Arthur Crabtree

Fiend Without a Face

Fiend Without a Face

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 chiller, directed by Arthur Crabtree (Horrors of the Black Museum). This outstanding sci-fi/horror hybrid is a special effects bonanza, and a high-water mark in British genre filmmaking.

Film Info

  • Arthur Crabtree
  • United Kingdom
  • 1958
  • 92 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #92

Special Features

  • New widescreen transfer, with digital picture restoration and enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • Audio commentary: a conversation with executive producer Richard Gordon and genre film writer Tom Weaver
  • Illustrated essay on British sci-fi/horror filmmaking by film historian Bruce Eder
  • A collection of trailers from Gordon Films: Fiend without a Face, The Haunted Strangler, Corridors of Blood, First Man into Space, and The Atomic Submarine
  • Rare still photographs and ephemera, with commentary
  • Vintage advertisements and lobby cards
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

New cover by David Cohen

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New widescreen transfer, with digital picture restoration and enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • Audio commentary: a conversation with executive producer Richard Gordon and genre film writer Tom Weaver
  • Illustrated essay on British sci-fi/horror filmmaking by film historian Bruce Eder
  • A collection of trailers from Gordon Films: Fiend without a Face, The Haunted Strangler, Corridors of Blood, First Man into Space, and The Atomic Submarine
  • Rare still photographs and ephemera, with commentary
  • Vintage advertisements and lobby cards
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

New cover by David Cohen

Fiend Without a Face
Cast
Marshall Thompson
Major Cummings
Kynaston Reeves
Prof. Walgate
Kim Parker
Barbara Griselle
Stanley Maxted
Col. Butler
Terence Kilburn
Capt. Chester
James Dyrenforth
Mayor
Robert MacKenzie
Const. Gibbons
Peter Madden
Dr. Bradley
Gil Winfield
Dr. Warren
Credits
Director
Arthur Crabtree
Producer
John Croydon
Executive producer
Richard Gordon
Screenplay
Herbert J. Leder
Original story
Amelia Reynolds Long
Music
Buxton Orr
Conducted by
Frederic Lewis
Lighting cameraman
Lionel Banes
Editing
R. Q. McNaughton
Set designer
John Elphick
Special effects
Ruppell & Nordhoff
Special effects
Peter Neilson

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Fiend Without a Face

Invisible monsters suck out your brains! And that’s just for starters. They suck out your spinal cord too. They make crunchy, slurpy, thumping sounds when they crawl. They strangle you with something when they leap on you and bite through the back…

By Bruce Kawin