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Faces of Death (1978)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Horror | 10 November 1978 (USA)
A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV-material to home-made super-8 movies The common factor is death by some means.

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(as Conan Le Cilaire)

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(as Alan Black)
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Credited cast:
... Dr. Francis B. Gröss
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Samuel Berkowitz
Mary Ellen Brighton ... Herself - Suicide Victim
Thomas Noguchi ... Himself - Chief Medical Examiner Coroner
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Storyline

A 'mockumentary' hosted by Dr. Francis B. Gross, a coroner. He is trying to show you the different 'faces' of people while dying. There are faked scenes of people getting killed intermixed with footage of real accidents. There are executions by decapitation (in an unknown Arab country) and the electric chair. One scene shows a group of tourists in Egypt smashing a monkey's head while still alive and eating its brains. There are shots of animals eating people and Satanic orgies using dead bodies. There is a segment that deals with an alligator that accidentally entered 'residential' waters. The local warden goes in his boat to get the alligator back into the sea when he accidentally falls over and becomes gator bait. The film ends with newsreel footage of people jumping off buildings and major accidents. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Experience the graphic reality of DEATH, close-up... See more »


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Gorgon Video

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$35,000,000
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Trivia

This film contains real stock footage of accidents, suicides, autopsies and animal killings. It also contains many deaths that have been proven as staged. See more »

Goofs

After the farmer chops off the roosters head, she hacks the ax back into the stump and it sticks in at a perfectly straight angle. Then it is suddenly sticking out at a horizontal angle. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Dr. Francis B. Gröss: During the past 20 years I know that my compulsion to understand death was much greater than just an obsession. My dreams have dictated my mission. But now it is time to witness the final moment, to discover the circle that forever repeats ifself. The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end? I'll leave that decision to you.
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Faces of Death Theme Part 1
Written by Gene Kauer
Performed by Gene Kauer
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9 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Half of this was sickening reality. The other half was a pathetic sham.

This is worth a look for the freak value alone.

The autopsy footage was gut-churning. This was one of the few real spots. Seeing real faces of the dead wasn't easy. The fact that said faces weren't deformed in any real way made it all the more chilling. The lady's suicide was also tough to watch.

The faked footage (executions, croc attack) almost subverted the intention of the film. Dealing with death. If they wanted to show executions, show something that can be verified.

The bear attack was probably influenced by the fake lion attack in 'Great Hunting.' And the middle eastern restaurant (with a white staff) serving the fresh monkey for killing was ripped off of 'Man From Deep River.' The scene with the grieving father trying to raise his dead son & wife through a medium may have been hard to watch for all the wrong reasons.

Most people see this...just to say they've seen it.


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