Curse of the Faceless Man (1958)

Curse of the Faceless Man (1958) movie poster

director Edward L. Cahn
viewed: 09/18/2015

Curse of the Faceless Man is an unusual variation on The Mummy (1932) films.  Instead of a mummy, we’ve got the body of an Etruscan entombed in the ashes of Mt. Vesuvius in the fall of Pompeii.  Otherwise, the tropes of the genre are more or less intact.  A doomed lover from ancient times brought back to life (or was he ever really dead?) and sees in the visage of a young woman, his perished love of long ago.  And he kills people.

Clocking at 67 minutes, it might not be the butcher’s best cut, but it’s essentially all meat.  The film moves along at a fair clip, though part of this might be enabled by the almost incessant voice-over narration of the story, telling the background and filling in gaps throughout.  It’s quite clunky.

Still, it’s kind of entertaining.

Edward L. Cahn may not be a household name, even in circles of horror film fans, but among many other films, he directed Creature with the Atom Brain (1955), The She-Creature (1956), Voodoo Woman (1957) Zombies of Mora Tau (1957), Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957),  and It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958).

The remains of Pompeii are indeed evocative.  It’s funny that someone saw the opportunity to make a horror film out of them.

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