Perhaps the best example of the slow-burn pace that you can find in a horror film. It's also maybe the best holocaust film that has nothing to do with the subject as it seems to be inspired by the tales of the operations that occurred in those camps. Though that could just be Godwin's Law for all I know. Either way, it's second only to Clayton's THE INNOCENTS as my favorite horror film (Shit's all over the SHINING).
Georges Franju's chilling horror classic about a mad surgeon who removes the faces of young women in an attempt to replace the scarred face of his cloistered daughter whose death he fakes to cover up one of his murders. Horrifying in its detail, EYES WITHOUT A FACE is an unnerving serial killer film with a remarkable central performance. Never has a blank mask been so eerily expressive.
The score fluctuates between being silly and inappropriate to being dreamy and creepy. When it is the latter it lends the film a fairy tale quality. The face removal scene and subsequent face deterioration sequence are fantastic. And that ending is bizarre without seeming to try hard to be. The weakest point of the film is the utterly useless police force, worse than useless they are morally reprehensible. 4/5
@Dalia: I completely agree! This is an absolutely beautiful horror movie. Georges Franju is a very talented filmmaker; his work is very moving. On the Criterion DVD for this film, there's also a short documentary of his about French slaughterhouses and it made me cry (and that's not the sort of thing that would usually bring me to tears).
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Christiane was hypnotically frightening to the point where I was almost just waiting for her scenes. The facial surgery scene was gruesome as hell. I don't like Eyes Without a Face as much as I initially did but its still a great movie. I think the wholesale tragedy at the end (Louise especially for some reason) make it for me. The image of ghostliness wandering into the dark helped too.
Despite of its plotholes (i.e using dogs as test subjects, not sure if their genes are anywhere near humans,etc), I pretty much enjoy the story, it's way out of its time. very well shot&directed. The atmosphere, the daughter is so strange and creepy..And woa..the ending..rreeaaallyy fascinates me!