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PHIL SMITH
The Incredible Melting Man


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(NEL, London, 1978)
price: 75p; 160 pages


The blurb on the back:

He is a human time bomb. He must be stopped before he kills us all!


opening lines:
They roared out of Montreal in the early morning, along the multi-laned Decarie Expressway and then onto narrow country roads.


Those of you who remember the film might be puzzled by the idea of a novelization: after all, there wasnít anything to the movie except Rick Bakerís special effects, was there? No, there wasnít. The story is so simple as to be absurd: an astronaut returns to Earth, his flesh starts falling off him, and he starts killing people. Thatís it. The cover rightly illustrates the disintegration visited upon actor Alex Rebar, but itís not enough to keep you going through the text.

Adapted from the screenplay by William Sachs.


ARTISTIC MERIT: 1/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:
1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT:
2/5


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