YMMV: The Incredible Melting Man

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The scenes of Judy's mother (and her boyfriend) come out of nowhere and clash in tone with the rest of the film.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • It takes about six-and-half-years to get from Earth to Saturn. How did Melty get back to Earth so fast?
    • The Novelization has Steve on a landed Mars expedition, so the travel time is far less (though still a long trip.)
  • Designated Hero: Ted Nelson doesn't do a single heroic thing at all. Hell, the woman who cut off one of Melting Man's arms when he tries to kill her comes off as more heroic.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Novelization gives the reason for Steve's, er, "condition" as a Martian virus. Ebola, anyone?
  • Narm: Plenty, the nurse's slowed-down running scene near the beginning, or the fisherman's line, 'Don't scare away the fishes.'
    • The elderly citrus thieves are completely bonkers.
    • "DON'T SHOOT! I'M TED NELSON!" (blam!)
    • All of these are almost certainly artifacts from the original plan to make the film a spoof. There are tons of things left in the flick that could have very easily been played for laughs, only they weren't.
  • Narm Charm: Helen and Harold, the elderly couple, are funny and adorable.
  • Nausea Fuel: Pretty much the entire movie. The astronaut even leaves puddles of himself behind with every step!
    • The Melting Man's death scene is particularly gruesome, though. (But hilarious!)
  • Padding: Dear God, yes. The same "You've never seen anything til you've seen the Sun through the rings of Saturn!" transmission, and so on.
  • Squick: As you might expect.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: While the story, characters, tone, writing and lighting leave a lot to be desired, the effects of Rick Baker are really good. Not enough to save the film though.
  • Wangst: Okay, we get it - more horror movies have a callous attitude towards death, but everyone in this film, especially Ted, wildly overreact to it.