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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:
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  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052SO06U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,654 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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What can be said about Curse of the Faceless Man (1958) that hasn't already been said? Apparently a lot, since I be the first to review it on the Amazon website...written by Jerome Bixby (It! The Terror from Beyond Space, Fantastic Voyage) and directed by schlockmeister extraordinaire Edward L. Cahn (The She-Creature, Dragstrip Girl, Invasion of the Saucer Men), the film stars Richard Anderson, whom most in my generation would recognize as Oscar Goldman from the mid 70s television series "The Six Million Dollar Man" (you're doing that bionic sound effect in your head right now, aren't you? Me too...). Also appearing is Elaine Edwards (Guns, Girls, and Gangsters, The Bat), Adele Mara (Sands of Iwo Jima, The Black Whip), Luis Van Rooten (The Big Clock, Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture), Felix Locher (Hell Ship Mutiny, Frankenstein's Daughter), Jan Arvan (The Sign of Zorro, The Poseidon Adventure), and Gar Moore (Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff).

As the movie begins we see a miniature volcano spewing forth its molten, steamy goodness over a miniature city, supposedly representing a reenactment of Mount Vesuvius destroying the city of Pompeii in 79 A.D., according to the narrator...well, that was kinda fun...now we're in the present, and we see some Giuseppe rooting around on an excavation site. He uncovers a golden jewel box along with man-sized, man shaped, white stone figure (actually, it looks like a man covered in lumpy, crusty gravy). Within the jewel box are some shiny trinkets, along with a bronze medallion sporting a curse of sorts. The find is taken to the museum (not before someone dies mysteriously), run by Dr. Carlo Fiorillo (Rooten) and his hotchie mama daughter Maria (Mara). Dr. Fiorillo calls in his friend, Oscar Goldman ...er, I mean Dr.
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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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