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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.



(screenplay), (original story "The Thought Monster")

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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:

Les monstres invisibles  »

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£50,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 »


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 »


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Can There Ever Be Too Much Brains?
10 November 2004 | by 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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