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FACELESS
1987 / Horror
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Directed by Jesús Franco
Written by René Chateau
Starring Helmut Berger, Brigitte Lahaie, Telly Savalas, Caroline Munro, Christiane Jean, Christopher Mitchum and Howard Vernon

When model disappears in France, her father's private detective traces her steps to a private plastic surgery clinic run by Dr. Flamand, who is performing experiments to save his disfigured sister's face.

The following tags are associated with this movie: Slasher, Remake
Faceless (1987)
Review by Michael Mahoney

8 / 10
To be honest, I’ve not seen that many Jesús Franco flicks. Off the top of my head, The Bloody Judge and Oasis of the Zombies are the only others of him I’ve seen. Not that I have anything against Franco - I’ve heard pretty mixed things about his work, but plenty of it sounds interesting. All of this is to say that I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going into this one, but I certainly wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did.

Sure, the gore here is definitely good, and I’ll touch on that in a bit, but the story was surprisingly solid, sympathetic to both sides of the violence. Things went a bit deeper than I’d have expected, and on a whole, it was a nice surprise.

As far as performances go, the only one that really stood out was Helmut Berger. Gérard Zalcberg was pretty solid as a degenerate rapist and murderer, to be sure, but Berger is by far the most memorable. It’s not as though we’re inundated with bad performances, though - most people here do perfectly fine.

The gore within Faceless is most paramount, though. It’s just fantastic - the most brutal scene is a botched removal of a face (utterly sickening, but it really does it’s job), but even the successful facial removal is gruesome (especially given the victim is still alive, and taunted with their own face in sociopathic fashion). You also have a decapitation by chainsaw, a stab through the throat by some scissors, a needle stab in the eye, some power drill and hook action, all the goodies. This movie came to play, and play it did.

Even without the great gore, there were some really suspenseful scenes here. In one, a victim was just about to make herself known to someone searching for her, but last second, she’s dragged into another room and all hope vanishes. Speaking of vanishing hope, the conclusion here is a lot darker than I’d have initially expected. Talk about a dreary finale.

Faceless isn’t the most amazing Italian movie of the late 1980’s, nor do I suspect it’ll be the most memorable as the days move on, but it was a surprisingly solid time, and I’d certainly recommend it to fans of the genre. 7.5/10 (rounded up to 8/10 to fit site’s format).
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