2 user 1 critic

Killer Without a Face (1968)

Assassino senza volto (original title)


(as Ray Morrison)




1 photo »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Respectable lawyer Peter picks up Anna, an Italian woman of dubious virtue, from the club and takes her back to his Uncle's place. They soon discover they are not alone. A gunman Quill (Julian Mateos), is waiting for them.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Giovanna Ralli, Frank Wolff, Fernando Rey
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An ambassador's wife discovers that one of the men in her life - either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover - may be a vicious serial killer.

Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Conchita Airoldi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When a narcotics detective finds out that his beautiful wife--who is an ex-criminal--is cheating on him, he hires a professional hitman to bump her off. However, things don't go quite according to plan.

Director: Massimo Dallamano
Stars: John Mills, Luciana Paluzzi, Robert Hoffmann
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A young man, who unintentionally killed a little girl as a child, returns to the house where he was born, the place where the accident happened.

Director: Beppe Cino
Stars: Stefano Gabrini, Amanda Sandrelli, Fiammetta Carena
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Mino Guerrini
Stars: George Ardisson, Halina Zalewska, Günther Stoll
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Cesare Canevari
Stars: Marc Porel, Sonia Otero, Fulvio Ricciardi


Cast overview:
Mara Berni
Gianni Medici
Giuliano Raffaelli
(as Lawrence Thierney)
Luigi Batzella
Anita Todesco
Genevieve Soné
Gabriella Mantovani
Rita Klein


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

castle | giallo | See All (2) »


Horror | Mystery





Release Date:

20 July 1968 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Killer Without a Face  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An early giallo "hybrid"
9 September 2015 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

Before Dario Argento's BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE changed the face of gialli in 1970, most from the late '60s (especially those of Umberto Lenzi & Carroll Baker) were psychological, "bloodless" erotic thrillers that relied on murder, sex, and DIABOLIQUE-like plot twists but 1968's KILLER WITHOUT A FACE was an exception in that it blended mid-60s "Barbara Steele/haunted castle" horror with the kind of proto-giallo crime thrillers ex-pat actor John Drew Barrymore used to make in the early '60s.

After her beloved cousin falls (?) from the tower of "Nottingham Castle" one stormy night in the pre-credit opening, Barbara, the mentally unstable mistress of the manor, hires a handsome architect to re-do the castle top-to-bottom but her husband warns him that she has psychotic fits every now and then as various castle inhabitants (a barrister, a Mrs. Danvers-like housekeeper, maids, and other sundry folk) start getting picked off one by one with a gun that has an extraordinarily long silencer. As if that wasn't bad enough, there's a curse on the castle ever since an ancestor was burned at the stake centuries before. Is Barbara responsible -or is something more insidious -maybe even supernatural- going on?

Filmed in atmospheric black & white with a jazzy score, the film can also boast Jess Franco favorite Janine Reynaud as a slinky femme fatale and Lawrence Tierney as a mute Igor-type servant. I love Larry in American Film Noir but, reely, what's he doing in this -wasn't he supposedly reduced to driving a hansom cab around Manhattan at the time?

The Italian giallo's usual xenophobia's on display here as well- the depraved goings-on occur outside Italy (England this time) and the heroine actually recuperates from a breakdown in sunny Italy to restore her health. When she goes back to England, supposedly recovered, depravity sets in again and the murders resume.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Killer Without a Face (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page