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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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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 ... 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>

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film created a public uproar after its premiere at the Ritz Theater in Leicester Square. The British Board of Film Censors had already demanded a number of cuts before granting it the "X" certificate. 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: It's as if some mental vampire were at work.
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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 »

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Horror with brains!
31 October 2004 | by roddmatsuiSee all my reviews

This is one of those scary flicks I saw in the early 70's when I was very young (six years old, probably), and probably it was the scariest thing I saw at that time. Certainly, there was no other film like it. I really wonder what sort of attitude the filmmakers had when this was being made. Were they giggling fiendishly, thinking of all the people they would scare with these images? (Scaring people was obviously their plan.) Did they think the movie they were making was "cool"?

The action-packed climax is pretty much the last fifteen minutes of the film. The brain creatures attack the people in the house, and pretty soon, bullets are flying, axes are being swung, and brains are being sucked. In my mind, this completely, mind-blowingly over-the-top ending scene seemed to go on forever, like a seriously bad nightmare. It was so repellently real. The creatures have no eyes, and they sort of "sense" your presence electrically to zero in on you, before flying up at you and clamping themselves onto the back of your neck. The depiction of this was pretty effective, and it still surprises me how well thought-out the creature imagery was here. Surprisingly realistic.

It still works, quite well! Go see it.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

GBP50,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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