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Eyes Without a Face (1960)
"Les yeux sans visage" (original title)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  24 October 1962 (USA)
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A brilliant surgeon, Dr. Génessier, helped by his assistant Louise, kidnaps nice young women. He removes their faces and tries to graft them onto the head on his beloved daughter Christiane... See full summary »

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Jacques Vernon
Alexandre Rignault ...
Inspector Parot
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Paulette
Charles Blavette ...
L'homme de la fourrière (as Blavette)
Claude Brasseur ...
Un inspecteur
Michel Etcheverry ...
Le docteur Lherminier - médecin légiste / Forensic surgeon
Yvette Etiévant ...
La mère (as Yvette Etievent)
René Génin ...
Emile Tessot
Lucien Hubert ...
Un homme au cimetière
Marcel Pérès ...
Un homme au cimetière
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A brilliant surgeon, Dr. Génessier, helped by his assistant Louise, kidnaps nice young women. He removes their faces and tries to graft them onto the head on his beloved daughter Christiane, whose face has been entirely spoiled in a car crash. All the experiments fail, and the victims die, but Génessier keeps trying.... Written by Yepok

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Also Known As:

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$19,628 (USA) (31 October 2003)

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$52,709 (USA) (28 November 2003)
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When the film appeared in the Edinburgh Film Festival in 1960 it was reported that seven audience members fainted during the surgery scene. Director Georges Franju responded "Now I know why Scotsmen wear skirts." See more »

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At the beginning of the movie when the body is being dragged to the water when it is first removed from the car the corpse is wearing stockings. When the corpse is dragged closer to the water you can see bare legs. See more »

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Doctor Génessier: The future, Madame, is something we should have started on a long time ago.
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A classic, providing real chills
8 July 2003 | by (Leeds, England) – See all my reviews

An early French chiller that set a benchmark in horror film making, with its unflinching depiction of horrific acts of surgery. The films sole purpose is to shock you in revealing things never before seen in 1959. Unfortunately, we are now in the age of cheap teen horror flicks and action films that feel the need to throw gore in our faces at every possible moment thus diminishing the impact of this film when watching it. Especially now we're in the 21st century, many of the scenes are comparatively tame. This does not mean, however, I disliked the film. Quite the contrary. Eyes Without A Face contains some truly terrifying images that make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. The use of a woman in a white mask (a technique used so well in films such as Halloween and Friday the 13th) provides the films more memorable and spine tingling moments. It's the clever use of shade and light that make this possible as the director and cinematographer provide us with long -lasting images to chill to the bone.

The pace of the film is also worth a mention. Franju (the director) keeps us on the edge of our seat as the rich upper class couple lead young women into their house in order to remove their face! For some the pace could prove rather too slow - as in truth it did for me once or twice. But the payoffs from the slow pace offset any problems posed by it. It actually comes as a relief from the many directors who, in this day, believe that quick cuts and loud noise provide terror. Maybe it's time they delved back into the likes of this film, Halloween and Psycho to provide them with a few inspirations. I can think of only a handful of directors that have provided me with any real fright in the past ten years - M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense and Signs), Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) and Wes Craven (Scream) are some of the few I can mention. Other films like the truly awful Jeepers Creepers and Thirteen Ghosts, which served no real purpose what-so-ever, provided me with quick cuts and loud noises - neither of which particularly endeared me to their cause. Call me an old fuddy duddy, but it's time they made more horrors like they did in the old days - films with real suspense and images which truly frighten; films like this one.

Well, that's my moan over with. I gave this film 8/10, for those that care.


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