Eyes Without a Face (1962)

Eyes Without a Face (1962)

Eyes Without a Face



Critic Consensus: A horrific tale of guilt and obsession, Eyes Without a Face is just as chilling and poetic today as it was in 1959.

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A young girl's face is horribly disfigured in a terrible accident. Her surgeon father tries to capture victims in hopes of transplanting a new face onto his daughter in this suspenseful horror story.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Pierre Boileau, Jean Redon, Thomas Narcejac, Claude Sautet, Pierre Gascar
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 2004
Criterion Collection


as Dr. Genessier

as Louise

as Christiane Genessier

as Jacques Vernon

as Insp. Parot

as Bereaved Father

as Inspektor

as Forensic surgeon

as The Mother

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as The Man From the Fou...

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Critic Reviews for Eyes Without a Face

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (12)

Eyes Without a Face is a perfect example of how cinematic poetry can transform a seemingly disreputable movie genre.

Full Review… | October 14, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

One of those rare horror films that induces discomfort by showing practically nothing.

Full Review… | October 6, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It has some queasy scenes, but unclear progression and plodding direction give this an old-fashioned air.

Full Review… | September 26, 2007
Top Critic

As absurd and as beautiful as a fairy tale.

Full Review… | September 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A marvellous movie in the fullest sense.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Among the most disturbing horror films ever made.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Eyes Without a Face


This is probably the earliest representation of gruesome horror on film, evident from the subject matter, the creepy visual effect of Christiane wearing her mask, and the ritualistic killings of the doctor, though he thinks he is doing right. This is an essential film for horror fans who want to see the early days of this genre. The costuming, the mask, and the setting of the unpopulated countryside manor and institute, make for a great backdrop for the story. It's also an interesting film to watch when it comes to the dynamic between the father and his daughter: he only sees her when she is whole, unmarred by the tragic accident he caused. He constantly says he feels guilty for disfiguring her, but really he needs things to be perfect because he is used to perfecting people at his clinic. She is the one disfigured, but he is the one who is truly ill. There's a level of control and villainy that is complex and untethered from modern horror conventions. There are some great, frightening visuals, especially of Christiane's face as it decays. The ending is the least likable aspect of the story, because it's so anticlimactic and strange. What does it symbolize? How does Christiane feel about her fate? Beautiful in a very frightening way, this is a classic in many respects, and worth watching.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Brilliant and stunning Foreign Horror film brilliantly directed by Georges Franju, Eyes Without a Face is a unique film in the genre. Beautifully filmed an acted, this is one of the most powerful genre films in the medium. Using images to create its terror as it is a very subtle film that manages to truly terrify the viewer with atmosphere, and the fear of what is transpiring what keeps you involved from start to finish. The cast is phenomenal and the lead actress, Edith Scob delivers a powerful performance in the role Christiane Génessierm, the daughter of a mad doctor who is deformed and whose father captures young women to find a perfect face for his daughter. The film may seem tame by today's standards, but at the time of its release, the film was ahead of its time. This is horror the way it should be. Franju direction is immaculate, and his eye for creating a truly memorable and engaging horror film is unmatched. Eyes Without a Face is a flawless picture that is both beautiful and shocking all at once. The images that befall upon you are haunting, disturbing and unforgettable. Eyes Without a Face is a brilliant picture that tells a subtle, yet horrifying story that will certainly appeal to viewers looking for a truly well executed picture that uses the bare necessities to create terrific terror. The result here is a truly disturbing, yet brilliant affair that is among the finest horror films ever made. If you get a chance at seeing this iconic film, you'll glad you did. Using horror basics, Franju was able to make a film that has much more impact on the viewer than many of the horror films released today.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


A horror classic that is still shocking today.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

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