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29 April 1974 (Italy) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Klaus Kinski ... Prof. Nijinski
Katia Christine ... Masha / Tanja Nijinski
Marzia Damon ... Katja Olenov
Carmen Silva
Stella Calderoni ... Sonia
Romano De Gironcoli
Alessandro Perrella ... Feodor
Carla Mancini ... (credit only)
Luigi Bevilacqua
Bruno Arié
Osiride Pevarello ... Inn-Keeper (as Osiride Peverello)
Amedeo Timpani
Pasquale Toscano
Ayhan Isik ... Alex
Erol Tas ... Prof. Nijinski's henchman

Directed by
Sergio Garrone 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sergio Garrone 

Produced by
Amedeo Mellone .... producer
Claudio Sinibaldi .... producer
Original Music by
Stefano Liberati 
Elio Maestosi 
Cinematography by
Emore Galeassi 
Film Editing by
Cesare Bianchini 
Production Design by
Amedeo Mellone 
Set Decoration by
Amedeo Mellone 
Costume Design by
Amedeo Mellone 
Makeup Department
Maria Arié .... makeup artist
Ivana Bernardi .... hair stylist
Production Management
Vincenzo Iaccio .... production supervisor
Claudio Sinibaldi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alessandro Praulano .... assistant director
Sound Department
Roberto Arcangeli .... sound effects
Enzo Diliberto .... sound effects (as Enzo Di Liberto)
Amedeo Timpani .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Carlo Rambaldi .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Lino Galeassi .... assistant camera
Gianni Seso .... still photographer
Music Department
Stefano Liberati .... conductor
Other crew
Paola Patuani .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"La mano che nutre la morte" - Italy (original title)
"Evil Face" - USA (DVD title)
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87 min
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Often confused with Lover of the Monster (1974), which was released only a month after this film. Both films are directed by Sergio Garrone and feature the same cast - except Carmen Silva who appears only in this film. The two films also share some of the same footage but they *are* entirely different films with different plots.See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
"The Hand that Feeds Death", 14 June 2010
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This is another collaboration between crazed German actor Klaus Kinski, hack Italian director Sergio Garrone, and beautiful Dutch actress Katia Christine, and it is a marginal improvement over their other collaboration "Amanti di Mostro". The story is superficially similar to the other film. Once again, Kinski is a mad scientist married to Katia Christine, and once again he is carrying on the work of his late father-in-law (named "Ivan Rassimov" in this movie, which is perhaps an inside joke since Ivan Rassimov was a familiar character actor in Italian exploitation films during this era). But instead of Kinski turning himself into Mr. Hyde and attacking all the half-naked,local women, this movie has an "Eyes without a Face"-type plot where Kinski uses his Igor-like assistant to kidnap all the half-naked, local women in order to transplant their flesh onto his disfigured wife.

Sergio Garrone (to borrow a line from "Shock Cinema's" Steve Puchalski) probably couldn't successfully direct his own bowel movement, so it's impressive here that the direction at times approaches borderline competence (or maybe that should be credited to his Turkish co-director?). Kinski generally gave two kinds of performances in movies like this--scenery-gnawing or totally phoned-in. He definitely gnawed some serious scenery in "Amanti di Mostro", but here is performance is pretty much phoned-in (he also may have stormed off the set at some point because they seem to use a double for some of his scenes). If you're a fan of Katia Christine's acting, you'll enjoy this more than "Amanti" because she has much more screen time and essentially plays two different roles, one of which is deliciously evil. If you're more a fan of Katia Christine's body, however, you might prefer the other movie because she generally keeps her Victorian garments on here. There is as much nudity and even more gore than in "Amanti", but it all comes toward the end of the movie, by which time you may have already slipped into a boredom-induced coma.

Although the best thing about this might be the literal translation of the Italian title, "The Hand that Feeds Death", this was recently released on Region 1 DVD under the ho-hum title "Evil Face". I wouldn't really recommend this, but god knows I'VE seen worse movies.

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