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Curse of the Faceless Man (1958)

Unrated | | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi | August 1958 (USA)
A stone-encrusted body is unearthed at Pompeii, and people left alone with it keep dying of crushed skulls...


Edward L. Cahn


Jerome Bixby (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Richard Anderson ... Dr. Paul Mallon
Elaine Edwards ... Tina Enright
Adele Mara ... Maria Fiorillo
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ... Dr. Carlo Fiorillo
Joseph Garland Moore Jr. Joseph Garland Moore Jr. ... Dr. Enricco Ricci (as Gar Moore)
Felix Locher Felix Locher ... Dr. Emanuel
Jan Arvan Jan Arvan ... Police Insp. Renaldi
Bob Bryant ... Quintillus Aurelius


In the excavation of Pompeii, a stone-encrusted body is found with a bronze medallion bearing a strange Etruscan inscription. Carlo Fiorillo, Italian archaeologist, speculates the robust body may hold some life; medical researcher Paul Mallon scoffs at the idea. But people left alone with the seemingly petrified "faceless man" keep dying of crushed skulls; and Paul's artist fiancée Tina starts having strange visions... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Entombed for eons - turned to stone - seeking women, women, women!


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English | Italian

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August 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Maldição do Homem Sem Face See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Shot in six days. See more »


Paul states that Mount Vesuvious erupted "2000 years ago today" when he realizes it's August 24th. This contradicts dates established earlier in the film. Mount Vesuvius is correctly stated by the narrator as having erupted in the year 79. The narrator further establishes that the story begins on June 3rd of "this year", presumably 1958. See more »


Dr. Carlo Fiorillo: One more of these killings and they will hold me criminally responsible.
Dr. Emanuel: The fools! Here we are so close to solving the mystery of life and death, and they worry about their precious laws.
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Referenced in Dead End (1985) See more »

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Curse of the Lifeless Script
24 August 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Curse of the Faceless Man (1958)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

When the ruins of Pompeli are searched, a stone man is recovered. He's taken to a museum where he apparently attacks a woman, which puts her into a state of shock where it seems she has dreams to where she might have some connection to the man. According to the film, this stone man is caught somewhere between life and death and I'm sure the majority of the viewers are going to know that feeling because there's very little to enjoy here. I say there's very little to enjoy but thankfully the film is bad enough to where you can enjoy bits and pieces of it but this only applies to those who enjoy bad movies and can get some entertainment out of them. There are a lot of questionable things in this film but the biggest one to me is a scene early on where a doctor reads us something about the stone man while the image on screen is just the letter that is being read to us. This entire scene struck me as poorly made because if they're going to show us the letter the entire time then what's the point of having it read to us? Since it is being read to us then why not have the camera on one of the characters to try and get a reaction shot? The dialogue in this film is bad enough to turn anyone to stone as the majority of the running time it has either this doctor or that doctor explaining that everything they're saying is true yet the viewer will be wondering where the proof is. There's no question that this is made like a mummy film but the only exception is that instead of bandages our man is made out of stone. The ending, which I won't ruin, is the exact same as one of the Universal Mummy films from the 40s (I won't give the title just to avoid spoiling the ending). Another major problem is the performances, which range from poor to downright bad. The majority of the lines are bad enough and the poor delivery certainly doesn't help them any. At just 67-minutes the film isn't too long but one just wishes that there was more energy in it. The bad dialogue and bad acting adds a few laughs but there's still no doubt that this is a poorly made film that doesn't have enough life to keep it going.

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