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Fiend Without a Face (1958)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | December 1958 (UK)
Invisible atomic monsters attack a U.S. Armed Forces base and the local residents.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Maj. Cummings
Kynaston Reeves ...
Prof. R.E. Walgate
Kim Parker ...
Barbara Griselle
Stanley Maxted ...
Col. Butler
Terry Kilburn ...
Capt. Al Chester (as Terence Kilburn)
James Dyrenforth ...
Mayor
Robert MacKenzie ...
Const. Gibbons
Peter Madden ...
Dr. Bradley
Gil Winfield ...
Dr. Warren
Michael Balfour ...
Sgt. Kasper
Launce Maraschal ...
Melville
Meadows White ...
Ben Adams (as R. Meadows White)
E. Kerrigan Prescott ...
Atomic Engineer (as Kerrigan Prescott)
Lala Lloyd ...
Amelia Adams
Shane Cordell ...
Nurse
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Storyline

A Scientist, experimenting with telekinetic powers enhanced by a nearby nuclear power plant succeeds in creating a new form of life. This new creature grows in intelligence until it finally escapes his laboratory. Once outside the lab, and closer to its nuclear power source it multiplies. The creature is also invisible, so no one knows what it looks like... Written by <harold.lind@airtouch.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

New Horrors! Mad Science Spawns Evil Fiends! ...Taking form before your horrified eyes!

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Release Date:

December 1958 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Monsters zonder gelaat  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£50,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film created a public uproar after its premiere at the Ritz Theater in Leicester Square. The British Board of Film Censors has already demanded a number of cuts before granting it the "X" certificate. See more »

Goofs

Major Cummings' first visit with Professor Walgate and the search through the woods by the townsmen are presented as being simultaneous, but the visiting shots are presented in daylight while the search shots are presented as nighttime. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Cummings: It's as if some mental vampire were at work.
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Fiendish Fun
12 March 2001 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I just picked up the Criterion Collection of this film - and as usual CC does a wonderful job.

This film - when taken in context and time period - is pretty groundbreaking. Sure, the acting is stilted at times and the dialogue is a bit laughable - and the FX are dated. But the claymation/stop motion technique championed by Willis O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen is used to great effect and the film works remarkably well. The monster sounds are utilized well and reinforces an overall sense of creepiness - especially in the twilight forest scene. And the violent finale cannot be overlooked as an inspiration for "Night Of The Living Dead"


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