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A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.

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Mark Lewis (as Carl Boehm)
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Vivian
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Helen Stephens
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Mrs. Stephens
Brenda Bruce ...
Dora
Miles Malleson ...
Elderly Gentleman Customer
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Arthur Baden
Martin Miller ...
Dr. Rosen
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Don Jarvis
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Chief Insp. Gregg
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Pauline Shields (as Shirley Ann Field)
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Milly
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Small Man (uncredited)
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Det. Baxter (uncredited)
John Chappell ...
Clapper Boy (uncredited)
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Shop Assistant on Film Set (uncredited)
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Young Man in Sports Car (uncredited)
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Det. Sgt. Miller (uncredited)
John Dunbar ...
Police Doctor (uncredited)
Maurice Durant ...
Publicity Chief (uncredited)
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Girl Electrician (uncredited)
Cornelia Frances ...
Girl in Sports Car Leaving Studio (uncredited)
Veronica Hurst ...
Miss Simpson - Jarvis' Secretary (uncredited)
M. Le Compte ...
Lover in Garden (uncredited)
Mme. Le Compte ...
Lover in Garden (uncredited)
Bartlett Mullins ...
Mr. Peters - News Agent Shop Owner (uncredited)
Pete Murray ...
Young Man Embracing Girl (uncredited)
Margaret Neale ...
Mark's Stepmother (uncredited)
Columba Powell ...
Mark as a Child (uncredited)
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Mark's Father - A.N. Lewis (uncredited)
Guy Kingsley Poynter ...
P. Tate - Studio Cameraman (uncredited)
Frankie Reidy ...
Mark's Mother on Deathbed (uncredited)
Alan Rolfe ...
Store Detective (uncredited)
Frank Singuineau ...
Electrician #1 (uncredited)
Peggy Thorpe-Bates ...
Mrs. Partridge (uncredited)
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Lorraine the Model (uncredited)
Brian Wallace ...
Tony - Downstairs Lodger in Lewis' House (uncredited)
Brian Worth ...
Assistant Director (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Powell

Written by (WGA)

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Leo Marks ... (original story)
 
Leo Marks ... (screenplay)

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Albert Fennell ... associate producer (uncredited)
Michael Powell ... producer (uncredited)

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Brian Easdale

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Otto Heller ... (photographed by)

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Noreen Ackland

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Alma Godfrey ... assistant editor (uncredited)
John Rushton ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Arthur Lawson

Makeup Department

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Pearl Orton ... hairdresser
W.T. Partleton ... makeup artist (as W.J. Partleton)

Production Management

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Alfred W. Marcus ... production manager (as Al Marcus)

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Ted Sturgis ... assistant director
Denis Johnson Jr. ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Carl Mannin ... third assistant director (uncredited)

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Ivor Beddoes ... assistant art director
Don Picton ... set dresser
Ronnie Udell ... construction manager (as Ronald Udell)
Maurice Pelling ... draughtsman (uncredited)

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Malcolm Cooke ... sound editor
Gordon K. McCallum ... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
C.C. Stevens ... sound recordist
Simon Kaye ... sound department (uncredited)
Gordon K. McCallum ... sound mixer (uncredited) / sound (uncredited)

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Vic Smith ... chief electrician (as Victor E. Smith)
Gerry Turpin ... camera operator
Jim Body ... focus puller (uncredited)
Derek V. Browne ... focus puller (uncredited)
Norman Gryspeerdt ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Polly Peck ... dresses: Miss Anna Massey
Dickie Richardson ... wardrobe
John Tullis ... dress: Miss Moira Shearer (as John Tullis of Horrockses)

Music Department

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Brian Easdale ... music director
Angela Morley ... composer: percussion numbers (as Wally Stott)
Freddie Phillips ... composer: dance music
Gordon Watson ... musician: solo piano

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Nat Cohen ... presenter
Judith Coxhead ... production assistant
Rita Davison ... continuity
Stuart Levy ... presenter
Bill Paton ... production assistant (as William J. Paton)
Bill Burnside ... publicist (uncredited)
Tommy Linden ... choreographer: Ms. Shearer (uncredited)
George Harrison Marks ... photographic consultant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Mark Lewis, works as a focus puller in a British film studio. On his off hours, he supplies a local porno shop with cheesecake photos and also dabbles in filmmaking. A lonely, unfriendly, sexually repressed fellow, Mark is obsessed with the effects of fear and how they are registered on the face and behavior of the frightened. This obsession dates from the time when, as a child, he served as the subject of some cold-blooded experiments in the psychology of terror conducted by his own scientist father. As a grown man, Mark becomes a compulsive murderer who kills women and records their contorted features and dying gasps on film. His ongoing project is a documentary on fear. With 16mm camera in hand, he accompanies a prostitute to her room and stabs her with a blade concealed in his tripod, all the while photographing her contorted face in the throes of terror and death. Alone in his room, he surrounds himself with the sights and sounds of terror: taped screams, black-and-white "home movies" of convulsed faces. At his house, he meets Helen Stephens, a young woman who lives with her blind mother in a downstairs flat. She visits his flat, where he shows her black-and-white films that were taken of him when he was a child. She is horrified to see that his father used him as a guinea pig in various experiments, taking movies of his reactions of fear. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines Stark Terror Meets Art in a Deadly Game of Cat and Mouse. (DVD) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Face of Fear (United States)
  • Le voyeur (France)
  • El fotógrafo del pánico (Spain)
  • Kadin katili (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Fotomodeller jages (Denmark)
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  • 101 min
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Budget GBP135,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The scandal, which the movie aroused, destroyed the career of director Michael Powell. See more »
Goofs Mark has a strong German accent, despite it being shown that he has lived in England all his life and had English parents. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A Pretty British Affair (1981). See more »
Quotes Mark Lewis: Do you know what the most frightening thing in the world is? It's fear.
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