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Face of Terror (1962)
"La cara del terror" (original title)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  1964 (USA)
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A scientist develops a serum that can eradicate scar tissue. He tries it on a girl with a horribly disfigured face. It succeeds, but then he discovers the girl is an escaped mental patient from a local asylum.


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Cast overview:
Lisa Gaye ...
Virgilio Teixeira ...
Playboy (as Virgilio Texera)
Dr. Charles Taylor
Concha Cuetos ...
Alma (as Conchita Cuetos)
Gérard Tichy ...
Sanitarium Head (as Gerard Tichy)
Carlos Casaravilla
Pedro Hurtado
Emilio Rodríguez ...
(as Emilio Rodriguez)
Eduardo Sancho ...
(as Eduaedo Sancho)
Pepe Martín ...
(as Jose Martin)
Jacinto San Emeterio ...
(as Jacinto Sanemererio)
Ana María Custodio ...
(as Ana Maria Custodio)


A kindly wheelchair-bound physician, Doctor Charles Taylor (Fernando Rey) is developing a serum able to repair scar tissue, but he has not been able to conduct a real test. He comes across a young girl with a horribly disfigured face. The effects of the serum are better than the scientist expected, and the girl is transformed to a thing of beauty again - Norma (Lisa Gaye). He presents her to some friends, exhibiting his success, and she befriends a handsome Playboy (Virgilio Teixeira). Unfortunately for Lisa, her restored beauty is not permanent. Unfortunately to Dr. Taylor, Norma happens to be an escaped mental patient from a local asylum, and she can't cope when the serum effects wears off, and her face returns to its hideous condition. Enraged at this setback, Norma goes to the laboratory armed with the shard of a broken bottle, screaming at the doctor, "I'll kill you!" The man can do little to defend himself but to drive the wheelchair back from her, and interposing some objects ... Written by Artemis-9

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The horror of facial repair, Mexican style
24 June 2004 | by (Minneapolis MN USA) – See all my reviews

I thought this would be another "Facial Transplant" horror film, but not really. Our mad scientist (Aldo Rey), uses a new serum he's developed, to repair an escaped mental patient's face, (but he does not try removing others faces for the process.) Atmospheric, and often effective, the film is weakened by the director's insistence on filming it in English, despite much of the cast not actually being conversant in the language. Some performances are rather stilted by this convention, but it works, on the whole. Rey is near perfect as the lead, alternately masterful, then helpless, as the situation spirals out of his control. I believe this was removed from the usual PD sources, by the NAFTA/GATT stuff, but you know it's still lurking about. Rey was only a few years away from more "respectable", mainstream fare like "The French Connection". Well worth the effort for fans of gory 60's horror, and it's grisly highlights are often quite memorable.


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