See the ‘50s sci-fi classic Fiend without a Face on the big screen with a special introduction by film scholar and University of Arizona Regents Professor David Soren!
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“A well-crafted and genuinely suspenseful genre flick that has held up surprisingly well.” – Q Network Film Desk
“Highly enjoyable … Fiend Without a Face is a classic monsters-on-the-loose movie chock full of the 1950s Cold War themes we know and love.” – Films from the Vault
“A smart and memorable sci-fi cautionary tale that has earned its place in history … the titular monsters are great nightmare fodder.” – Suite 101
A scientist’s thoughts materialize as an army of invisible brain-shaped monsters (complete with spinal-cord tails!) who terrorize an American military base in this nightmarish British sci-fi chiller, directed by Arthur Crabtree (Horrors of the Black Museum). Fiend without a Face is based in and around a US long-range radar installation in the Canadian wilderness, where soldiers and civilians alike are being struck dead by an unseen force. At first, the base commander believes these murders may have been the work of spies operating out of the woods - a theory supported by unexplained fluctuations in power output from the base's nuclear plant. Because of the proximity of this reactor, residents of the nearby town begin to suspect the deaths are due to a radiation leak. The real answer turns out to be far more insidious. Autopsies reveal that the victims' spinal fluids have been sucked dry through holes at the base of their skulls. The bizarre murders are eventually linked to the work of psychic researcher Professor Walgate (Kynaston Reeves), whose experiments materializing human thoughts have not only been causing the power fluctuations, but have resulted in the creation of invisible brain-monsters. When the creatures attack the plant operators, a massive surge of radiation is released, revealing the creatures in all their hideous glory - depicted by marvelous stop-motion animation - as leaping, tentacled brains with wriggling antennae! An intelligent and well-crafted thriller from the Golden Age of 1950s Creature Features, Fiend without a Face features a thought-provoking take on Atomic Age paranoia, not to mention some of the most terrifying monsters to ever rampage across the big screen! (Dir. by Arthur Crabtree, 1958, UK, 77 mins., Not Rated) Digital