Today's film is available to watch easily via Netflix on Demand.
Yoinked from wikipedia, cinemademerde and eccentric-cinema.com ...
"4D Man (also questionably known as The Evil Force and reissued as Master of Terror) is a 1959 American science fiction independent film, produced by Jack H. Harris from his own original screenplay and directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. It was an filmed around Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
This late '50s sci-fi/horror tale was financed by Jack H. Harris, producer of the original The Blob (1957) and Dinosaurus! (1960). It's a fun, surprisingly well-made film featuring commendable special effects, a punchy all-jazz score, and an excellent lead performance by the late Robert Lansing.
Perhaps the most commented upon facet of 4D Man is composer Ralph Carmichael's unusual jazz score. It's more akin to that of a Noir-style police procedural than a science fiction film. You won't hear a single note played on a theramin. Bold and brassy horn riffs frequently accentuate the onscreen action with aural punctuation marks; the cool bass/drum passages wouldn't seem out of place in an episode of Twin Peaks. Occasionally inappropriate in scenes where no musical accompaniment at all would have served better (and in one case — the picnic in the park — getting downright silly), I think it's an asset to the film as a whole.
The film is just kind of fun in a silly way, and there’s all the additional emotional trauma [and subtext] to liven things up. Plus it’s just kind of a fun idea, being able to pass through things, and the whole thing of making people old and sucking up their life energy is kind of fun, too.
A very young Patty Duke has a small cameo as one of the 4D Man's victims.
In 1965 this film was recycled under the title 'Master of Terror' as part of the 'Master of Horror/Master of Terror' double feature. 'Master of Horror' was the Argentine film 'Obras Maestras del Terror" from 1960, which had nearly half of its footage edited out with the remaining footage dubbed into English.
Director Irwin S. Yeaworth, Jr. also directed, aside from The Blob, Dinosaurs! and The Flaming Teen-Age. Robert Lansing, who plays Scott, was Mister Seven in the original Star Trek episode Assignment: Earth, and also played Dan the reluctant boat driver in Empire of the Ants. Lee Meriwether still acts to this day, and was also in an original Star Trek episode, That Which Survives, as well as in The Time Tunnel, Mission: Impossible, Barnaby Jones, played Lily Munster in The Munsters Today and did a short stint as Catwoman.
Good stuff. Watch it!"
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... and again, today's film is currently available via the Netflix on Demand service. I will be watching it once I get off of work. Also, I freaking have to go to work today. Lame. So wish me luck!
And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).
ENJOY THE SHOW, Y'ALL!