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Fiend Without a Face -- A scientist's thoughts materialize as an army of invisible brain-shaped monsters (complete with spinal-cord tails!) who terrorize an American military base in this nightmarish chiller, directed by Arthur Crabtree (Horrors of the Black Museum). This outstanding sci-fi/horror hybrid is a special effects bonanza, and a high-water mark in British genre filmmaking.

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Director:
Writers:
Herbert J. Leder (screenplay)
Amelia Reynolds Long (original story "The Thought Monster")
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Release Date:
December 1958 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
New Horrors! Mad Science Spawns Evil Fiends! ...Taking form before your horrified eyes!
Plot:
Invisible atomic monsters attack a U.S. Armed Forces base and the local residents. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marshall Thompson ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sheldon Allan ... Sentry (uncredited)
Alexander Archdale ... Minister (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Villager (uncredited)
Tom Watson ... Technical Sergeant (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Crabtree 
 
Writing credits
Herbert J. Leder (screenplay)

Amelia Reynolds Long (original story "The Thought Monster")

Produced by
John Croydon .... producer
Richard Gordon .... executive producer (uncredited)
Ronald Kinnoch .... co-producer (uncredited)
Charles F. Vetter .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Buxton Orr 
 
Cinematography by
Lionel Banes (lighting cameraman)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Q. McNaughton  (as R.Q. McNaughton)
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Barnard .... hairdressing
Jim Hydes .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ronald Kinnoch .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Hickox .... assistant director
 
Art Department
John Elphick .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Peter Davies .... sound recordist
Terry Poulton .... dubbing editor
 
Special Effects by
Peter Neilson .... special effects
Flo Nordhoff .... special effects (as Ruppel & Nordhoff)
Karl-Ludwig Ruppel .... special effects (as Ruppel & Nordhoff)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Martin Curtis .... photographer: second unit
Leo Rogers .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Duse .... dress supervisor
 
Music Department
Frederick Lewis .... conductor (as Frederic Lewis)
 
Other crew
Hazel Swift .... continuity
 
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Runtime:
USA:74 min | UK:75 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1958) | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (re-rating) | USA:Approved | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18
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Trivia:
This 1958 British production was based on "The Thought-Monster" by Amelia Reynolds Long, which was published in the classic American pulp magazine "Weird Tales" in 1930.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Most of the US Air Force personnel are played by British actors. When the Sergeant reports to Major Jeff Cummings early in the film, he incorrectly gives the Major a "British" salute, with the palm facing outward. Thompson returns the salute correctly, with the palm facing inward.See more »
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Maj. Cummings:It's as if some mental vampire were at work.See more »
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
brain stem cell research, 8 November 2004
Author: march9hare from sparks nv

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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