Project X (1968)

Nomination Year: 1996
SYNOPSIS:  In the typical 60's Bad-Movie version of the far future -- complete with analog counters on their warehouse-sized computers -- one of America's top secret agents returns with his memory wiped. He was on a mission of critical importance, spying on the "Sinoese." So they put him in cryogenic suspension until they figure out how to restore his deleted memories. And how do they propose to do this? Why, of course! They must immerse him in a perfect recreation of the distant past (the latter half of the 20th century, what else?). No, I don't get it, either.

Most Ludicrous Premise

Well, They Wanted To Dig Up His Past
They intend to restore the agent's memory by putting him into a simulation of the past. Huh?

Smithee Award Winner! Worst Science

The Cold, Hard Facts about Cryogenics
Here's the science of cryogenics, told to us by Henry Jones. They keep memories on tape and "spare parts" in a big room filled with little drawers. It's one of those scenes that starts bad and just piles it on deeper and thicker as it goes along.

Smithee Award Winner! Inane Dialogue

These Are the Experts in Brain Science?
The government committee has come to the (bizarre) conclusion that the only way to restore the agent's memories is to allow his brain to rest by fooling him into thinking he's in the past. They are looking at a screen that shows an "ancient" farmhouse.
Henry Jones: "Colonel, could you duplicate that farmstead down to the smallest detail?"
Colonel: "If I have to, yes."
Jones: "You have to."
Colonel: "Well, then...yes."

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Christopher George Vanna White's uncle 
Greta Baldwin  
Henry Jones His dignified drawl, his large nose, his moustache, his rather dumpy shortness: you'd know him if you saw him 
Patrick Wright  
Ed Prentiss  
Director Claim to Fame
William Castle The veritable King of B-Movies in his day, specializing in cheap, fast, monster flicks 

Bryan Cassidy

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