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Fiend Without a Face (1958)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 29 May 1958 (USA)
Invisible atomic monsters attack a U.S. Armed Forces base and the local residents.

Director:

Arthur Crabtree

Writers:

Herbert J. Leder (screenplay), Amelia Reynolds Long (original story "The Thought Monster")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marshall Thompson ... Maj. Cummings
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Prof. R.E. Walgate
Kim Parker ... Barbara Griselle
Stanley Maxted Stanley Maxted ... Col. Butler
Terry Kilburn ... Capt. Al Chester (as Terence Kilburn)
James Dyrenforth James Dyrenforth ... Mayor
Robert MacKenzie Robert MacKenzie ... Const. Gibbons
Peter Madden ... Dr. Bradley
Gil Winfield Gil Winfield ... Dr. Warren
Michael Balfour ... Sgt. Kasper
Launce Maraschal Launce Maraschal ... Melville
Meadows White Meadows White ... Ben Adams (as R. Meadows White)
E. Kerrigan Prescott ... Atomic Engineer (as Kerrigan Prescott)
Lala Lloyd Lala Lloyd ... Amelia Adams
Shane Cordell Shane Cordell ... Nurse
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Storyline

A Scientist, experimenting with telekinetic powers enhanced by a nearby nuclear power plant succeeds in creating a new form of life. This new creature grows in intelligence until it finally escapes his laboratory. Once outside the lab, and closer to its nuclear power source it multiplies. The creature is also invisible, so no one knows what it looks like... Written by <harold.lind@airtouch.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

New Horrors! Mad Science Spawns Evil Fiends! ...Taking form before your horrified eyes!

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fiend Without a Face See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP50,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview, star Marshall Thompson recalled that director Arthur Crabtree didn't really want to direct the film--he thought sci-fi was "beneath" him--and often didn't show up for work. Eventually, according to Thompson, Crabtree walked off the picture, and Thompson himself finished directing it. See more »

Goofs

Anyone who has been in the military for any army knows that while on guard duty, you can never leave your post for any reason until properly relieved. No military guard would leave their post to look in the woods for a disturbance. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Cummings: We want you to give us everything you've got!
Peterson: But, Jeff, we've already exceeded the design limits. Every time you take a test, you ask for more power. If I take anymore of those rods out, the reactor's liable to get out of control.
Maj. Cummings: Well, take some more out. We'll have to risk it. We've got to have more power!
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Alternate Versions

Original UK cinema prints were cut by the BBFC to heavily reduce sounds and shots of gore from the climactic destruction of the creatures. The version shown by BBC as part of the Moviedrome season was the same cut cinema print, and this was later issued on UK DVD in 2003 on the 2 Entertain label. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Brain Damage (1988) See more »

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Fiendish Fun
12 March 2001 | by willstapeSee all my reviews

I just picked up the Criterion Collection of this film - and as usual CC does a wonderful job.

This film - when taken in context and time period - is pretty groundbreaking. Sure, the acting is stilted at times and the dialogue is a bit laughable - and the FX are dated. But the claymation/stop motion technique championed by Willis O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen is used to great effect and the film works remarkably well. The monster sounds are utilized well and reinforces an overall sense of creepiness - especially in the twilight forest scene. And the violent finale cannot be overlooked as an inspiration for "Night Of The Living Dead"


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