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.
 
IMDB:
6.7
Rotten Tomatoes:
88%
NOT RATED
Year:
1963
79 min
261 Views


Now, look right.

Left.

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,

he'll pull the corresponding switch

and the light will go on.

When he sees the blue, he'll do the same

thing and the blue light will go on.

And the same thing with the red.

Now, watch.

Nothing up the sleeves.

White, the one he normally sees.

But he can't see the blue.

It's covered by the white screen.

But he does see it.

And the red. He sees the red.

Well, they're both covered.

But don't you understand yet? He sees

through them, as if they were glass.

What did he see?

What did he see?

Thanks, Doctor.

Can't find a thing.

The tissues are fine.

The autopsy?

Heart failure, nothing else.

I'd call it shock.

Because of what it saw?

No, because it couldn't comprehend

or adjust to what it saw or saw through.

That's all.

No pathology, no degeneration,

tissues perfectly healthy.

Dr. Fairfax...

I think after tonight's work,

you can call me Diane.

Thank you.

I'd like to buy you a cup of coffee.

That's the best experiment

I've heard all night.

You're on, Doctor.

Do you take it black?

- Yes.

- Good.

Now, you're a pretty good worker.

Why did you give up research

and take to moneylending?

I don't lend it, I give it away.

A million dollars

before breakfast every morning.

How do your eggs taste then?

Flat.

You didn't answer my question.

I did, in a way.

When the foundation picked me for the job,

I didn't want it, and then I did.

Why?

Because it needed somebody who cared,

somebody who would support

some of the...

Well, more untraveled paths.

Like mine?

James, why do you want to see so much?

Well, why do you want

to go on breathing? To stay alive.

It's much the same thing with me.

I'm curious, intensely curious.

No, I mean the purpose.

How can you use your new vision?

There are thousands of ways.

You're sitting right on top of probably

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Robert Dillon

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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