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Curse of the Faceless Man (1958)

Unrated | | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi | August 1958 (USA)
A stone-encrusted body is unearthed at Pompeii, and people left alone with it keep dying of crushed skulls...

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In the excavation of Pompeii, a stone-encrusted body is found with a bronze medallion bearing a strange Etruscan inscription. Carlo Fiorillo, Italian archaeologist, speculates the robust body may hold some life; medical researcher Paul Mallon scoffs at the idea. But people left alone with the seemingly petrified "faceless man" keep dying of crushed skulls; and Paul's artist fiancée Tina starts having strange visions... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Entombed for eons - turned to stone - seeking women, women, women!


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Shot in six days. See more »

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The archaeologists are obviously untrained in handling dig sites or artifacts. See more »

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Dr. Carlo Fiorillo: One more of these killings and they will hold me criminally responsible.
Dr. Emanuel: The fools! Here we are so close to solving the mystery of life and death, and they worry about their precious laws.
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Missed opportunity
15 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am predisposed to like 1950s B-movies. And this one had a lot of potential. It was basically the mummy story, set in the shadow of Vesuvius. Standard scientists and pretty girl who screams. There were two major flaws though. One was that the dialogue was full of exposition – "as you know, your specialty is… " And "as you know, you were once engaged to him." This is not only clumsy but easily remedied.

In a strange twist, this movie actually made me scream aloud – but not for the reasons that the filmmakers would have wished. It was the voice-over narration. The film begins with it … All well and good. And then it goes away for 12 or 15 minutes and the next time it came back it surprised me so much I literally screamed. And it was ludicrous: the shot was of the scientist looking concerned for his girlfriend and the narration said something like " he was concerned for his girlfriend." It is as if they didn't trust their own actors, who were actually conveying the emotions quite well.

The ending is very strange too. This could've been a solid seven star film for people like me who like old black-and-white horror and science fiction … But the two flaws were serious.


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