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. —The Criterion Collection
A cinematographer turned director, Arthur Crabtree enjoyed a decade and a half as a successful filmmaker, most of his best work in the fields of melodrama, thrillers, and chillers. Born in 1900, he entered the movie business at British International Pictures in the early 1930s, where his work behind the camera was restricted to ultra-low-budget quota quickies, including the Michael Powell-directed The Love Test (1935). At Gainsborough Studios from 1936, he developed a reputation as a fast, very efficient lighting cameraman, and most of his work across the end of the 1930s and the early 1940s was confined to the company’s bread-and-butter pictures, such as the Will Hay comedies, all movies that were immensely popular in England and guaranteed profit-producers, but hardly the kind of films to give a photographer opportunities for notable quality or inventiveness. By the mid-‘40s, however, amid the exigencies of the Second World War, he had moved up to the studio’s front ranks with a run… read more
Shot in 1958 like the bad and infamous BLOB, FIEND WITHOUT A FACE is a pure little marvel in black & white. Actors are surprisingly good for a low-budget movie, the screenplay, smarter than one could think at first, handles environmental themes as well as the fear of the red menace and the atomic science. The musical score and the sound effects are also great, the special effects touching and the whole movie leaves a pleasant aftertaste of professionalism in the mouth. A DVD zone real cult movies.
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