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Fiend Without a Face (1958)

Not Rated | | 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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Kynaston Reeves ...
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Stanley Maxted ...
Col. Butler
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Capt. Al Chester (as Terence Kilburn)
James Dyrenforth ...
Mayor
Robert MacKenzie ...
Const. Gibbons
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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>

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Taglines:

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

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

December 1958 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Les monstres invisibles  »

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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

A publicity stunt went somewhat wrong in New York City. The Rialto Theater in Times Square featured a sidewalk promotion for the film--one of the prop "brain creatures" was displayed in a cage on the sidewalk outside the theater, wired for sound and motion. However, the crowd it attracted grew so large that they were snarling pedestrian and vehicle traffic, and the police demanded that it be removed. See more »

Goofs

After Amelia Adams is attacked, her husband, Ben, turns her over so she is lying on her back. When Ben is attacked and falls, Amelia is face down once again. See more »

Quotes

Prof. R. E. Walgate: What have I unleashed?
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Horror with brains!
31 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those scary flicks I saw in the early 70's when I was very young (six years old, probably), and probably it was the scariest thing I saw at that time. Certainly, there was no other film like it. I really wonder what sort of attitude the filmmakers had when this was being made. Were they giggling fiendishly, thinking of all the people they would scare with these images? (Scaring people was obviously their plan.) Did they think the movie they were making was "cool"?

The action-packed climax is pretty much the last fifteen minutes of the film. The brain creatures attack the people in the house, and pretty soon, bullets are flying, axes are being swung, and brains are being sucked. In my mind, this completely, mind-blowingly over-the-top ending scene seemed to go on forever, like a seriously bad nightmare. It was so repellently real. The creatures have no eyes, and they sort of "sense" your presence electrically to zero in on you, before flying up at you and clamping themselves onto the back of your neck. The depiction of this was pretty effective, and it still surprises me how well thought-out the creature imagery was here. Surprisingly realistic.

It still works, quite well! Go see it.


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