Faces Of Death

"Weak"

Faces Of Death Review


It's back to the slaughterhouse, the operating room, the autopsy table, and the electric chair for some of the most gruesome, foul, disgusting, and often-faked collection of "death scenes" ever put together.

Not quite a snuff film, Faces of Death -- and its five sequels -- is a supposed documentary but has often faced accusations of being nothing but a sham, courtesy of some clever Japanese fans of low-budget gore. Now collected in one of the most disturbing box sets ever, the first four FoD movies along with the 1999 documentary Faces of Death: Fact or Fiction? and The Worst of Faces of Death (exactly what you expect it is), this seven-hour collection is the definitive shock-cinema set for every teenage boy who hustled his way to the video store the day he turned 17 (or old enough to look 17) in the hopes he could scar his brain forever with this junk. Consistently awful yet bizarrely compelling, its narration by "Dr. Francis B.Gröss," actually Michael Carr, harkens back to the narration on a fourth-grade filmstrip.

Indeed, it's just as stomach-turning today as it ever was, and after seven hours of baby seal clubbings, Cambodian lepers, car wrecks, PCP junkies, tiger attacks, and even a drawing-and-quartering, I can safely say "I've seen it all." the Fact or Fiction? interview is amusing in its own right, with director Conan le Cilaire (who looks like a truck driver, hidden in shadow and with an altered voice, presumably to protect his identity, presumably people are desperately searching for him) finally admitting that certain scenes -- namely those including the eating of animals -- are "simulated."

Whew! At least now I can sleep.



Faces Of Death

Facts and Figures

Run time: 105 mins

In Theaters: Friday 10th November 1978

Production compaines: F.O.D. Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

IMDB: 3.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Conan le Cilaire

Producer: Peter B. Good, Rosilyn T. Scott

Starring: as Dr. Francis B. Gröss, Samuel Berkowitz as Himself; Cryogenics patient, Mary Ellen Brighton as Herself; suicide victim shown jumping out of a window, John Alan Schwartz as Leader of Flesh Eating Cult (uncredited), as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited), Thomas Noguchi as Himself

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