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The Amazing Transparent Man is a 1960 science fiction film starring Marguerite Chapman. Based on the 1956 novel The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson, it is an American B-movie which follows the story of an insane ex U. S. Army major who uses an escaped criminal to steal materials to improve the invisibility machine his scientist prisoner made. It was one of two sci-fi films shot back to back by director Edgar G. Ulmer (the other being Beyond the Time Barrier). The combined filming schedule for both films was only two weeks. The film was later featured in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
The film has received very poor reviews and suffered in popularity as a result of its low budget. Leading science fiction author David Wingrove commented in his Science Fiction Source Book that “Its cheap-budget origins show throughout. Amazing claims too much for what is essentially a thriller involving an escaped criminal…”
The Amazing Transparent Man is in the public domain, and can be downloaded here for free: http://www.archive.org/details/The_Amazing_Transparent_Man.avi
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Not only is it yet another tiresome movie about exorcism, this time during the Middle Ages, but it also portrays demons in a manner uncritically promotional to and encouraging of literally medieval superstition in an already irrational and otherwise modern society.
Never mind that nobody has ever been killed by a demon, but quite a few people have been killed by botched exorcisms.
That’s the harm.
It amuses Troythulu that Mr. Cage is promoting this movie as “…unafraid to explore the paranormal and the supernatural.” (his words).
But aside from that, and aside from the quality of the film, which is at best debatable…
Apart from the obvious false dichotomy of the kinds of legitimate criticism that the article’s writer poses, the tone of the article ,(Click Me Here) seems typical of such promotions, but that’s the entertainment media for you…
It’s almost cliche to try to present a flick like this as both brave and different, despite both Hollywood and Bollywood having scads of such credulously-themed films coming out of their collective ears, movies which show a rigid fascination with woo in a very conventionalized, banal, ‘inside the box’ way…
Nic, dude, I respect you, I really like your movies, but if you think that this latest offering is in any way unusual, do yourself a favor and take a long, hard look at the rest of the entertainment industry to notice how typical and ordinary this sort of fare really is.
Often, I hear paranormal proponents who like to congratulate themselves (with straight faces, I might add…) for their openness toward and their ‘curiosity’ of well, what they propound on, but…
…Actual curiosity is a desire, the need, to learn new things, to find out something that you don’t already know.
What I see in proponents is instead a preoccupation with the subject matter that shows itself in repeatedly expounding upon, rarely with anything new to contribute to the topic short of very small tweaks, refinements, or minor stylistic variations, in the same standard claims of supernatural phenomena and entities.
It’s trying to continually validate what one already needs to believe and reword what one already knows about. In paranormal advocates, this extends to getting others to believe as well.
Evangelism, plain n’ simple.
That’s not curiosity at all, but a thorough and profound failure of both curiosity and the human imagination.
After all, how many truly original supernatural forces, events and beings are there even in admittedly fictional treatments already chock-full of erotic vampires, reincarnated mummies, vengeful ghosts, and demons just itching for someone to possess?
It’s the same old thing. Astrology… The afterlife… Telepathy… Crystal power… Channeling…
Ho hum. I’ll say it here: In most of the fare that’s cranked out by the entertainment industry, the paranormal has become boring.
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