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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 ... 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although this was a British production, the production hired German Karl-Ludwig Ruppel and Austrian Flo Nordhoff, to create the graphic special effects. See more »

Goofs

Major Cummings' first visit with Professor Walgate and the search through the woods by the townsmen are presented as being simultaneous, but the visiting shots are presented in daylight while the search shots are presented as nighttime. 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

Featured in It Came from Hollywood (1982) See more »

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A Classic (of sorts)
15 July 2001 | by tash-8See all my reviews

Okay, so the first hour of this 74-minute non-epic is padded to

the gills with seemingly silly dialogue, off-kilter acting, and

budgetless set design. I would argue that there is more than

meets the eye in the film's script, though, to the degree that it is a

surprisingly intelligent, supernatural take the atomic age. A highly

enjoyable hour which provides more than mere camp appeal. But - wow - that last 15 minutes! You can see everything from

THE TINGLER, to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, to ERASERHEAD,

to EVIL DEAD being born in the film's glorious finale! After being

blown away by the film's (beautifully animated and frankly

disturbing) ending, I watched the film again, and admired how the

the seemingly thin first hour actually builds quite ingeniously to the

climax. I was also impressed with the tasteful application of gore

at the end (which could be generically attributed to the film's British

sensibility), giving it both a shocking and alluring quality. The more I think about this supposed schlocky B-film, the more

I appreciate it. Sometimes mainstream critics such as Mr. Maltin

miss the boat, and this is precisely one of those times.


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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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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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