also gives the user the power to see through objects. Xavier tests this drug on himself, when his funding is cut off. As he continues to test the drug on himself, Xavier begins to see, not only through walls and clothes, but through the very fabric of reality!.
Plot: A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences.
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RELEASED IN 1963 and directed by Roger Corman, “X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes” chronicles events in Los Angeles when a doctor (Ray Milland) develops a formula that grants x-ray vision, which derails his career and forces him to join a carnival, using his new power to make a living. Diana Van der Vlis plays his disciple while Don Rickles is on hand as a carnival barker.
The early 60’s vibe is to die for, but the beginning is rather dull. Things perk up at an adult party where the aging doctor tries to keep hip and eventually sees everyone nakkid (lol). The carnival sequence and what it leads into are arguably the best parts, although the Vegas and tent revival episodes have their attractions. The movie scores meh on the female front, but Lorrie Summers and Cathie Merchant have small parts.
THE MOVIE RUNS 1 hour 19 minutes and was shot in Los Angeles, California & Las Vegas, Nevada. WRITERS: Robert Dillon and Ray Russell. ADDITIONAL CAST: Harold J. Stone and John Hoyt play colleagues of the doctor.
If thine eyes offend thee…
Brilliant Doctor Xavier is working on a a serum to hopefully improve human sight, he stumbles upon a formula that can give subjects x-ray vision. Refusing to wait for approval from colleagues, and driven by the potential the serum has, he tests it on himself. At first it seems to be a remarkable, almost beautiful thing, but as things move on, Xavier spirals downwards towards the darkest depths that man can see.
X is a totally memorable piece of sci-fi schlock, at times visceral with its weirdness, and at others wholly disturbing, this ranks as one of the best of director Roger Corman’s efforts. Ray Milland takes the lead role of Xavier and adds a touch of class to the proceedings, Xavier’s descent is quite something to observe with Milland layering it perfectly. From the jaunty hilarity of being able to see through peoples clothes, to the joy of being able to beat the casino at their own game, Xavier still has to go further because his pain is too much to bear, and only come the final shocking finale are we the viewers able to see clearly Xavier’s pain. 7/10
This movie still entrances 40+ years later
I just (finally) saw this film a few days ago, after years of hearing about it. The screening was the final show of a three-day SF/horror film festival. After three days of films, most people were feeling a bit loopy and ready for some light entertainment. As X opened, quite a few members of the audience started treating it as an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, shouting out their own (generally lame) joke comments in response to the film. I was annoyed, because I’d been looking forward to this film all weekend (although, in their defense, certain lines have become unintentionally loaded in the comparatively sexually liberated 21st century).
What I found fascinating was that, by 15 minutes into the movie, all the commentary stopped. Once the film moved beyond the talky opening scenes and stilted dialog, once the story really got going, everyone was drawn into it. They actually paid attention to the movie instead of each other.
As SF cinema goes, this is definitely one of the more entertaining, thoughtful, and intelligent examples (and intelligent SF film is a dying genre). This one goes well beyond the standard mad scientist formula.
This is one of two Roger Corman films that starred Ray Milland (the other being “The Premature Burial”). Interestingly, the two have been combined onto one DVD–and they both are very entertaining and would make a nice purchase for your home video collection.
In “X”, Ray Milland plays a crazed scientist who is working on a formula to improve vision. It seems he’s stumbled upon a formula to make eye drops that might allow someone to actually see through things! He is so focused on his work that he’s willing to even try out his formula on himself–a very, very bad decision in retrospect.
The film gets high marks for just being entertaining and goofy fun. It’s not intellectual or brilliantly made, but it is fun to watch–something too often neglected in film reviews. The only serious drawbacks are the ways that people behave in the film–it just didn’t make sense on many occasions. I’ll give a few examples. First, because Milland had such wonderful x-ray vision, he could see that a child about to undergo surgery actually has a tumor–the other doctor is wrong in his diagnosis. How this other doctor reacts–both before AND after Milland saves the girl makes no sense. Likewise, soon after this, a psychiatrist way overreacts to Milland’s powers–a tries to forcibly stab Milland with a hypo filled with a sedative while standing DIRECTLY NEXT TO A GIANT WINDOW!! Is anyone that dumb?! And, when the psychiatrist ends up falling out the window after a brief struggle, Milland runs–yet he’d really done nothing wrong–just reacted to people’s overreactions and assaultive behavior. It was as if he had a giant fly head or was Godzilla in the way some reacted! Come on, folks, he’s just got great vision!!
My score of 6 is for the overall quality of the film. It ain’t brilliantly made. But, as far as the entertainment factor goes, I’d give this one an 8–it is a must-see for lovers of low-budget 60s horror.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 19 min (79 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Roger Corman
Writer Robert Dillon, Ray Russell
Actors Ray Milland, Diana Van der Vlis, Harold J. Stone
Country United States
Awards 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Pathé Laboratory, USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm