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Faceless (1987)

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When model Barbara Hallen disappears in France, her father's private detective traces her steps to a private plastic surgery clinic run by Dr.Flamand.


Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helmut Berger ... Docteur Flamand
Brigitte Lahaie ... Nathalie
Telly Savalas ... Terry Hallen
Christopher Mitchum ... Morgan (as Chris Mitchum)
Stéphane Audran ... Mme Sherman (as Stephane Audran)
Caroline Munro ... Barbara Hallen
Christiane Jean Christiane Jean ... Ingrid Flamand
Anton Diffring ... Docteur Moser
Tilda Thamar ... Mme François
Howard Vernon ... Docteur Orloff
Florence Guérin Florence Guérin ... Florence Guerin
Gérard Zalcberg ... Gordon (as Gerard Zalcberg)
Henri Poirier Henri Poirier ... Commissaire Legris
Laure Sabardin Laure Sabardin ... La receptionniste
Amelie Chevalier Amelie Chevalier ... Mélissa


A model named Barbara Hallen has disappeared and her father gets private detective Sam Morgan to go to Paris to find his daughter. Barbara's trail leads Morgan to a plastic surgery clinic owned by Dr. Flamand. Morgan's investigation reveals the horrifying secret behind the Doctor's miracle cures which is blood and organs taken from kidnapped young women. As Morgan's investigation closes witnesses are eliminated one by one, each in a more horrible way. Written by Chris Mayo <cmayo@thezone.net>

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Release Date:

22 June 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Color (Fujicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Following the filming of the rape scene, Gérard Zalcberg was so disgusted by what his character was scripted to act out that he started weeping and apologizing terribly to Caroline Munro. Munro comforted him, telling him she understood fully and reminding him that it was truly only acting, not real. The scene originally called for Munro to be partially nude, but she refused, claiming that was unnecessary and insisting that just showing some scenes which hinted at what was happening would get the basic idea across. See more »

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In Nova Scotia, Canada the movie was not approved when initially submitted for a rating. After editing, it was re-rated "Restricted". See more »


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Fanco's Ultra-Demented 80s Take on a Classic Horror-Formula

"Faceless" of 1987 is cult director Jess Franco's demented and ultra-gory 80s take on a classic Horror topic. In the heyday of European Gothic Horror some of the greatest genre films dealt with a mad scientist who was murdering young women in order to restore the life or beauty of one particular woman. Some of the most brilliant films with such a theme are Georges Franju's masterpiece "Les Yeux Sans Visage" ("Eyes Without a Face", 1960), Giorgio Ferroni's "Il Mulino Delle Donne Di Pietro" ("Mill of the Stone Women", 1960), or Franco's own "Gritos En La Noche" ("The Awful Dr. Orloff", 1962). With "Faceless", Franco brings this popular Horror-theme back, with less atmosphere, but with tons of more sleaze and demented gore. According to this site, the film is a remake of Franju's film, but it has just as many resemblances to "The Awful Dr. Orloff" (which, then again, was very clearly inspired by "Les Yeux Sans Visage").

I have been a Jess Franco fan for many years now, especially of his earlier films, and my expectations for this one were quite high, simply because it has been recommended to me by fellow Franco-fans on several occasions as the best of his newer films. It must be said that Franco's impressive repertoire of 180+ films includes masterpieces and stinkers alike, and while "Faceless" definitely ranges in the better half of his output, I cannot deny that I was a tiny bit disappointed. As explained earlier, I am a big fan of Gothic Horror from the 60s, and Franco's films about the theme, "The Awful Dr. Orloff" and the sequel "Miss Muerte" ("The Diabolical Dr. Z", 1966) are doubtlessly the best ones he ever made. "Faceless" is a welcome return to this great premise, but while I reckon the difference in styles between the early 60s and the late 80s, I would have loved the film to be a little more atmospheric and in the style of these old films, in short: a little more 'Gothic'. That being said, "Faceless" is definitely a film that Franco-fans should not miss out on.

Helmut Berger plays the ruthless prominent plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Flanard who, after his sister has been deformed by a disaffected former patient, has no scruples whatsoever in his dedication to restore her beauty... The cast includes several cult-actors including Helmut Berger, Telly Salavas, Franco-regular Howard Vernon (once again as a man called Dr. Orloff), Anton Diffring, who plays a demented Nazi-scientist, Christopher Mitchum (Robert's son), Caroline Munro and Pornstar/Exploitation actress Brigitte Lahaie, who plays the Doctor's mistress and ruthless assistant. The most spectacular aspect about "Faceless" is probably its ultra-demented nature and the truly gruesome gore-effects. Several scenes, such as the 'face-removal' sequence are sometimes hard to digest, even for trained Exploitation/Gore fans. Sadly, the film hasn't got the great style and atmosphere of Franco's early 'Mad Scientist' films, which were moody, creepy and accompanied by gloomy, Franco-typical scores. This film's score is its most annoying aspect, the same (TRULY terrible) 80s song is re-played over and over again. While I don't share the enthusiasm that fellow Franco fans seem to have about "Faceless", I will be the last one to deny that it is more than worth watching. Especially the gore-enthusiasts out there should have a blast. Recommended to Jess Franco fans.

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