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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:
A Classic (of sorts) See more (59 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)
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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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 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:
Continuity: 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?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Monsters from the Id (2009)See more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A Classic (of sorts), 15 July 2001
Author: tash-8 from New York, NY

Okay, so the first hour of this 74-minute non-epic is padded to

the gills with seemingly silly dialogue, off-kilter acting, and

budgetless set design. I would argue that there is more than

meets the eye in the film's script, though, to the degree that it is a

surprisingly intelligent, supernatural take the atomic age. A highly

enjoyable hour which provides more than mere camp appeal. But - wow - that last 15 minutes! You can see everything from

THE TINGLER, to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, to ERASERHEAD,

to EVIL DEAD being born in the film's glorious finale! After being

blown away by the film's (beautifully animated and frankly

disturbing) ending, I watched the film again, and admired how the

the seemingly thin first hour actually builds quite ingeniously to the

climax. I was also impressed with the tasteful application of gore

at the end (which could be generically attributed to the film's British

sensibility), giving it both a shocking and alluring quality. The more I think about this supposed schlocky B-film, the more

I appreciate it. Sometimes mainstream critics such as Mr. Maltin

miss the boat, and this is precisely one of those times.

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