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When model Barbara Hallen disappears in France, her father's private detective traces her steps to a private plastic surgery clinic run by Dr.Flamand.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Hallen
Morgan (as Chris Mitchum)
Mme Sherman (as Stephane Audran)
Christiane Jean ...
Docteur Moser
Mme François
Howard Vernon ...
Florence Guérin ...
Florence Guerin
Gérard Zalcberg ...
Gordon (as Gerard Zalcberg)
Henri Poirier ...
Commissaire Legris
Laure Sabardin ...
La receptionniste
Amelie Chevalier ...


A model named Barbara Hallen has disappeared and her father gets private detective Sam Morgan to go to Paris to find his daughter. Barbara's trail leads Morgan to a plastic surgery clinic owned by Dr. Flamand. Morgan's investigation reveals the horrifying secret behind the Doctor's miracle cures which is blood and organs taken from kidnapped young women. As Morgan's investigation closes witnesses are eliminated one by one, each in a more horrible way. Written by Chris Mayo <cmayo@thezone.net>

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22 June 1988 (France)  »

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Faceless  »

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Following the filming of the rape scene, Gérard Zalcberg was so disgusted by what his character was scripted to act out that he started weeping and apologizing terribly to Caroline Munro. Munro comforted him, telling him she understood fully and reminding him that it was truly only acting, not real. The scene originally called for Munro to be partially nude, but she refused, claiming that was unnecessary and insisting that just showing some scenes which hinted at what was happening would get the basic idea across. See more »


Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »


Written by Romano Musumarra and C. Welsman
Performed by Vincente Thoma
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Blimey! A decent Jess Franco film!
9 July 2006 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

I never thought I would see the day when I would award a high rating to a Jess Franco movie, but Faceless proved to be far better than any of the director's other output that it has been my misfortune to see.

Helmut Berger plays Dr. Frank Flamand, a renowned plastic surgeon desperately searching for a way to restore his sister's beauty after she is terribly scarred in an acid attack. Since this is a Franco flick, this means removing the faces of unwilling donors, who have been abducted by Frank's sexy assistant Nathalie, and transplanting them onto his disfigured sister.

When top model Barbara Hallen (Caroline Munro) is selected by the nutty physician as a possible donor, and snatched mid-assignment, her father (Telly Savalas) hires a tough private eye to find her.

Franco delivers a quality piece of sleaze, laden with nudity, lesbianism, rape, torture, gratuitous gore and bizarre characters (which include an extremely camp photographer, the doctor's hulking sidekick and a Nazi surgeon). Working with a higher budget than usual and a quality cast, the director avoids his usual pitfalls—dull, meandering story lines with dreadful editing and camera-work—and gives the audience a gleefully OTT gore-fest with some occasional unintentionally-hilarious moments for good measure (the 'private eye versus muscle-man' fight scene, for example).

The effects are particularly gruesome and pretty realistic and include such delights as a syringe in the eye (in glorious close-up), a botched face transplant, a drill in the head, and a nice scissors-through-the-throat scene.

Franco also proves once again that he has an eye for beautiful women; loads of great looking ladies populate the movie, and although they don't get completely naked, they do wear some rather fetching skimpy underwear.

I'm still finding it hard to believe, but I have no hesitation in recommending this movie to all fans of horror and sleaze.

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