"Curse of the Faceless Man (1958, MGM Limited Editon Collection)" Review

Synopsis: Archeologists excavating the ruins of Pompeii discover what seems to be a perfectly preserved human figure, encased in lava. A scientific team led by Dr. Paul Mallon (Richard Anderson) begins to piece together the history and identity of the stone figure. Using surviving records from the city and the location where the figure was found as a starting point, the archeologists uncover the story of Quintilus, an Etruscan gladiator-slave who was tortured and sentenced to death for daring to love a noblewoman.

Review: During the decade that I refer to as the "golden age of creature features"there was a ton of B-movie horror films being made on very low budgets and that would usually show with another feature and the film we have here today for review is very much one of them! What you get with this film is what you could expect from this era of horror films, a very basic plot almost non-existent plot, a monster/creature of some type, and a whole bunch of cheesy fun. Now even though I wouldn't consider this to be a great film I will definitely say that this film was alot of fun. It does have alot of short comings and will bore you to death if you are not into films like this because it basically goes like this, faceless man gets up cases someone very slowly kills them and then we go back to people talking and the film goes on like this until the end.
Personally I enjoyed it on a different level than most people will. Now if you are someone who is wanting to explore the 50's creature feature genre than I will have to tell you to stay away from this one at first because it may kill your interest in checking out more of the genre, but go back to it later on down the line. The only thing that I honestly did not like about the film was the overly predictable plot and the pacing because this film is only 66 minutes long but it feels way longer than that. Despite those downfalls I really enjoyed the cheaply done monster costume as well as the acting. Now don't expect a big cast or even great acting because you won't get it on this one!
Overall this was a cheesy good time that I will definitely be watching from time to time and can only really recommend to hardcore fans of the genre!

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Genre: Horror/ Creature Feature
DVD Release Year: 2011
Theatrical Release Year: 1958
Time Length: 66 mins.
Company: MGM Home Entertainment
Website: www.mgm.com