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Curse Of The Faceless Man

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A stone figure unearthed in Pompeii followed by a series of skull crushing murders.

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  • Actors: Richard Anderson, Elaine Edwards, Adele Mara
  • Directors: Edward L. Cahn
  • Writers: Jerome Bixby
  • Producers: Robert E. Kent
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052SO06U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,941 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By DVD Verdict on July 9, 2011
Judge Gordon Sullivan, DVD Verdict--The Curse of the Faceless Man is a B-movie in the truest sense of the word. Made on the cheap to screen with another feature (supposedly It! The Terror From Beyond Space), Curse is a 66-minute blast of so-so effects, random stock footage, bizarre voice-over, and sketchy acting. This is the kind of film that appeared in a few drive-in theaters, amused necking teens, and was banished to the realms of Saturday afternoon television.

Those willing to look beyond the film's obvious faults--the less-than-stellar plot, acting, and effects--will find a document of another era, a scant thirteen years after we dropped the bomb, a culture still trying to understand its relationship to history now that we possessed the power to eradicate history. It's probably a bit much to lay all that on a film like Curse, but the film is undeniably a product of its time. In the same way that it deals with issues (like history) that are very serious, the film can't help but be a part of cinematic history at the time, when these B-movies were needed to fill out double and triple bills. It's easy to see how fans could get nostalgic about an era that seems so much simpler. Even the film's faults seem more charming (or perhaps laughable) today than our own box office flops (if only because Curse only wastes 66 minutes of the viewer's time instead of 100). Although no one was convinced they were making Shakespeare, everyone involved is committed to the film, and given the constraints of time and budget, the film displays strong technical competence.

Despite the film's history, it's easy to get caught up in the flaws as well. Those looking for anything like today's level of polish and professionalism from The Curse of the Faceless Man will be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Amazzini on September 3, 2011
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MGM Limited has come across with a wonderful B movie staple of Chiller Theatre Sixties television- Director Edward L Cahn's 'CURSE OF THE FACELESS MAN'- 1957, one of the more unusual Mummy films released up to that period. We Horror fans were already introduced to the ancient love connections of Boris Karloff's IM-HO-TEP and Princess Anck-es-en-Amon and Lon Chaney Jr.s KHARIS and his beloved Princess Ananka. Now we meet Quintillus Aurelius, an Etruscan slave who is woken up after an excavation in Pompeii seeking his beloved Roman princess Lucilla Amorena who is now reincarnated in the body of artist Tina Enright. The film is the product of Producer Robert E Kent who along with Director Cahn released many Horror/Sci-Fi B's throughout the fifties. Cahn has a very uneven career in this genre blending the excellent (IT-THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE:1956) with the ludicrous (VOODOO WOMAN:1958). This film emerges as one of his best as the story moves at a great clip telling its story with the help of actor Morris Ankrum's narration and Kenneth Peach's beautiful ciarascuro black and white photograpy. It also helps that the atmosphere is enhanced with an excellent music score by Gerard Fried which lingers in the mind long after the film is over. The screenplay is by the underrated short story writer Jerome Bixby who also scribed Director Cahn's 'IT- THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE'. The cast is quite good with the beautiful Adele Mara who fans may remember as the tragic airline stewardess sucked out of the door of Robert Ryan's airplane in Director John Farrow's excellent 'BACK FROM ETERNITY'-1956, Felix Locher who also appeared as the elderly scientist in Director Richard Cunha's fun guilty pleasure 'FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER'-1958, and Elaine Edwards as the artist/princess.Read more ›
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael Chiaro on August 20, 2011
Let me cut to the chase: if you like this film, if you want this film, buy the version from Cheezy Flicks. It's mastered from the laser disc, has chapters and all the standard dvd features. Also, this is a standard silver disc NOT A DVD-R, like the MGM release. I wouuld take one half star off for the cover, one thing the MGM version has in its favor. The Cheezy Flicks version is anywhere from $10 TO $14 cheaper, depending on where you buy it. It can be had directly thru their website as well. In any event, I'm glad I found this: I hadn't seen it in years and it's a great little flick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Oravitz on April 21, 2015
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Co-billed with Cahn's other low budget sci-fi classic IT, THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE, this most certainly would have been an afternoon in theater heaven. The MGM DVD here is nothing short of excellent and although CHEEZY's version is said to be mastered from a laser disc I can't imagine it to be anywhere near as good as the MGM Studio presentation. The image is crisp and clear, probably better than when the film appeared in the theaters, the sound excellent.
Lots of pluses here. Cahn directs in his simplistic, no-nonsense fashion, that is, direct and right to the point which is great for a double bill quickie. His Westerns from the same period are also well worth catching, short and sweet, filling the requirements of a double feature yet maintaining a solid, well-filmed structure. So, am I a Edward Cahn fan? Well, yes. I love seeing low budget fare having a professional sheen about it, or at least a workmanship quality that strives to be the best it can. That's why I'll most likely watch CURSE OF THE FACELESS MAN or IT, THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE far more times than a CITIZEN KANE or a LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. With zillion dollar classics, one viewing is usually more than enough, and besides, it better be good, it certainly cost enough.
CURSE OF THE FACELESS is kind of like an old 1930s-40s Mummy movie, except that this time the mummified creature was a gladiator of old Pompeii who got buried alive when the volcano erupted and now that he's been revived he seeks to protect the reincarnated princess who just happens to be the hero's girlfriend. Believe me, it's Cahn's masterly direction that keeps this old chestnut working. You don't even mind that somehow the "mummy" shambles all over modern Pompeii at night without even being seen.
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