Review: ‘The Projected Man’

Prof. Steiner (Bryant Haliday), whose experiments involve converting objects to energy and reforming them elsewhere, is in conflict with Dr Blanchard (Norman Wooland), his superior at a research foundation. Latter is being forced by a third party to see that the experiments fail. After an important demonstration is sabotaged, Steiner is told the project will be dismantled.

Prof. Steiner (Bryant Haliday), whose experiments involve converting objects to energy and reforming them elsewhere, is in conflict with Dr Blanchard (Norman Wooland), his superior at a research foundation. Latter is being forced by a third party to see that the experiments fail. After an important demonstration is sabotaged, Steiner is told the project will be dismantled.

Anxious to continue, he attempts to project himself into a visiting scientist’s living room but an accident causes him to miss target, become facially disfigured and possessed with an electrical charge that is fatal on contact.

Screenplay [from a screen story by Frank Quattrocchi] is a mosaic compiled from other films but the pieces hang together fairly well, though the origin and motives of the third party (Derrick de Marney) are never fully explained. Happily, the characters do not fall prey to the usual cliches. Deformed scientist Steiner is ‘angry’ but not ‘insane,’ and retains his human personality, killing only from fear or sense of justice.

Acting is generally good, though Tracey Crisp’s secretary is simply a sexy ingenue. Director Ian Curteis fills the Techniscope screen with compositions inspired by Sidney Furie’s Ipcress File style that keep the film visually lively without resorting to outright imitation. Lighting sharply selects or outlines objects and the costume and setting colors are chosen with an eye for subtle contrast.

The Projected Man

UK

Production

MLC/Compton. Director Ian Curteis; Producer John Croydon, Maurice Foster; Screenplay John C. Cooper, Peter Bryan; Camera Stanley Pavey; Editor Derek Holding; Music Kenneth V. Jones; Art Director Peter Mullins

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 77 MIN.

With

Mary Peach #Bryant Haliday Norman Wooland Ronald Allen Derek Farr Tracey Crisp
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