''The Incredible Melting Man'' is a cheeseball 1977 American sci-fi horror film about an astronaut who is exposed to outer-space radiation and then comes back transformed into a hideous monster. The good news is that [[Film/MonsterAGoGo unlike the last time this happened, there really IS a monster here!]]

The bad news: that's not good news.

You see, Doctor Steve West's time over on Saturn has left him slowly melting into glop while simultaneously giving him superhuman strength and an insatiable appetite that only human flesh can sate (and a little aside for any monsters reading this: How do you guys know that only human flesh will satisfy your unholy urges if you'll never ''try'' something different? Geez). Don't bother asking about [[FridgeLogic how he can easily pull victims apart with a rapidly deteriorating musculoskeletal structure]]; that'll just get in the way of all the ooey-gooey makeup effects! To its credit, this is one of the few things the movie does do well; Rick Baker's nastily convincing special effects really do look every bit like a man slowly liquifying before our eyes, and the movie is packed with NauseaFuel and graphic violence that really stood out at the time.

Okay, now for the bad stuff: The movie is also poorly written, dimly lit, loaded with uninteresting characters, and contains an extremely bad and unsatisfying ending in which everyone with a speaking part dies and the Incredible Melting Man [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin melts. Incredibly]]. And is thrown away by a janitor. The director wanted to do the movie as a parody, which could have indeed worked —several things left in the final film even hint at this original plan— but sadly, [[ExecutiveMeddling the studio forced him to turn it into a straight horror flick]], resulting in the ludicrous mess moviegoers wound up seeing.

''Not to be confused with The Molten Man, a Franchise/SpiderMan supervillain.''

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode see ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S07E04TheIncredibleMeltingMan here]]''.
!!This film provides examples of:

* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Saturn, being a gas giant, doesn't have a surface on which a spaceship can land or from which it can take off.
** Also those aren't the rings of Saturn. They don't even remotely look like the rings of Saturn.
*** It's the sun, complete with [[IncendiaryExponent Coronal Mass Ejections.]]
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The fisherman's head seems to be made of papier mache, filled with a liter's worth of red temper paint.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler: Amazingly the doctor is the one character to survive but he disappears from the film.]]
* BodyHorror: Good God, yes.
* CatScare: A particularly nonsensical one.
* DownerEnding. And a bizarre one.
* DullSurprise: Ted Nelson, when he isn't experiencing severe {{Wangst}}.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: No, seriously, there is no story.
* ExecutiveMeddling: This was intended as a parody of horror films; the producers decided it would work better as a straight horror film and cut out many of the (intentionally) comedic scenes. The result was indeed hilarious, but not quite the way it was intended.
* {{Gorn}}: Ugh, the film is ''[[{{Pun}} dripping]]'' with it...
* HeyItsThatGuy: Creator/JonathanDemme has a bit role.
** FanService courtesy of ExploitationFilm favorite Cheryl Smith.
* ImMelting: Well, obviously.
* [[spoiler: KillEmAll: Not that you'll care, really.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: One bizarre moment, when Ted speaks ''directly'' to the camera when consoling Judy, blaming himself for his emotional distance.
* MoralDissonance: Judy's mother and Harold opt not to buy candy as a gift for their visit because they don't want her eating candy while pregnant. Eventually they decide to buy a bottle of wine.
* NeutralFemale: Judy.
** Ted is a good example of a Neutral Male since he [[spoiler: stands by and does absolutely nothing while the Melting Man overpowers the sheriff and subsequently tosses him into some power lines.]]
* ParodyRetcon: Inverted. The director has gone on record to say that he intended it from the start to be a parody of monster flicks, but that that the final product isn't one. It ended up being a hot mess thanks to ExecutiveMeddling, when the studio insisted that he play it all totally straight against his wishes.
* SayMyName: "I'M TED NELSON!" ''[[spoiler: BLAM! BLAM! BLAM!]]''
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Judy's mother when guard dogs start attacking them when they're trespassing on a lemon grove.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: The eponymous character is an astronaut who has been irradiated on his way back from Saturn and who is slowly melting to death. There is no cure whatsoever. Only killing and consuming people stops his pain, even briefly. [[spoiler:In the end, during a confrontation at a power plant, his best friend is endangered and the astronaut regains a bit of humanity and saves his life — but said friend is shot to death by a pair of random security guards. The astronaut kills the guards, collapses and expires. A janitor cleans up what's left of the astronaut the next day and throws him into the garbage. Oh, also? ''More'' astronauts are headed to Saturn.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: The sheriff's radio is playing a spritely Country-Western song when he finds the corpses of Judy's parents.
* SuperStrength: [[BlessedWithSuck Apparently a side effect of the melting.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Ted Nelson. [[spoiler:And he doesn't.]]
* UnusualEuphemism: '''HOTCHGKA!'''
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally was going to be a spoof of horror films, until the executives told the director to play it straight. He wasn't amused.
* [[YourHeadAsplode Your Head Falls Onto a Rock and Bursts Like a Watermelon]]