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Scalpel (1977)

False Face (original title)
R | | Drama | January 1977 (USA)
A psychopathic plastic surgeon transforms a young accident victim into the spitting image of his missing daughter.

Director:

John Grissmer

Writers:

John Grissmer, Joseph Weintraub (original story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Lansing ... Dr. Phillip Reynolds
Judith Chapman ... Heather / Jane
Arlen Dean Snyder ... Uncle Bradley
David Scarroll David Scarroll ... Dr. Robert Dean
Sandy Martin ... Sandy
Bruce Atkins Bruce Atkins ... Bartender
Muriel Moore Muriel Moore ... Cousin Margaret
Clara Dunn Clara Dunn ... Gossipy Woman
Stan Wojno Stan Wojno ... Donald (as Stanley Wojno)
Laura Whyte Laura Whyte ... Jennifer Reynolds
Larry Quackenbush Larry Quackenbush ... Keith Jarvey
Greg Oliver Greg Oliver ... Killer
Mimi Honce Mimi Honce ... Maddie Schuster
Ellen Heard Ellen Heard ... Woman at the Party
Tad Currie Tad Currie ... Mr. Branch
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A psychopathic plastic surgeon transforms a young accident victim into the spitting image of his missing daughter.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

a face created by a master surgeon ... to live a lie created by a madman. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Woman of the Shadows See more »

Filming Locations:

Covington, Georgia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

PJ Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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The Dying Poet
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some stunning key scenes and some real shocks
27 November 2018 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

So many times since I bought this Blu-ray, I've picked it up and then put it down again. A low budget film featuring facial surgery, maybe not. And then I watched it! Great film, full of surprises, not least of which is that the early exposition is dealt with so smoothly. From the brutal and explicit beginning, through the background story, the surgery and all, we are skilfully informed as the pictures fade into each other and we have arrived at the beginning of the tale that we expected to be the ending. Set in Georgia we get wonderful pictures of green and gold burial grounds and overgrown ruins. An atmosphere of creepy otherness develops alongside shades of incest. More a dramatic tale with tinges of the Italian gallo than a horror, this is nevertheless horrific and not without surprises. One particular surprise towards the end really caught me off guard and is followed quickly by the chase through the woods of a skimpy bikini clad women that almost as surprising as it is stunning. And then surprising again! It is a tragedy that director John Grissmer only made one other film and that almost a remake of this. Robert Lansing is effective as the leading man but Judith Chapman is an absolute revelation. Her career seems to have been more in TV and it is true that the interiors here sometimes look more like TV but Chapman is marvellous in a difficult role and always convincing. This is an underrated film that seems to offer little but does quite the opposite with great location shooting, some stunning key scenes and some real shocks.


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