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Pyro... The Thing Without a Face (1964)

Fuego (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 22 January 1964 (USA)
A married man has a brief affair, then goes back to his wife and children. His jilted mistress, believing that if he had no more family he'd come back to her, sets fire to his house, hoping... See full summary »


Julio Coll, Luis García (uncredited)


Sidney W. Pink (story), Sidney W. Pink (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Barry Sullivan ... Vance Pierson
Martha Hyer ... Laura Blanco
Sherry Moreland Sherry Moreland ... Verna Pierson
Luis Prendes ... Police Inspector
Fernando Hilbeck ... Julio
Soledad Miranda ... Liz Frade
Carlos Casaravilla ... Frade
Paco Morán Paco Morán ... Doctor (as Francisco Moran)
Marisenka Marisenka ... Isabella Blanco
Hugo Pimentel ... Gaspar
Pilarin Gomez Pilarin Gomez ... Sally Pierson
Eric Chapman Eric Chapman
Roberto Llamas Roberto Llamas


A married man has a brief affair, then goes back to his wife and children. His jilted mistress, believing that if he had no more family he'd come back to her, sets fire to his house, hoping to kill them. The man, unsuccessfully trying to rescue them, is horribly burned. After he undergoes an operation to reconstruct his face, he begins to plot his revenge against his former mistress. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Horror | Thriller


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This film bombed in America, but was a blockbuster overseas with it's alternative title "Phantom of the Ferris Wheel". See more »


In the living room of the house burned, the police inspector and Julio (both Spanish) talk to each other in English. See more »


Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

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Vance plays with fire.
5 August 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Ferris wheel obsessed engineer Vance Pierson (Barry Sullivan) moves with his wife and daughter to Spain to work on a hydroelectric dam. While house-hunting, Vance meets sexy blonde Laura Blanco (Martha Hyer) as she is about to torch her run-down property for the insurance money. Instead, Vance buys the place, and subsequently starts a steamy affair with the woman. When Vance's conscience eventually kicks in and he decides to end his relationship with Laura, she flips out and sets fire to Vance's home—with his wife and child still inside. Vance rushes to their rescue, but he is too late to save them, and suffers severe burns in the process. When Laura pays him a visit in hospital, the disfigured engineer swears to hunt down Laura and her daughter, no matter where they run to.

Part Fatal Attraction style thriller, part twisted revenge horror, Pyro… The Thing Without a Face is nowhere near as cheesy as the title suggests. In fact, it is a surprisingly dark tale, dealing as it does with infidelity, betrayal, madness, murder, and even a hint of incest for good measure (Laura's comment that her daughter's father was her own father is quite the shocker). Vance, covered from head to foot in bandages, telling Laura to 'take her family and hide' is effectively chilling, as is watching him as he makes good on his word. I only wish that the ending had been as bold: rather than sparing Laura's daughter, I'd love to have seen Vance throw himself off the ferris wheel with the little girl in his arms. That would have made for an unforgettable and more fitting downbeat finale.

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22 January 1964 (USA) See more »

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A Cold Wind from Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

Viveiro, Lugo, Galicia, Spain

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