Directed by John Grissmer.
Starring Robert Lansing, Judith Chapman, Arlen Dean Snyder, David Scarroll, and Sandy Martin.
A psychopathic plastic surgeon tries to claim a huge inheritance by transforming the face of an accident victim into that of his missing daughter.
John Grissmer’s debut feature Scalpel is an odd one. Odd because, on the surface, the plot is so ludicrous that you’d expect it would be some sort of grindhouse splatter-fest where mad surgeons are carving victims faces up with maniacal glee and flinging the dead flesh at the camera; after all, back in the mid 1970s (the film was made in 1975 but not released until 1977) the practice of plastic surgery was reserved solely for unfortunate accident victims or the extremely rich and not something mainstream audiences had regular access to so it carried about it a bit of mystery. But dig beneath the surface – or