This is a surprisingly good movie! Intense, effective, weird, with interesting visuals and a rather gripping story that goes off the rails in a good way.
Introduction: For the non-B-movie, initiated, “X” is the story of a doctor (Ray Milland) who believes he can expand the human visual spectrum. He believes it would be invaluable for doctors and replace imprecise tools like X-rays. He develops a formula and tests it on himself. And it works! But he continues testing even as the effects grow more powerful and debilitating, and they start to destroy his life. It only gets worse from there.
The movie has its share of cheesy elements to be sure, like the eyeball cam, but the story works and it has some very good twists, like
“The bandages? Oh yes, I’d forgotten.”
Of course I wish to hell they’d made the rumored ‘Stephen King’ ending. That would be an all-time classic conclusion to a movie - although the actual ending is not bad.
I never say this, but I’d really like to see this movie remade. You could do away with some of the early-60s visual cheesiness, keep most of the story as it is, and modernize the effects. And now I’m seeing that a remake is supposedly in the works, with the director of 28 Days Later.