2 comments on ““Svengoolie” to showcase “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957), this Sat. on Me-TV

  1. I have a love/hate relationship with The Incredible Shrinking Man. On a surface level, I admire the skill of both the direction of Jack Arnold and the special visual effects of Clifford Stine to create the gradual “shrinking” of Scott Carey. However, despite Scott’s persistence and mostly unwavering hope that doctors will find a cure before it’s too late, the eventual loss of his life as he knew it at film’s end, depresses me on every viewing. The quasi-religious narrative at film’s end (a crutch of many 1950s Science-Fiction films) has always annoyed me as well. I did have the good fortune of seeing a pristine 35 mm print at a theater in the 1980s and the effects looked even better on the big screen. Still, I’m not sure I’m up for another viewing of The Incredible Shrinking Man even with Svengoolie’s much-needed humor, after having watched his presentation last year on May fourteenth. The pull to live-tweet with my fellow Sven-Pals is strong, so I may indeed find myself watching poor Scott’s futile struggle with his impending reduction again.

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    • Greetings, Gregory!

      It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Jack Arnold’s adaptation of Richard Matheson’s “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957) on TV (including Sven’s Oct. 2014 and May 2016 telecasts, Me-TV came into my hometown market in early 2013; I’ve come across “The Incredible Shrinking Man” from time-to-time on TCM). And you are correct, aside from the film’s special/visual effects, there are some distressing moments in the feature (especially around the conclusion). Hence Universal’s promotional tagline for the film (from the trade ad): “an unusual and very different motion picture.”

      That was fascinating that you got to experience a “big screen” revival showing of “The Incredible Shrinking Man” in the 1980s! Sven and the Berwyn crowd will have us all in good spirits for the Sat. evening telecast on Me-TV (along with the live-tweeting session with you and all fellow coast-to-coast SvenPals)!

      Happy early Thanksgiving greetings to you and to the entire crowd of fellow Svengoolie SvenPals out there, Gregory! Peace! -Yours Truly, Chris Hamby

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