Movies that are slightly off.
Faces of Death
Banned in 46 Countries!
A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV-material to home-made super-8 movies. The common factor is death by some means.
This film has a weird sort of mystique for me, one I am sure many of you are familiar with if not for this film then for others like it, which is to say, films with cult status and intriguing VHS boxes that sat low on the shelf at the video store. Never got to rent this as a kid, so its mystique is entirely nostalgic, and I'm unfortunately unable to go into this assuming it was real. That suspension of disbelief would have been gut-churning, disturbing, and amazing, the sort of transgressive experience i find myself gravitating toward despite my intellectual reservations.
Regardless of the film's authenticity, it's... well, gross. Gory. Disgusting. The animal abuse is awful, uncalled for,…
A fascinating idea, poorly executed. I really don't know what rating I would give this film, so for now, I am going to refrain from rating it altogether. The inclusion of simulated scenes seems to remove any depth or insight that the authentic scenes might have had. At times, affecting, and at times, unintentionally hilarious, but overall, simply disappointing.
The worthy Dr. Francis B. Gröss (really actor Michael Carr) takes us on a trip through death to stare into its many (sometimes real, sometimes most certainly not) faces....
One of the most famous, indeed infamous, 'Video Nasties' (films on VHS deemed to repulsive for delicate British minds, so were banned from sale or rental in the UK in the 80‘s) "Faces of Death" is also one of those films caught up in the chaos that was never actually released uncut on VHS in the UK, like "The Evil Dead" and "Cannibal Holocaust" etc.
But there was enough gruesome Mondo atrocity, slapdash staged gore deaths and real (or cruelly staged) animal snuff left to see the film become one of…
Yes, I'm a sick person. I have a soft spot for this film and find myself going back to it every couple of years and frequently writing stuff about it, even ending up being quoted on the Swedish DVD release.
I guess it's all to do with the obvious fascination of death, life's frailty and later the fact that the most of the film was all fake, staged for shock value. Something I, like many of my fellow fiends of genre, where completely obvious to the first time we saw the film.
As the story goes, filmmaker Conan LeClair (real name John Alan Schwartz) was approached by some Japanese distributors with the idea for an animal oriented mondo style documentary.…
Haven't seen this since I was a kid. I remember getting a hold of a copy of this and part 2 and staying up late with a friend to watch. It was pretty shocking at the time, but watching it now, I can see how fake it all is. Even if it was real, it's just not a very well put together movie. It's actually rather dull most of the time. I did laugh out loud during the police shoot out scene. All the cops are of course wearing the stereotypical mirrored glasses. One cop runs across the screen shooting at the bad guy and stops to fix his glasses as they slide off his face. I think if somebody was shooting at me, my glasses would be the least of my concern.
Faces of death is lame and nasty, real and fake, controversial and dated, deep and shallow. Faces of Death is a mixed bag of qualities and defects, and ends up being a tremendously bad and varied documentary that treats death in several ways.
50% of the footage is real, whereas the other 50% has been proven staged and fake. This film goes from Mexico (Las Momias de Guanajuato) to Africa, from the Amazon to Southeast Asia, from hospitals, prisons and morgues to slaughterhouses.
John Alan Schwartz (aka Conan Le Cilaire as a director, aka Alan Black as a writer [lol]) directs a half fake, controversial and undeniably graphic and disturbing shockumentary that easily enters into the mondo genre.
Fancy some monkey brains? How about witnessing a flesh eating cult? Faces of death was clearly ahead of its time all the way back in 1978, but sadly these days given what the Internet has exposed us to, or desensitised us to? Violent viral videos, images on the news of war, death and destruction, we see death or have death shoved in our face everyday, so that has dated Faces of death remarkably. You can admire the highly original concept director Conan LeCilaire had in mind however. The movie is broken up into segments and depicts various murders and (as the title suggests) death. It's held together by a "documentary" style and a narration by Michael Carr. It's not a…
I remember my dad renting this from the video store when I was a kid and me pretending to play with my action figures while sneaking glances at the screen. Certain scenes -- monkey brains as hors d'oeuvres, especially -- have stuck with me all these years. Having finally watched Faces of Death in its entirety, it's blatantly obvious that much of the "shocking real footage" is cheaply staged and laughably fake. The authentic footage is disturbing, especially the creepy autopsy stuff and the barbaric cruelty of the animal-related scenes, but the potency of those scenes is partially sapped by the artificiality of the rest of the film and its corny presentation.
Considering how easy it is to find graphic,…
I went to a fucked up nightclub in japan where they projected this onto the wall. It took me until now to watch it on my own though. Would highly recommend not eating beef jerky during it like i did. Btw this is the perfect mondo.
>Dr Gröss comments on how tragic a death is
>Silly music playing in the background
BRAVO JOHN ALLAN SCHWARTZ
Faces Of Death das Original und die wahrscheinlich bekannteste der vielen Pseudo/Mondo- Dokus die noch 6 Fortsetzungen nach sich zog die in ihrer Qualität doch teilweise sehr stark schwanken. Hierbei ist anzumerken ,dass Teil 5 & 6 eigentlich nur Best-Ofs der vorigen Teile sind.
Zum Film: Dieser hat mich doch sehr überrascht als ich ihn vor ein paar Wochen das erste Mal sah. Es geht um einen vermeintlichen Arzt der um die Welt gereist ist um die vielen Gesichter des Todes zu filmen. Diese Aufnahmen werden dann gezeigt während der "Arzt" seinen Kommentar dazu abgibt. Nicht alles gezeigt ist echt wie bspw. das Essen des Affenhirns, jedoch sind die echten Szenen wie z.B. Aufnahmen aus einem Schlachthaus oder während einer Autopsie…
This heavily staged documentary promises to shock its audience with its graphic content, but gets the most shocking material out of the way within the first five minutes and meanders its way through vague "this is how some people die" clips that range in the effectiveness of their editing and effects from "very realistic" to "ah, yeah, I can see the strings there." In a day and age where graphic content is as publicly accessible as the internet and cable tv, this film has aged poorly.
This is extremely graphic and fun to watch if you like a documentary about death. The film shows many things like a rabbit being skinned and a venison killing factory. It tells historical stories. However, the accuracy is not entirely there, but it is entertaining.
As a teenager, hungry to rent as many VHS tapes as possible, I passed by the Faces of Death series several times before learning what they were. Morbidly curious, I eventually rented several of them. I knew at the time that a lot of this was staged (because of how it was shot and edited, not because I had facts backing this up), so it didn't phase me much. In fact, I seem to recall being bored.
Fast forward to today, watching it as part of my "Video Nasties" endurance marathon. Ugh.
We begin with "Dr Gross" telling us that he thinks about death a lot. Then the audience is subjected to shots of animals being slaughtered and several sequences…
Well, I finally got this one taken care of and it wasn't nearly as shocking as I'd expected. Though knowing that most of it was faked didn't help.
Seeing as it has been seen by and impacted so many people I thought it would be a good idea to see, at least for the sake of better understanding you and/or the people of your planet.
recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff