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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!

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

This 1958 British production was based on "The Thought-Monster" by Amelia Reynolds Long, which was published in the classic American pulp magazine "Weird Tales" in 1930. The story was originally submitted by Forrest J. Ackerman in the late 1950s to American-International Pictures, which turned it down. AIP producer Alex Gordon thought that his brother, New York-based producer Richard Gordon, might be interested in it, so submitted it to him. Richard Gordon liked it, and his company Amalgamated Productions eventually produced it in England. See more »

Goofs

Most of the US Air Force personnel are played by British actors. When the Sergeant reports to Major Jeff Cummings early in the film, he incorrectly gives the Major a "British" salute, with the palm facing outward. Thompson returns the salute correctly, with the palm facing inward. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Brain (2009) See more »

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Can There Ever Be Too Much Brains?
10 November 2004 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

A US military installation has been set up in Canada for some special tests and experiments of an atomic nature. People begin to die from the surrounding countryside by having their brains and spinal chords sucked out by what lead actor Marshall Thompson calls "mental vampires." Thompson, quickly flirting with the sister of one of the dead men, does his usual adequate job playing detective trying to prove that the new base is not responsible for the deaths. It seems that someone or something is siphoning atomic power. Without ruining the who behind the what, Fiend Without a face is a pleasant, interesting excursion into 50's sci-fi. The fiends turn out to be brains that pulse and scrape the ground with long spinal chords attached. This film has a low budget but manages to scare up a few thrills. The acting is mediocre at best. The fiend creation are somewhat novel. Although much of the film is lacking in suspense, the finale is a good payback.


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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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