Film / The Projected Man

A scientist experimenting with matter transmission from place to place by means of a laser beam suddenly decides to use himself as a test specimen. But the process goes awry, and one side of his body becomes hideously deformed and instantly lethal to anyone it touches.

Has nothing to do with the Trope.

It was featured on this episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.


  • Computer Equals Tapedrive: The computers in the film are large reel-to-reel machines. In order to use the teleporter, one of the scientists needs to 'program a reversal tape.'
  • Fanservice: Sheila, Dr. Steiner's assistant, has to take off her clothes...because her eyes hurt.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Steiner's superiors at...wherever he works...want to discredit and hinder him because they plan to steal his invention and take all of the credit for themselves. Why they wouldn't already own the rights to a technology they funded is never explained.
  • Immune to Bullets: For some reason gaining an electrical discharge power also made Steiner produce sparks when he gets shot, but otherwise leaves him unharmed.
  • Misapplied Phlebotinum: A device that can convert matter into energy would still be a tremendous breakthrough, even if it didn't have the capacity to reform it. Even if you couldn't build a transporter, the ability to convert useless matter like sand into energy would be a solid alternative energy source, since a major part of the plot involved a something called a "storage cell." And even if the process took more energy to produce than it made, you could still use to get rid of hazardous waste, making toxic waste dumps a thing of the past.
  • Monster Misogyny: Averted with Sheila and Dr Steiner. Despite being the one who bungled the operation (Sheila tried to turn off the machine in mid-teleport), Dr. Steiner only kidnaps her to learn about the blackmailing plot, and doesn't hold any ill will towards her because she helped him with the experiment. She's the only character that he doesn't immediately try to kill, and only puts her in danger when he leaves the apartment by setting it on fire with his electric touch, but it appears that he did that without thinking in his rush to leave.
  • Mugging the Monster: A weird variation. Instead of the monstrous Steiner being mugged on purpose, his teleporter accident dumps him near some crooks in the middle of a break-in and he fries them one at a time as they go into the alley in which he's hiding.
  • Psycho Electro: Dr. Steiner gains the ability to electrocute people with his hand after the teleporter mishap.
  • Teleporter Accident
  • That Poor Cat: A stray cat is the first victim of Dr. Steiner's electric mitts.
  • Two-Faced