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As far as mad scientist byproducts go, they're a juggernaut.
A cinematic bad trip of the highest order.
And honestly, how much animus should any percipient genre enthusiast ever direct at a movie bearing the tagline, 'Invisible monsters suck out your brains!'?
Pior do que o roteiro, só mesmo os efeitos visuais. E as atuações. E a direção. E...
Way above average 50s sci-fi with great monsters.
a well-crafted and generally suspenseful genre flick that has held up surprisingly well
Falls into the wave of horror productions that presented atomic radiation as the new boogeyman of the postwar era
This is just another mutant B-flick that is missing most of its brain.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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