Fiend Without a Face

1957

Fiend Without a Face

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67%

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Total Count: 12

46%

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User Ratings: 2,461
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Movie Info

Propelled by their spinal cords, murderous airborne brains fly out in search of food-for-thought after of a scientist's experiment with thought-materialization goes horribly awry in this horror movie with excellent special effects and a some genuinely scary moments. It all begins as the scientist, working at an isolated Canadian air base, experiments on himself. Unfortunately, his atomic invention manifests the researcher's own evil thoughts which become the terrifyingly real brains that feast messily upon the brains and nervous systems of others.

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Cast

Marshall Thompson
as Maj. Cummings
Terry Kilburn
as Capt. Chester
Terence Kilburn
as Capt. Al Chester
Kim Parker
as Barbara Griselle
Michael Balfour
as Sgt. Kasper
Gil Winfield
as Dr. Warren
Gilbert Winfield
as Dr. Warren
Stanley Maxted
as Col. Butler
James Dyrenforth
as Mayor Hawkins
Kerrigan Prescott
as Atomic Engineer
Kynaston Reeves
as Prof. Walgate
Peter Madden
as Dr. Bradley
Lala Loyd
as Amelia Adams
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Critic Reviews for Fiend Without a Face

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Audience Reviews for Fiend Without a Face

  • Dec 24, 2011
    I walked into Fiend Without a Face somewhat cold. I halfway expected a plot involving evil brains of some sort, and I got exactly that. I'm not like most people in that I try not to read as much as I can about what a film is going to be about before I see it. Walking in cold gives me the most honest reaction, without any preconceived notions or having my hopes dashed when it sounds great only to find it to turn out to be terrible. Well, this movie isn't terrible, but it's not great either. However, I do find it fascinating that it's actually a British production, set in Canada with mostly American and Canadian actors, but all shot in England. I also find it intriguing that people were actually frightened by flying brains on mostly visible wires. I'm not detracting from the film because effects like this weren't easy (the stop motion stuff was actually very good), but I wonder just how well that stood out to audiences in 1957? Its real shortcomings are in the face that it's laborously paced and contains far too much plot and not enough character. It also spends most of its time spewing exposition. The one scene that was at least halfway effective is when Jeff is locked in a crypt... only to be released several hours later. It starts out rather creepy, but ultimately goes nowhere, and the explanation for why he was locked in the crypt in the first place is absurd. So yeah, the movie certainly won't win you over with a fantastic script, plot or dynamite performances, but its ridiculousness and setting you should find intriguing enough to warrant seeing it.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2011
    Overall, Fiend without a Face works as a 50s science fiction film that at times may be a little cheesy or far stretched, works. For the time, and on a tiny budget, it is a successful creature film with some amazing stop animation. If you're into older sci-fi, you'll find yourself eating this up.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2010
    My friends, since you're weary, and need change of pace, I present to you all: Fiend Without a Face. I was just a young kid, up late at night, when brains that were glowing flew into my sight. The rads caused the problem, as the science will show, and the characters decisions are foolish we know. But a good gun will save you, if you hit the brain right, just like the zombies that now give us a fright. In fact, on reflection, it looks like Romero, may have gotten his early ideas from this tale filled with marrow. It was cheesy and fun looking back on it now, but the sight of those monsters scared me -- holy cow! It's now food for Rifftracks and MISTY -type shows, but nostalgia like this drove my need for this prose. And now I return you to your favorite station, and hope that your brains will come back from vacation. -Rostron
    Mark K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2010
    In the 1950's Monster movies were a dime a dozen. You couldn't go to a drive in theater in the 50's and throw a rock without hitting a teen couple making out in the passion pit to giant sea creatures invading New York. This was common place, well I am excited that I have finally cracked my first 50's monster movie, for review. Fiend Without A Face comes to us from America's hat, Canada, and it serves up a pretty good time. Atomic Testing at a US Air Force base in Alberta leads to various town folk being killed by a mysterious force that is feeding on the Atomic energy. Marshall Thompson plays the hero, Major Cummings, who realizes that the US should stop their testing but of course they don't listen and he has to save the world! This movie goes places that I really enjoy and they even employ clay-mation to bring you the monsters. Brains! These movies are a dime a dozen and they all have the same storyline. I can't give this movie too high of a score because it was really not scary but they were pretty creative with their work on the monsters and ideas. Fiend without a Face drags away a 5 out of 10. I can't believe this movie got a criterion collection DVD. Take the swellest girl in the world and go necking S!D
    Brandon S Super Reviewer

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