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Curse of the Faceless Man1958

  • 3.2
In an excavation site scientists uncover the body of a gladiator from the ruins of Pompeii, stone-encrusted with a bronze medallion bearing a strange Etruscan inscription. Carlo Fiorillo, Italian archaeologist, speculates the robust body may hold some life; medical researcher Paul Mallon scoffs at the idea. But people left alone with the seemingly petrified "faceless man" keep dying of crushed skulls; and Paul's artist fiance, Tina, starts having strange visions.

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"...too endearingly simpleminded not to find a warm place in the hearts of monster movie lovers." - Glenn Erickson, Trailers From Hell


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I want to thank Fandor for making this movie available. It takes me back to my childhood, when my uncle and I would stay up late watching these movies on television. A few are available on DVD, but not many. Of course they won't pass muster as works of art, and I have to chuckle at attempts to review them as such, but they were a mainstay of excitement for many Americans. They truly are a snapshot of a different time, and were really scary at a time when there weren't so many things to really fear (or, at least, we didn't see images of them all day, every day.) I'd love to see more of these movies. A favorite was Monster on the Campus, about a prehistoric fish that wreaks havoc on an idyllic academic community. Thanks again, Fandor. I really enjoyed this movie.

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I want to thank Fandor for making this movie available. It takes me back to my childhood, when my uncle and I would stay up late watching these movies on television. A few are available on DVD, but not many. Of course they won't pass muster as works of art, and I have to chuckle at attempts to review them as such, but they were a mainstay of excitement for many Americans. They truly are a snapshot of a different time, and were really scary at a time when there weren't so many things to really fear (or, at least, we didn't see images of them all day, every day.) I'd love to see more of these movies. A favorite was Monster on the Campus, about a prehistoric fish that wreaks havoc on an idyllic academic community. Thanks again, Fandor. I really enjoyed this movie.

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Reminded me of those short movie episodes back in the 40's, where each week evil seemed to triumph only to discover by next Saturday's episode, the hero had survived but was in yet another tragic situation. It was exciting then, and worth the 19 cents, but not today. The pace of this film was too slow, to strung out. Maybe it's value is as an example of early efforts in new creativity, but it didn't move me and I can imagine this film being produced today. Several quibbles, but overall, kind of slow motion fun. I wonder how Richard Anderson would remember it today.

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Scripted by Jerome Bixby, an excellent and sadly under-rated short story writer, this film's story is more inventive than movies of this type, even if it is just a reworking of The Mummy. Highly enjoyable.

I typically enjoy B movies, but this one wasn't quite good enough to recommend. Too many plot problems, too poor a story and a heavy-handed narration instead of a good script. While I don't regret watching it, only the most devoted fans of this genre would find it worth their time.