Curse of the Faceless Man

1958

Action / Adventure / Horror / Sci-Fi

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 50%
IMDb Rating 4.8 10 497

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Richard Anderson as Dr. Paul Mallon
Morris Ankrum as Narrator
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Reviewed by GL84 7 / 10

Rather engaging and enjoyable adaptation

Excavated from an expedition at Pompeii, a professor and his assistant find that the recovered mummy of an ancient guardian believes that she is the princess he loved reincarnated and sets out to reclaim her forcing them to protect her while trying to find a way to stop him.

This here wasn't all that bad of a drive-in feature. One of the films' better features is the fact that there's quite a lot of work here on the build-up to the reveal of the mummy and its condition. The connection to ancient Roman history, setting the whole affair around the eruption of Vesuvius which is carried out rather nicely through the discovery of the mummy, and it's contents from the dig site which leads rather well into the dreams she has about the mummy coming for her which comes off as the vast majority of the first half here. When it gets to the point about him being alive and coming after the medallion, this one gets even more fun as these are where the film really offers its best scenes as the first resurrection in the museum in front of her is quite the impressive offering, while the main attack in her apartment after it chases them out after it's chamber and goes on stalking her throughout the building which is a really fun and exciting sequence which remains a nice highlight. Even the finale is rather nice, from the final abduction out of the museum and the trip through the countryside where they arrive at the beach when the police arrive and engage in the final confrontation with the creature which is a rather nice and unexpected finish that ends this on a rather fun note. Along with the great look and imposing features of the mummy, these here are what make this one fun enough to hold over the flaws. The issue here is the fact that a vast majority of the film has an annoying and utterly irritating voice-over narration that is completely unnecessary as a whole. The voice-over tells us absolutely nothing important about what's going on since it merely describes the action playing out on-screen or shoots off a quick blurb following up on what was just learned which renders the exercise quite comical as well as irritating. Since it's carried on throughout the whole film, oftentimes just for a line or two, it's pointless needling on the story really gets old, and becomes a hindrance due to its continuation while it stayed only for the beginning this wouldn't be an issue. Likewise, the only other problematic issue is the overall cheap and quickie feeling to it as there's just not a whole lot here that denotes too much went into this, from the cheap look and cramped sets to the flimsy look of everything which makes this look incredibly cheap. That does tend to lower this one, although there's still plenty to like overall here.

Today's Rating/PG: Violence.

Reviewed by zee 4 / 10

Missed opportunity

I am predisposed to like 1950s B-movies. And this one had a lot of potential. It was basically the mummy story, set in the shadow of Vesuvius. Standard scientists and pretty girl who screams. There were two major flaws though. One was that the dialogue was full of exposition – "as you know, your specialty is… " And "as you know, you were once engaged to him." This is not only clumsy but easily remedied.

In a strange twist, this movie actually made me scream aloud – but not for the reasons that the filmmakers would have wished. It was the voice-over narration. The film begins with it … All well and good. And then it goes away for 12 or 15 minutes and the next time it came back it surprised me so much I literally screamed. And it was ludicrous: the shot was of the scientist looking concerned for his girlfriend and the narration said something like " he was concerned for his girlfriend." It is as if they didn't trust their own actors, who were actually conveying the emotions quite well.

The ending is very strange too. This could've been a solid seven star film for people like me who like old black-and-white horror and science fiction … But the two flaws were serious.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 3 / 10

Getting stoned in Pompeii

Curse Of The Faceless Man tells the story of a man encased in stone after the lava hit him at the destruction of Pompeii. He's been that way for almost 2000 years until an archaeological dig found him. But he's as dead as an unstaked vampire and he's carrying a 2000 year old itch that needs scratching.

I'm sure a lot of viewers spotted the parallels between this film and the classic Boris Karloff version of The Mummy. Both Karloff's Im Ho Tep and Quintillus Aurelius the gentleman caught in that lava flow are staking claim to a currently alive woman who is the reincarnated beloved of their ancient crushes.

The scientific explanations offered by Doctors Richard Anderson, Adele Mara, Luis Van Rooten, Felix Locher, and Gar Moore are really kind of sketchy. These players sure got nowhere near Naples on the budget this film had.

How did they destroy this man of stone? Here's a hint, he went the way of the Triffids.

Typical and cheap 50s science fiction.

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