X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

Synopsis: Dr. James Xavier is a world renowned scientist experimenting with human eyesight. He devises a drug, that when applied to the eyes, enables the user to see beyond the normal realm of our sight (ultraviolet rays etc.) it also gives the user the power to see through objects. Xavier tests this drug on himself, when his funding is cut off. As he continues to test the drug on himself, Xavier begins to see, not only through walls and clothes, but through the very fabric of reality!
Director(s): Roger Corman
Production: Orion Home Video
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
79 min

Now, look right.


They're both fine.

Retina's clear, muscles are perfect.

How is my vision, Doctor?

Excellent, Doctor,

as we previously tested.

Let's sit over here.

Why are you really here, James?

As I told you, to get my eyes examined.

Let's have another look.

You had the same examination

three months ago.

What makes you think

your eyes have changed in three months?

Nothing. Nothing yet.

Then this has something

to do with your research.

You're planning to

experiment upon yourself, aren't you?

All right.

You're a fine doctor.

You know what you're doing.

But you only have one pair of eyes.

And with them I want to see.

You see fine.

Sam, what's the range of human vision?

- Distance?

- No, wavelength.

Between 4,000 angstrom units

and 7,800 angstrom units.

You know that.

Less than one-tenth

of the actual wave spectrum.

What could we really see

if we had access to the other 90%?

Sam, we are virtually blind. All of us.

You tell me that my eyes are perfect.

Well, they're not.

I'm blind to all but a tenth

of the universe.

My dear friend,

only the gods see everything.

My dear doctor,

I'm closing in on the gods.

Go ahead, Doctor, make a diagnosis.

Foreign object.

Bullet, it looks like,

in the chest cavity.

All right. How about this one?

Lesion in the heart area,

maybe in the lungs.

Might be carcinoma.

Or a clot. Or just a fog on the plate.

Could be any number of things.

But what is it, really?

Just a shadow play.

A pattern to be used

for intelligent guesswork.

A slight help towards saving the life

of the man who made those shadows.

Immense help, Dr. Xavier.

When you have nothing better,

anything is an immense help.

That's light.

Waves of energy that excite the eye.

And the nerve cells

transmit this energy to the brain.

And with the brain, we see.

But there are other forms of energy

with different wavelengths.

Dr. Xavier, I've read your report.

Yes, but do you understand it?

Have you any idea

what I'm trying to accomplish here?

Dr. Fairfax, I'm developing a way

to sensitize the human eye

so that it sees radiation,

up to and including

the gamma rays and the meson wind.

Yes, I understand.

I understood your objective

when I first read your report.

Then why are you here?

Because the report in question

was dated nine months ago.

Because since that time, you have drawn

over $27,000 of the foundation's money

and we haven't had a word from you.

- Well, there have been problems.

- Then report them.

To whom, a group of businessmen who

can't tell one quantum jump from another?

No, to me.

The foundation found your research

worthy of support.

They also appointed me

as liaison to these special projects.

Listen, Doctor,

I've given up my own research

to help the foundation

and I won't be talked to

as if I were a child in kindergarten.

I knew of your reputation,

but I hadn't heard about your temper.

- Now, Doctor...

- You want a progress report?

I'll give you something better.

A demonstration.

Come with me.

Doctor Morgan...

You can be of some help.

Put these on.

Now, these are hormones, enzymes.

Their megalostructures

have been slightly altered.

Prepare that one in number two,

the second cage down.

He won't bite you.

It's all right.

Now, this compound, when used

in the eye, increases receptivity.

The sensitivity is enormously increased.

- Well, you've tried it?

- No.

Well, you're blunt, Doctor.

The monkey's been conditioned,

standard pleasure-pain technique.

Come on.

Come on.

All right, bring him here.

Put him there.

Now, when he sees the white,

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Robert Dillon is a screenwriter and film producer. In 1976 he was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen for French Connection II. In 2001 he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for Waking the Dead. Beginning his career in 1959, he has nearly fifty years of experience. more…

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