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1 November 1961 (USA) See more »
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A young archaeologist believes he is cursed by a mask that causes him to have weird nightmares and possibly to murder... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Paul Stevens ... Doctor Allan Barnes

Claudette Nevins ... Pam Albright
Bill Walker ... Lieutenant Martin
Anne Collings ... Miss Goodrich
Martin Lavut ... Michael Radin
Leo Leyden ... Doctor Soames
Norman Ettlinger ... Professor Quincey
Bill Brydon ... Anderson (as Bill Bryden)
Jim Moran ... Jim Moran
Eleanor Beecroft ... Mrs. Kelly
Ray Lawlor ... Lab technician
Rudi Linschoten ... Mime in nightmare
Steven Appleby ... Museum guide
Alfie Scopp
Paul Elsom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Blackstone ... Himself (in introduction added to video version) (uncredited)
Nancy Island ... Girl Who Is Killed (uncredited)
Paul Nevens ... Demon of the Mask (uncredited)

Directed by
Julian Roffman 
Writing credits
Frank Taubes (script by) &
Sandy Haver (script by) &
Franklin Delessert (script by)

Slavko Vorkapich (dream sequences)

Produced by
Sandy Haver .... associate producer
Julian Roffman .... producer
Frank Taubes .... associate producer
Nat Taylor .... producer
Yvonne Taylor .... associate producer
Original Music by
Louis Applebaum 
Cinematography by
Herbert S. Alpert 
Film Editing by
Stephen Timar 
Art Direction by
David R. Ballou 
Production Management
William S. Owens .... production manager
Art Department
Hugo Wuethrich .... associate art director
Sound Department
Willard W. Goodman .... sound
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recordist
Visual Effects by
James B. Gordon .... special photographic effects
Music Department
Myron Schaeffer .... composer: electronic music
Louis Applebaum .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Don Gillies .... choreographer
Jan Henry .... dialogue director
Jean S. Lenauer .... production consultant
Charles W. Smith .... stereoscopic control
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Eyes of Hell" - , Ireland (English title) (imdb display title)
"Face of Fire" - USA (reissue title)
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83 min
Black and White | Color (3-D sequences)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:(Banned) (1962) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #20034) | USA:Unrated (video release)
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The first Canadian film to be widely distributed in the United States, and the only Canadian 3-D feature.See more »
Doctor Allan Barnes:I must. I must experience the greatest act of a human mind: to take another life.See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful film, 26 May 2005
Author: tristanb-1 from kansas City

Wonderful movie. First I have seen from this time period (aside from "The Incredible Shrinking Man") that actually scared me.

A psychiatrist gets addicted to an alternate reality that can be entered by putting on an ancient mask. Trouble is it slowly renders the wearer insane.

I wholeheartedly disagree with the majority of viewers here who say the non-3-d sequences are dull. I found them entertaining and well acted. The whole thing can certainly be read as a metaphor for drug use.

The actual 3-D isn't that great (it isn't like things are thrust out at the viewer). It looks more vaguely 3-D. But the sequences themselves are fascinating and weird and demand repeated viewings.

I think the really striking aspect of this film is the sound design. It truly was ahead of its time. I can't think of another film that makes such mesmerizing, hypnotic use of sound design. I'd be curious to know how they did it.

Sounds are slowed down to a throbbing groan, echoes reverberate in and out and a sonic thumping pounds every time someone gets ready to put on the mask. Just listen to the voice-over when the suicide note is read (doctor's patient).

I love it. Watch it. I watched scenes again and again after my first viewing.

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