Indestructible Man (1956)

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Indestructible Man (1956)

Post  BoG on Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:37 pm

The film is told in flashback and hence has annoying narration. Lon Chaney plays an unpleasant convicted killer called "Butcher"  - sentenced to death. He's got issues with his own lawyer, who he thinks back-stabbed him, and swears revenge. Of course, the lawyer doesn't think too much of this threat since Butcher is executed later that night. However, the body is taken to a local scientist who has just perfected a technique involving electricity. He zaps Butcher's body and Butcher returns to life, although - as the narrator explains - he's no longer human due to the change to his cellular structure. He is now impervious to everything from needles to bullets, and is immensely strong. Also, he can no longer speak because the electricity fried his vocal cords. He quickly goes on a killing spree while seeking the backstabbing lawyer and his cronies.

Though very low budget and slow in parts, this is also strangely effective at times, a combination Frankenstein and Point Blank (1967). When Chaney is in action, the scenes are fairly entertaining. The backstory on why Chaney's role is almost without dialog - he had just undergone surgery for cancer, but I dunno if this was the original script or it had to be changed. It's a weakness to the story - the narration is sometimes intrusive and seems to have been incorporated to make up for the lack of dialog in Chaney's scenes. The title is as if it's from a comic book, with Chaney's Butcher an early film version of a super-villain. There's an action-packed finale as the police throw everything in their arsenal at the superhuman. BoG's Score: 4.5 out of 10
Indestructible Trivia: an early role for Joe Flynn as the scientist's assistant; he went on to those Disney movies in which he also encountered mutated humans, whether invisible or The Strongest Man in the World (1975).
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