Fiend Without a Face (Criterion Collection)

Starring: Marshall Thompson Director: Arthur Crabtree
Fiend Without a Face (Criterion Collection)
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DVD Features:

  • Widescreen Version
  • Audio Commentary: A Conversation with Executive Producer Richard Gordon and genre film writer Tom Weaver
  • Illustrated Essay on British Sci-Fi/Horror Filmmaking by Film Historian Bruce Eder
  • A Collection of Trailers from Gordon Films: Fiend without a Face, The Haunted Strangler, Corridors of Blood, First Man into Space, and The Atomic Submarine
  • Subtitles in English
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 14 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1958
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.66
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.66
  • Audio:
    • Mono - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Richard Gordon - Executive Producer, Tom Weaver - Genre Film Writer
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Production Notes
    • Essay: Bruce Eder - Film Historian
    • Liner Notes: Bruce Kawin
    • Stills/Photos: Production Stills

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A scientist's thoughts materialize as an army of invisible brain-shaped monsters (complete with spinal-cord tails!) who terrorize an American military base in this nightmarish chiller, directed by Arthur Crabtree (Horrors of the Black Museum). This outstanding sci-fi/horror hybrid is a special effects bonanza, and a high-water mark in British genre filmmaking.

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A scientist is working with telekinesis in a series of experiments. Strangely, the emissions from a nearby nuclear power plant enhance the intensity of his vibrations, and soon he develops the power to materialize his thoughts in the form of brainlike creatures. The creatures frighteningly become invisible, escape, multiply, and leap on people's backs to devour their brains. The film features Marshall Thompson, who also starred in IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE.

Plot Synopsis:

When a retired scientist uses atomic power from a nearby U.S. base to further his neurogenetic experiments--by which he transforms thought into matter--he successfully manages to create some terrifying beings.

Plot Keywords:

Mad Doctor | Monsters | Splatter | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Based on a story by Amelia Reynolds Long.
  • Additional crew: Lionel Banes (DOP), R.Q. McNaughton (editor) and Buxton Orr (score composer).
  • An Amalgamated Production. Made in the UK.
  • Released with the film THE HAUNTED STRANGLER, for play on a double bill.

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Rating 3.5 Why, Criterion? Why? Movie Lover: from Trumbull, CT US -- September, 1, 2006

Flushed by its success (and obscene profits) after restoring cult classic "The Blob", Criterion figured that it was onto something really big; namely, sci-fi freaks willing to pay inordinate sums of money for B movies. So, they rummaged through all the available (read: cheap)exposed celluloid that was in the vault, et voila! They unveil a 'restored' "Fiend Without A Face"! Now, I like the movie, believe me. Heck, I bought it. But how does one justify the hefty price tag when you compare this film with the likes of "M", "Alphaville", "Night and Fog", "Brazil",
"Seven Samurai", "Most Dangerous Game", or "Beauty and the Beast"? Kind of odd, don't you think? If you must have this film for your collection, fine. Otherwise, there are hundreds of other DVD's offered by that are worth your investment.

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  • UPC: 715515011327
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