4d Man (1959 film)
4D Man, AKA 4-D Man, The Evil Force, Master of Terror
"Man's first adventure into the incredible 4th dimension!" An experiment in interdimensional travel goes terribly wrong when one of the brothers working on the project begins walking through walls to drain the life-force of unsuspecting victims....
- Release Date: 1959
- Country/Language: USA, English
- Genres/Technical: Action, Horror, black-and-white
- Setting: 1950s
- Runtime: 1 hr 25 min
- Starring: Robert Lansing, Lee Meriwether, James Congdon
- Director: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
- Writer: Theodore Simonson (screenplay), Cy Chermak (screenplay), Jack H. Harris (original idea)
- Producer/Production Co: Jack H. Harris, Fairview Productions, Jack H. Harris Enterprises
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- Rated: not rated (Equivalent to a PG for mild violence)
Would at one time have rated a "G" or an equivalent to "TV-G", playing with only minor cuts to general TV audiences on "creature features" and the like.
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)
An experiment with other dimensions has tragic and horrific consequences; the premise sounds more Lovecraftian on paper than on film, but the basic idea might still be adaptable to a Call of Cthulhu scenario - played straight as a low- or non-mythos scenario, or with some adaptation to add weird elements like monsters, a supernatural angle to complement the sci-fi, etc.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Review by Graeme Clark at The Spinning Image (Link) - (6/10 Stars)
- Review by Jon Davidson at Midnite Reviews (Link) - (7/10)
- Review by Glenn Erikson at DVD Savant (Link) -
- Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (Link) - (3/5 Stars)
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An experiment in interdimensional travel goes terribly wrong when one of the brothers working on the project begins walking through walls to drain the life-force of unsuspecting victims....
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
Associated Mythos Elements
- fiction: scenario creators might mashup ideas from this film to stories like "From Beyond (fiction)" or "Dreams in the Witch House (fiction)"
- film: compare/contrast with X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963 film)
- A series of mysterious and seemingly impossible crimes lead the investigators to realize that a mad scientist with power over the fourth dimension might be responsible.
- An experiment into exploring the 4th Dimension opens a portal into horror beyond time and space for mutated scientists; just add extra-dimensional monsters, body horror, portals to strange worlds, etc....