Sunday, November 2, 2008

FIEND WITHOUT A FACE / MGM - 1958 / Music by Buxton Orr

Well, we're finally getting around to this great classic of classics! Cinematographer turned director Arthur Crabtree directed this film and another Dungeon fave, HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM!

Our friend Buxton Orr didn't do that much, but, check out this nice lineup of movies he supplied the music for: THE HAUNTED STRANGLER, CORRIDORS OF BLOOD, FIRST MAN INTO SPACE, DR. BLOOD'S COFFIN and THE SNAKE WOMAN! Not bad! So, here's FIEND WITHOUT A FACE!


Look at the cool high-tech crap they had in 1958!! There's an atomic radar screen there (Cheney would be jealous!) and the power station supplying all the juice!

But, locals are starting to die whenever they run the machine, so, the American military is being blamed, naturally. They're in Canada. The doc explains to the brass that given there are puncture wounds in the back of the neck where the brain and spinal cord were sucked out, he thinks it is some kind of "mental vampire!"

Kim Parker has no idea that Marshall Thompson has let himself in as she bolts out of the bathroom after her shower! That image was used in the poster!! Anyway, Marshall doesn't seem to mind!

The invisible thing is super creepy as it slithers across a rug, and, if you survive an attack, is it really worth it?!!

They finally narrow the perpetrator of the terror down to Kim's boss, the weird old Prof. Walgate, who's been experimenting with brain waves and who's also been stealing atomic power for the station!

The damn things become visible, so, Marshall and Kim get to watch as three of the monsters attack the professor after he escapes from the house!

Marshall hoofs it to power station while the rest of the gang have to try and defend themselves against the fiends. The real hero is Constable Gibbons, look at him peel off those hellish demons!! The middle shot shows one as it leaps onto Kim!

Marshall finally blows up the power station, and, well... It gets pretty disgusting!


Dane said...

This was my last horror movie of the Halloween season, just watched it Friday night. Pretty much all I took away from it is that Marshall Thompson is really good-looking.

Dr. Theda said...

From my early childhood the image of the monsters stuck with me .. I believe it was on late night tv on a Saturday.... Cool "brain monsters" ( stop motion animation though)
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