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INFRA-MAN - 4 Slimes
Rated PG
Copyright 1975 Shaw Brothers
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Infra-Man - Originally a man named Rayma, he has been imbued with amazing powers. In fact HE IS POWER! (Hehehehe!)
  • Professor Chan - Brilliant scientist who created the Infra-Man, I think he looks like a Chinese version of Colonel Sanders.
  • Chu Ming - Once Rayma's friend, now brainwashed and an agent for evil. Presumed dead after taking a lava bath.
  • The Octopus Mutant - Tentacled beast which can shoot an explosive fluid and teleport. Turned into calamari by our hero.
  • The Laser Horn Monster - Imagine if Rapunzel lived to be seventy and had about that many cats, this is what she would look like. Ends up sleeping with the fishes.
  • The Giant Beetle Monster - Normally just a "Big Beetle Monster," he can increase his size to cause more damage. Squashed by Infra-Man.
  • The Driller Beast - Equipped with a powerful drill on one arm, but no match for Infra-Man's rocket kick attack.
  • The Emperor of Doom - Scaly freak with red horns and mustache, he can spit fire and hide within solid rock. Unfortunately he is hiding inside a wall that Infra-Man kicks through.
  • The Iron Fist Robots - Twin constructs whose heads and spiked fists are deadly weapons (they're attached to the body with an industrial strength slinky). Disassembled by Infra-Man.
  • Princess Dragon Mom - Pound for pound you just can't beat a Chinese woman with bleached hair and a whip as the villain. Add the ability to transform into a flying lizard and I get all warm inside.
  • She-Demon - Administrative assistant for evil, she has eyes in the palms of her hands. I can think of several reasons not to want a point of view from that perspective. Knocked into a pit of lava by Infra-Man.
  • Skull Warriors - Hehehehe! People wearing black suits and helmets which have "bones" evident. Now what in the world could a kung fu film need dozens of generic fighters for?

Buy It!

The Plot: 

Make sure that you are sitting down for this.

A few years after my birth the Shaw Brothers (patron saints of Hong Kong kung fu flicks) made another movie, it was anything except "just another kung fu film," for they included a generous helping of science fiction. What you end up with is a jaw dropping production involving some guy in a red suit battling dozens of baddies, also dressed in various costumes.

Ultraman and Spectreman can certainly be considered ancestors to the "Power Rangers," but upon seeing this movie you must agree Infra-Man is their father. Of course this would be a very Chinese father for a group of very unChinese kids. Ethnic adultery aside, that is the deal.

You see, after sleeping through the last ice age Princess Dragon Mom wakes up. She is dismayed to find what was once her kingdom is now absolutely infested with humans and sets out to make them her slaves. Lucky for us that Professor Chan just finished developing the Infra-Man and Rayma immediately volunteers to become a super hero worthy of most French fashion shows.

Battling through dozens of monsters with kung fu, laser beams, and explosive kicks is what being Infra-Man is all about. Some of the fight scenes are absolutely priceless and the really fun thing is this: when not destroying stuff the evil mutants all stand around in a room dancing (badly). A careless observer will notice something vaguely *cough* resembling a zipper flap on the back of many foes, this is not what it appears to be. Evolution stuck that there, um, for some reason or another.

My only problem with becoming Infra-Man? That strange sound he makes doing anything, it would be rather disconcerting at times (think "public bathroom").

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Earthquakes are caused by angry women with bleached hair.
  • Scientists have a rank structure, just like the military.
  • Having a flashing red light under the diagram you are trying to follow is helpful.
  • The Japanese branch of the Hell's Angels just isn't the same.
  • Marco Polo was once a pretty dangerous game.
  • When Chinese people point it might come across as rude to Americans.
  • Never wear a scarf, it just provides a handy object for someone to gag you with.
  • Freezer burn greatly impedes on your kung fu.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • Opening Credits - I can already tell this is going to be special.
  • 3 mins - Why didn't he just back the van up? The city is on fire! What is going on? Help!
  • 10 mins - Good job, but there are more dolls to save.
  • 26 mins - There is a hole in the seat of his pants.
  • 38 mins - That must be one of those "here is what you are looking for" detectors.
  • 52 mins - Driller Beast is equipped with those massive claws, why doesn't he just smash up the place?
  • 61 mins - Professor Chan spent exactly two minutes bonding with his daughter, what a dad.
  • 63 mins - I thought it was "Mount Devil" and not "Mount Demon."
  • 88 mins - Repeatedly cutting her head off does not seem to be working. Still, it is a good thing that you are not fighting a hydra.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note inframan1.wav Dragon Mom: "Greetings to you Earthlings; I am Princess Dragon Mom. I have taken over this planet. Now I own the Earth, and you'll be my slaves for all eternity."
Green Music Note inframan2.wav Prof Chan: "This is the result of an entire life's work, the Infra-Man."
Rayma: "I don't understand."
Prof Chan: "To fight the underground invaders we need a man with supernatural powers."
Green Music Note inframan3.wav Dragon Mom: "I wish to speak to the mutants in their chamber. Focus them in at once!"
Green Music Note inframan4.wav Prof Chan: "There are other weapons I haven't given you as yet. For success it's essential you have thunderball fists."
Rayma: "I can have such a thing?"
Prof Chan: "That's right, thunderball fists!"

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Video Clipinframan1.mpg - 3.2m
Infra-Man is running amok in the enemy's control room here, battling Skeletons and She-Demon. I would try to explain further, but you are going to have to watch it. Just imagine an entire film like this!

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Infra-Man
Reply #9. Posted on March 31, 2002, 07:55:48 PM by
I own it. I watched it. I still think this movie is dementedly funny.
Infra-Man
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Santo
I saw Infra Man when i was a kid with my mom at a drive inn by my house.I loved the movie so much i had begged my cousin to take me to see it again!Then later in life it came on TV (SCI FI Theater) TBS channel back in 1989.
I taped it and kept it ever since..
Now my son (age 6) whos a big Power Ranger fan. I found the tape and showed it to him and he loved it to..To bad Infra Man won't be back any time in the future but he's still in me and my son heart..   04/05/02
Infra-Man
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by George Beatty
I saw this Gem at a 24 hour Sci-fi movie marathon in the early 90's. Its crammed full of Kung fu action with a kickass Hero, crap acting and ill fitting monster outfits. So let me ask you, what else is needed in such a B-grade classic? A great time to be had by all and is my fave in this film genre. Inframan Rocks!!
Infra-Man
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by S.Spaise
I almost got thrown out of the theatre when I 1st saw this
(age 12)you rock the world for putting this site up,
the new celestial pictures release of this film should be out this year...keep an eye out!!!
Infra-Man
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Erek
I had forgotten all about this movie.  I must have seen it 5 or 6 times in the movie theater in OK when it came out in 1975 (I was 5).  I think my cousins and I saw every weekend.  My uncle would leave and go to a bar..HeHe.  I think I just might buy it for my kids.  I am pretty sure this is the movie that shaped my world view of science.  Any thing is possible...even a thunderballt fist.  I hope it doesn't suck when I see it again.
Infra-Man
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by John Cassidy
Just to clarify things, ULTRAMAN is not the sole basis for SUPER INFRAMAN, but mainly KAMEN (MASKED) RIDER.  KAMEN RIDER, created by manga cartoonist Shoutarou Ishinomori in 1971, was the one that gave birth to the posing, morphing superheroes that flourished throughout the 70s to this day, with HUNDREDS of imitations!  So SUPER INFRAMAN didn't "inspire" the POWER RANGERS (which were not even American, either; They are based on another KAMEN RIDER offshoot, the Sentai Series, which started in 1975).  I'm afraid Americans have WAY too much to learn about Japanese superheroes and their influence.

However, I WILL agree that SUPER INFRAMAN kicks ass!  And, in many ways, surpasses its inspirations.  Probably the best Asian superhero film, bar-none.
Infra-Man
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Todd Shields
Even thought the SPFX are worst than those in TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (which was released in Japan at the same time this one was released in Hong Kong), this Ultraman/Kamen Rider rip off is better than the last classic G-flick (and better than GODZILLA 1985, for that matter).
INFRAMAN (who looks like Ultraman's gay cousin) was a lot more fun than the above mentioned 'serious' G-flicks (see my comments for TERROR OF MG...if you dare), especially after smokeing something illegal.
Infra-Man
Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Andy
This movie is amazing. I remeber the USA network playing this one along with some great Kung Fu and Gamera flicks.

If anyone's looking for a widescreen subtitled copy drop me a line, I can point you in the right direction.
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