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Fiend Without a Face (1958)

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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 ...
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

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


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Release Date:

December 1958 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ungeheuer ohne Gesicht  »

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Budget:

£50,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The Criterion Collection DVD has a hidden gag on it added by the authors. If you check the disc name/ID on a PC through various means, the ID reads AFIENDINNEEDISAFIENDINDEED, i.e. "A fiend in need is a fiend, indeed". 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: We want you to give us everything you've got!
Peterson: But, Jeff, we've already exceeded the design limits. Every time you take a test, you ask for more power. If I take anymore of those rods out, the reactor's liable to get out of control.
Maj. Cummings: Well, take some more out. We'll have to risk it. We've got to have more power!
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8 November 2004 | by (sparks nv) – See all my reviews

A fringe scientist involved with mind over matter experiments unwittingly unleashes a horde of horrible, invisible, brain-sucking

whatchamacallits in this 1958 thriller that isn't nearly as bad as it sounds. Although Canadian sci-fi films are usually an oxymoron, this one is at least entertaining, even though it makes use of the standard fifties cause celebre: atomic radiation. As a payoff for the audience, we finally get to see the "fiends" when the power from the conveniently nearby nuclear reactor is cranked up to reveal them as. . .brains. With brain stems. And antennae. And some surprisingly good stop-motion animation. Marshall Thompson, that staple of fifties B movies, does yeoman duty in this film by not only starring in it, but actually taking over the reins of director when the "real" director Arthur Crabtree showed up on Day 1 and refused to direct! It seems that Crabtree angrily told the producers "I don't do monster movies" and walked off the set, whereupon Thompson, to his credit, stepped up to the plate. Crabtree came back, a few days later, and the rest, as they say, is history.

All in all, "Fiend without a Face" may not be in the same league as, say, "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms", but it's not really all that bad, either. Make a big bowl of popcorn, or get some decent pizza, and enjoy.


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