5.4/10
408
8 user 20 critic

Project X (1968)

Unrated | | Mystery, Sci-Fi | May 1968 (USA)
A spy is brought back from cryogenic suspension after being almost killed in a plane crash returning from a mission to learn about a deadly new weapon being developed in the East. But the ... See full summary »

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Leslie P. Davies (novels), Edmund Morris
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher George ... Hagan Arnold
Greta Baldwin ... Karen Summers
Henry Jones ... Dr. Crowther
Monte Markham ... Gregory Gallea
Harold Gould ... Col. Holt
Phillip Pine ... Dr. Lee Craig (as Phillip E. Pine)
Lee Delano ... Dr. Tony Verity
Ivan Bonar ... Col. Cowen
Robert Cleaves Robert Cleaves ... Dr. George Tarvin
Charles Irving Charles Irving ... Maj. Tolley
Sheila Bartold Sheila Bartold ... Sybil Dennis
Patrick Wright ... Stover
Maryesther Denver Maryesther Denver ... Overseer
Keye Luke ... Sen Chiu (as Key Luke)
Ed Prentiss ... Hicks
Learn more

More Like This 

Shanks (1974)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A mute puppeteer uses a deceased scientist's invention to control dead bodies like puppets.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Marcel Marceau, Tsilla Chelton, Philippe Clay
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In 1648, during the English Civil War, Captain Sylvester switches sides between the Parliamentary and Royalist camps as his interests dictate, while King Charles I is on the run from Oliver Cromwell's troops.

Director: John Gilling
Stars: Lionel Jeffries, Oliver Reed, Jack Hedley
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A couple and their teenage son rent a haunted New England seaside house, and their summer vacation turns into a ghost-hunt.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Sid Caesar, Vera Miles, Barry Gordon
The Tingler (1959)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman
Berserk (1967)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A scheming circus owner finds her authority challenged when the show is targeted by a vicious killer.

Director: Jim O'Connolly
Stars: Joan Crawford, Ty Hardin, Diana Dors
Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The British army fights off rampaging locals in 1850s India.

Director: John Gilling
Stars: Ronald Lewis, Oliver Reed, Duncan Lamont
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A spoof 1950s science fiction movie, interspersed with various comedy sketches concerning late night television.

Directors: Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Michelle Pfeiffer, Arsenio Hall
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In a seaside village, a group of local young men mingle among the seasonal tourists in search of sexual conquests. Near the end of one summer, the leader of the group, Tinker, a strolling ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Oliver Reed, Jane Merrow, Barbara Ferris
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A 12-year-old orphan who has just inherited a fortune is trapped on an island with his uncle, a former British intelligence commander who intends to kill him. A young girl is the boy's only... See full summary »

Director: William Castle
Stars: Nigel Green, Mary Badham, Pat Cardi
Adventure | Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

While attending a school for diplomats' daughters, the teen-aged daughter of the American ambassador uses her access to various embassies to engage in espionage.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Murray Hamilton, Joyce Taylor, Hugh Marlowe
Pursuit (TV Movie 1972)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A political extremist plans to spread stolen nerve gas in a city where a political convention is being held. Government agents are sent to catch him.

Director: Michael Crichton
Stars: Ben Gazzara, E.G. Marshall, William Windom
The Busy Body (1967)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Sid Caesar stars as the bumbling right hand man of mob boss Robert Ryan who is sent to find a corpse buried in a suit lined with stolen mob money.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Sid Caesar, Robert Ryan, Anne Baxter
Edit

Storyline

A spy is brought back from cryogenic suspension after being almost killed in a plane crash returning from a mission to learn about a deadly new weapon being developed in the East. But the vital memories are being suppressed, so the authorities use ultra-advanced technologies to try to uncover the secret. Written by Niz

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It Happened In This Universe A Long Time Ahead, The Year 2118...

Genres:

Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Two years earlier, producer Castle did a highly dramatic reading of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" for the record label of Hanna-Barbera, who did the special animated sequences for this film. See more »

Quotes

Hagan Arnold: The West will be destroyed in 14 days. Repeat, 14 days.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007) See more »

User Reviews

 
PROJECT X, the granddaddy of the cyperpunk genre?
14 May 2003 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

I finally saw William Castle's PROJECT X the other night and I was surprised by the story-line. It reminded me a lot of JOHNNY MNEMONIC or THE MATRIX and the whole cyberpunk genre of films or books. PROJECT X is seriously outdated because of the FX and the boring and cheap production values, which makes this movie look like a standard 1960s TV movie. But the story itself screams William Gibson: it's about retrieving some memory from a spy (played by Christopher George) who's suffering from amnesia and who might have the information about Asia's attempt to destroy the West. The amnesia was artificially induced in the spy by someone in order to prevent the information from reaching the authorities in the West. When the film starts, the spy is incased in some coffin-like chamber and he's in suspended animation. Scientists revive the spy and try to get that memory from his amnesiac mind with a holographic device that can see inside the man's mind when he's sleeping. The scientists also recreate a 'virtual reality" setting that looks like something from the 1960s where the scientists hope the spy will be duped and eventually hand them the missing memory (the spy knows a lot about history, which is the explanation for the elaborate set-up. It's also cheaper this way. No expensive futuristic sets. LOL!). Of course, someone tries to botch the scientists attempt to save the world. The story is filled with details like biowarfare, overpopulation, infertility, etc. The identity of the spy is repeatedly changed by the scientists, who keep referring to these new virtual personalities of his as a MATRIX!

JOHNNY MNEMONIC is basically an unofficial remake of PROJECT X. In JOHNNY MNEMONIC, the whole world is suffering from some sort of condition called Nerve Attenuation Syndrome. Keanu Reeves has information implanted in his brain (which has a chip) that could cure NAS. Keanu got this implanted info in Beijing and he only has 24 hours to bring the vital info to the scientists in the US. William Gibson basically reworked the ideas found in PROJECT X and updated them for JOHNNY MNEMONIC. For instance, In JOHNNY MNEMONIC, the world is already suffering from something and the cure is from Asia. In PROJECT X, the threat is from Asia and it's some sort of virus/biochemical/nerve weapon. And the action in both stories are governed by some sort of limited timeline.

While watching the film, I had a vivid sense of deja vu. The whole idea of advanced technology capable of controlling memories, and the "reality vs virtual reality" aspect seen in PROJECT X are the basic ingredients of the whole cyberpunk genre. PROJECT X was very familiar and yet, thanks to the look of the movie, very outdated too. As a movie, PROJECT X is not that good but it's interesting to see where the whole idea of memory manipulation started from.


22 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Project X See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed