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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:

Monsters zonder gelaat  »

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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

Capt. Chester offers Maj. Cummings a cigarette, even though the Major already has a lit one in the ashtray. See more »

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Maj. Cummings: It's as if some mental vampire were at work.
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Can There Ever Be Too Much Brains?
10 November 2004 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

A US military installation has been set up in Canada for some special tests and experiments of an atomic nature. People begin to die from the surrounding countryside by having their brains and spinal chords sucked out by what lead actor Marshall Thompson calls "mental vampires." Thompson, quickly flirting with the sister of one of the dead men, does his usual adequate job playing detective trying to prove that the new base is not responsible for the deaths. It seems that someone or something is siphoning atomic power. Without ruining the who behind the what, Fiend Without a face is a pleasant, interesting excursion into 50's sci-fi. The fiends turn out to be brains that pulse and scrape the ground with long spinal chords attached. This film has a low budget but manages to scare up a few thrills. The acting is mediocre at best. The fiend creation are somewhat novel. Although much of the film is lacking in suspense, the finale is a good payback.


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