Curse of the Faceless Man

Curse of the Faceless Man

Director: Edward L. Cahn

Cast: Edward L. Cahn, Richard Anderson, Elaine Edwards, Adele Mara

     
 

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Archeologists excavating the ruins of Pompeii discover what seems to be a perfectly preserved human figure, encased in lava. A scientific team led by Dr. Paul Mallon (Richard Anderson) begins to piece together the history and identity of the stone figure. Using surviving records from the city and the location where the figure was found as a starting point, the… See more details below

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Archeologists excavating the ruins of Pompeii discover what seems to be a perfectly preserved human figure, encased in lava. A scientific team led by Dr. Paul Mallon (Richard Anderson) begins to piece together the history and identity of the stone figure. Using surviving records from the city and the location where the figure was found as a starting point, the archeologists uncover the story of Quintilus, an Etruscan gladiator-slave who was tortured and sentenced to death for daring to love a noblewoman. He vowed to kill anyone who kept him from the woman he loved, and was in the process of being executed when the eruption of Vesuvius destroyed the city and buried Quintilus in molten lava. Their research takes on tremendous urgency when evidence -- in the form of a rising number of dead bodies -- begins to show that Quintilus may not only still be alive, in some impossible-to-fathom manner, but bent on carrying out his final wish, of rescuing and escaping with his beloved, and that the woman he loved has been reincarnated, in some manner, in the person of Mallon's fiancée, Tina Enright (Elaine Edwards). This all seems like fanciful speculation, especially to the police, until Quintilus breaks out one night and starts stalking Tina through the city, impervious to police bullets and a danger to everyone around him. When Quintilus takes the unconscious Tina, Mallon must try to anticipate his movements around the city by finding the modern locations of ancient streets that Quintilus seems able to navigate. He heads for the Cove of the Blind Fisherman, hoping to save his fiancée and put an end to this ancient curse.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
On its face, Curse of the Faceless Man is a retelling of The Mummy, incorporating elements familiar from both the Karloff film and from one or more of the Lon Chaney Jr. B-movie entries from the early to mid-'40s. Screenwriter Jerome Bixby, however, has added enough creepy details and personality to the characters to give this film an immediacy that The Mummy movies mostly lacked. We know far more about the city of Pompeii and the way its people lived and died than we do about religious rituals in ancient Egypt, and Bixby employs the richer, more detailed picture that he can draw from this material to great effect. Additionally, director Edward L. Cahn who also helmed the companion feature with which Curse of the Faceless Man was released, It! The Terror from Beyond Space, which was also written by Bixby paced the movie for just the right level of suspense, and got convincing performances out of his cast. Gerald Fried's music, especially the twisting suspense theme accompanying Quintilus' awakening and wanderings, keeps the tension high, and the costuming and special effects make the picture work far better than its budget or its reputation would lead one to expect. (The frozen stone figure of Quintilus later reappeared in United Artists' Invisible Invaders, also directed by Cahn and sharing the same production designer, representing a captured and immobilized alien.)

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2011
UPC:
0883904245858
Original Release:
1958
Source:
Mgm Mod
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:07:00
Sales rank:
46,718

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Anderson Dr. Paul Mallon
Elaine Edwards Tina Enright
Adele Mara Maria Fiorillo
Luis Van Rooten Dr. Carlo Fiorillo
Gar Moore Dr. Enricco Ricci
Jan Arvan Inspector Renaldi
Felix Locher Dr. Emanuel

Technical Credits
Edward L. Cahn Director
Ira Anderson Special Effects
Jerome Bixby Screenwriter
Einar Bourman Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerald Fried Score Composer
Vou Lee Giokaris Costumes/Costume Designer
William Glasgow Production Designer
Robert Kent Producer
Kenneth Peach Cinematographer
Grant Whytock Editor

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