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Fiend Without A Face

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Parental guidance is recommended for younger viewers.

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Description

An American airbase in canada provokes resentment amongst the nearby residents after fallout from the nuclear experiments at the base are blamed for a recent spate of disappearances.

A captain from the airbase is assigned to investigate them and begins to suspect that an elderly British scientist who lives near the base and conducts research in the field of telekenisis is responsible for the creation of this invisible killer!

Brand new 16:9 remastered transfer.

Special Features:

* Feature length commentary with producer Richard Gordon and Film Historian Tom Weaver Stills
* photo gallery

Review

"Fiend Without a Face contains one of the most indelible images to emerge from sci-fi/horror movies of the atomic age: malevolent human brains, creeping like caterpillars on spinal-cord tails, choking the life out of their helpless victims! If that weren't enough to make any genre enthusiast drool with sick delight, the movie's also got an above-average plot (as B-movies go) and made genre history as an international success, independently produced in England, set in Canada, starring an American (Marshall Thompson), with magnificently grotesque special effects created in Germany!

The mystery begins near an American Air Force base in Manitoba, where unexplainable deaths are somehow connected to the base's atomic reactor, which is being used to power an experiment in advanced long-distance radar. Thompson (who later starred in the TV series Daktari) plays Major Cummings, who discovers that the lethal monsters--slurping, unseen "mental vampires"--are actually the horrific byproduct of thought-control experiments conducted by hapless, retired professor (echoes of Forbidden Planet's "monster from the Id"). Once visible, the fiendish brains are everywhere, attacking our heroes from every angle (in a scene that may have inspired Night of the Living Dead), and sputtering puddles of blood when riddled by bullets. This climactic scene--a triumph of latex rubber fiends, eerie sound effects, and stop-motion animation--was a gory breakthrough in 1958, and it's still a worthy precursor to every gross-out monster movie that followed in its trendsetting wake. Beware the faceless fiends! --Jeff Shannon

Re-released on
September 15th, 2008
Length (Minutes)
74
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Language
English
Director
Genre
  • Horror
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
UPC
3000000060117
Product ID
1476483

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