The Illustrated Man (1969 film)

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"Don't dare stare at the illustrated man." A young drifter is led into a world of fear when the images on the skin of a tattooed hobo come to life in this anthology film based on the stories of Ray Bradbury.


  • Release Date: 1969
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror
  • Runtime: 1 hr 43 min
  • Starring: Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom, Robert Drivas
  • Director: Jack Smight
  • Writer: Ray Bradbury (book), Howard B. Kreitsek (screenplay)
  • Producer/Production Co: SKM
  • View Trailer: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: M (Violence, Adult Content, mild Profanity, brief Nudity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not very "Lovecraftian", though there is some common ground on some of the nightmare imagery and the bleakly pessimistic weird fiction themes (compare "The Long Rain" to Lovecraft's "In the Walls of Eryx (fiction)", for example). Some Lovecraft fans may appreciate the period setting for the framing story, and the dreamlike quality of the stories.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


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A young drifter is led into a world of fear when the images on the skin of a tattooed hobo come to life, telling nightmarish stories:

  • "Prologue" - how the hobo met Felicia, a mysterious and seductive tattooist, at a remote farmhouse
  • "The Veldt" - a futuristic tale of creepy children and Virtual Reality gone wrong
  • "The Long Rain" - a futuristic tale about the doomed survivors of a crashed expedition to Venus
  • "The Last Night of the World" - the last survivors of the human race gather to fulfill a prophecy of the end of the world


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