Two burgling brothers try to rob an old lady and the less stupid but more ruthless one ends up killing her by accident after she bites him. Soon, the infected bite wound starts to turn into a face.



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The Old Woman
Gregory Grove ...
Gary Roberts ...


TWo brothers decide to rob an old lady who is rumored to be hiding a lot of money in her house. So they break in and wake her up and demand the money but she won't tell them anything. One of the brothers gets too rough with her and she dies but not before biting him on the hand. They had no idea that she was also a witch! A few days later the brother's hand is killing him so he takes off the bandage and sees the old lady's face on his hand and it even speaks to him and tells him he can never get rid of her. He tells his brother who does not believe him and things get worse. Written by Curtis Massey

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1 October 1989 (USA)  »

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The ultimate facepalm moment
30 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE FACE is a pretty arresting episode of the MONSTERS TV show and a very strong opener for season 2. The narrative involves a couple of robbers who target a rich old lady, but when they get rough with her she dies, but not before biting one of the men on the hand. Pretty soon he's horrified to discover a human face appear on his palm...

This is a nicely nasty episode of the show that does well with the body horror aspect, despite only having a family friendly rating. Evil hands were all the rage in the late '80s with the likes of EVIL DEAD 2 and various B-movies involving hand-centred mayhem, and I was also reminded of some of the terrifying horror stories by author Henry S. Whitehead.

The special effects in THE FACE are very well done with a pleasing reliance on animatronics, a definite cut above the rest of the effects in these shows. Everything else is average, but it's that creepy real-life facepalm that'll stay with you on this one...

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