Fiend Without a Face (1957)

Fiend Without a Face (1957)




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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.
Art House & International , Classics , Cult Movies , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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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
R. Meadows White
as Ben Adams
Lala Loyd
as Amelia Adams
Launce Maraschal
as Melville
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Critic Reviews for Fiend Without a Face

All Critics (12)

As far as mad scientist byproducts go, they're a juggernaut.

Full Review… | October 15, 2011

A cinematic bad trip of the highest order.

Full Review… | April 12, 2010
SFX Magazine

And honestly, how much animus should any percipient genre enthusiast ever direct at a movie bearing the tagline, 'Invisible monsters suck out your brains!'?

Full Review… | May 31, 2006

Pior do que o roteiro, só mesmo os efeitos visuais. E as atuações. E a direção. E...

September 7, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Way above average 50s sci-fi with great monsters.

January 7, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

a well-crafted and generally suspenseful genre flick that has held up surprisingly well

February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Fiend Without a Face


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 Browning
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer


Campy, classic science fiction from 1957 (the year that also gave us The Deadly Mantis, Attack of the Crab Monsters and The Brain From Planet Arous).

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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 Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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