The Eyes Without A Face (1960)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5

Original title:  Les Yeux Sans Visage

France/Italy, 1960.  , .  Screenplay by , , , , dialogue by , based on the novel by Jean Redon.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Georges Franju’s horror classic is an influential precursor to Face/Off. After a young woman damages her face in an auto accident (with no harm done to her eyes), her mad scientist father (good coincidence!) fashions her a mask until he can find another way to help her. He and his faithful assistant () kidnap young women from the nearby town and surgically remove their faces in order to try and put them on the young girl’s. Creepy imagery and a fantastic climax are a plus in this chilling film.

The Criterion Collection:  #260

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