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Fiend Without a Face
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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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User Reviews:
Horror with brains! See more (62 total) »

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:
The film created a public uproar after its premiere at the Ritz Theater in Leicester Square. The British Board of Film Censors has already demanded a number of cuts before granting it the "X" certificate.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the scientist's library, a book on cybernetics has a misspelled title "Sibornetics."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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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Horror with brains!, 31 October 2004
Author: roddmatsui

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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