What was he trying to do? I assume it wasn't create invisible brain vampires.No, the problem here is Professor Walgate, gentleman larcenist of atomic radiation. Charming though he may be, Walgate has apparently began hijacking the U.S. military's nuclear energy in order to fuel his experiments.
No, he had a theory that -- with enough energy -- humans could essentially move things and perform labor with the power of their minds. When he had some minor success on the front, he sought to let his thoughts "go free" to handle things without him having to focus on it. That's where we went all Lovecraftian.What was he trying to do? I assume it wasn't create invisible brain vampires.
I agree. One of the things that I liked about Fiend Without a Face was that, given the sci-fi nature of the thing, the narrative made a decent amount of sense. I understood what the Air Force was doing and why. The professor's motivations were at the very least understandable. Even the mental vampires, as alien as they were, made sense*.Cool. That's a good match of intended and disastrous results.
Could it be "cybernetics"? Was that a thing yet?As far as I can tell "Sibonetics" is made up for the movie.
Not from context, it seems to be something to do with energy and the mind.Could it be "cybernetics"? Was that a thing yet?
Did they ever specify the alien' s power source was atomic in Forbidden Planet? I don't recall that, but I could see it happening.I just noticed that there's a parallel to Forbidden Planet here: both Walgate in FWAF and Morbius in FP are making mental monsters through the use of atomic power! In Morbius' case to keep his secrets to himself (with maybe some Freudian shenanigans concerning his daughter); in Walgate's case the monsters just express his desire to suck the knowledge out of other people's brains, maybe?