Alex Cox said: "The Man with the X-ray Eyes, made for AIP, one of the all-time greatest exploitation houses, is a totally mad film with good ideas and cheesy special effects. However, it does have a splendidly surreal opening shot - 30 seconds of something you don’t want to see…"
Originally broadcast on 7th May, 1989 at 10:45pm. BBC2.
Dr. Xavier (Milland) develops eye drops intended to increase the range of human vision, allowing one to see beyond the visible spectrum. Believing that testing on animals and volunteers will produce uselessly subjective observations, he begins testing the drops on himself. Over time and with continued use of the drops, Xavier’s visual capacity increases and his ability to control it decreases causing shocking changes in the doctor’s persona.
“It is surprising how well the film stands up after this many decades. Even the bizarre ending has a resonating factor that helps enhance the film’s enjoyment quotient. The underlying question is all about how much one can desire to see before one sees far too much for any human to bear. This metaphor for the search for knowledge has helped X – The Man with the X-Ray Eyes to find its audience and fans (including author Stephen King) decade after decade.” PopMatters
“Intelligent sci-fi movie has a powerful performance from Milland.”