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Mario Caiano (story) &
Fabio De Agostini (story)
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Release Date:
5 July 1966 (USA) See more »
A mad, sadistic scientist on the loose! See more »
A woman and her lover are tortured and killed by her sadistic husband. The pair return from the grave to seek vengeance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Steele ... Muriel Arrowsmith / Jenny Arrowsmith
Paul Muller ... Dr. Stephen Arrowsmith (as Paul Miller)
Helga Liné ... Solange (as Helga Line)
Marino Masé ... Dr. Dereck Joyce (as Lawrence Clift)
Rik Battaglia ... David
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Jonathan (as John McDouglas)

Directed by
Mario Caiano  (also as Allan Grunewald) (as Allen Grünewald)
Writing credits
Mario Caiano (story, screenplay and dialogue) &
Fabio De Agostini (story, screenplay and dialogue)

Produced by
Carlo Caiano .... producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Enzo Barboni (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Renato Cinquini 
Production Design by
Massimo Tavazzi 
Set Decoration by
Massimo Tavazzi 
Costume Design by
Mario Giorsi 
Makeup Department
Duilio Giustini .... makeup artist
Production Management
Carlo Caiano .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Angelo Sangermano .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bernardino Fronzetti .... sound engineer (as Dino Fronzetti)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mario Mancini .... camera operator
Ermanno Serto .... still photographer
Other crew
Priscilla Contardi .... continuity
Pietro Nofri .... production assistant (as Pietro Onofri)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Amanti d'oltretomba" - Italy (original title)
"The Faceless Monster" - , Ireland (English title) (imdb display title)
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UK:105 min | USA:90 min | Italy:104 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-18 (2002) (self applied) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2005) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1998-2005) | USA:Unrated

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Director Mario Caiano initially wanted to highlight the gory scenes with red color. The idea was dropped due to budget limitations.See more »
Muriel Arrowsmith:You had your revenge. Why don't you kill me? Kill both of us.
Dr. Stephen Arrowsmith:You, I will kill you, you tart, you. You and your filthy friend. But death, my dear, must come to you only after I've torn from your bodies all the suffering and pain a human being can stand, and you don't know yet how long it takes to die of pain.
Muriel Arrowsmith:You're a monster.
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Badly written, beautifully executed, 25 March 1999

Laughable dialogue doesn't detract too much from this moody, sometimes disturbing Italian Gothic. The story seems to be loosely adapted from an M.R. James ghost story called "Lost Hearts". Although the torture scenes in the uncut version are remarkably strong for their time, there are other things that are more disquieting. Most hideous of all is the character of Solange, the maid, whose youth has been restored by a dead woman's blood. When she speaks of how the blood grows cold and heavy in her veins, it's a very unsettling moment. The black-and-white photography is beautifully atmospheric. Ennio Morricone's music is more conventional than usual -- especially the mazurka that represents Muriel, which is too simple and sentimental for a Barbara Steele character... but the tremendous Fugue for organ which dominates the soundtrack deserves special mention. In spite of its lapses, and with apologies to Mario Bava, this is still my favorite Italian Gothic horror film!

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