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Fiend Without a Face, a review by Danae Cassandra

Fiend Without a Face
Year of Release:  1958
Directed By:  Arthur Crabtree
Starring:  Marshall Thompson, Terry Kilburn, Kim Parker, Kynaston Reeves
Rating:  Not Rated

A scientist's thoughts materialize as an army of invisible brain-shaped monsters (complete with spinal-cord tails!) who terrorize an American military base in this nightmarish chiller, directed by Arthur Crabtree (Horrors of the Black Museum). This outstanding sci-fi/horror hybrid is a special effects bonanza, and a high-water mark in British genre filmmaking.

My Thoughts:
What a fun little horror film!  So obviously a B-movie, but also so well done for a B film.  I loved their choice to keep the monster invisible for most of the picture.  I think it really added to the terror of them.  The cast was good, the camera work effective, the sound guy obviously having a great time with the fiend's noise.  It's a 50's film set on a military base, so there's naturally a nod to keeping an eye on the Russians.  Also there's the not-subtle-at-all fear of atomic power and science run amok.  But that's what makes a good 50's monster movie!  If you like these sorts of films, this is highly recommended.

Also, who wants to bet Gary Gygax saw this film?  The fiend is so obviously the inspiration for the intellect devourer. 

Bechdel Test:  Fail

Overall:  3.5/5

(From Danae's 2012 Horror on October 4th, 2012)

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Vertigo, a review by GSyren

TitleVertigo (5-050582-958317)
DirectorAlfred Hitchcock
ActorsJames Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones
Produced1958 in United States
Runtime128 minutes
AudioJapanese DTS 5.1, English DTS 5.1, French DTS 2-Channel Stereo, Italian DTS 2-Channel Stereo, German DTS 2-Channel Stereo, Spanish DTS 2-Channel Stereo, Commentary Dolby Digital Mono
SubtitlesChinese, Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Icelandic
OverviewJames Stewart and Kim Novak light up the screen in this spellblinding classic of deception and betrayal. Scottie Ferguson (Stewart), a recently retired detective, is hired to shadow a friend's tragically suicidal wife, Madeleine Elster (Novak). After he saves her from drowning in the San Franscisco Bay, Scottie's interest in the beautiful but icy blonde shifts from business to romance. But when tragedy strikes again, Scottie must overcome the vertigo that haunts his dreams in order to unravel the secrets of the past and find the key to his future.
My thoughtsOk, this is a good movie. I promised myself to watch one before going on with the Friday the 13th North by Northwest better. But hey, this is a great movie.

There are two great females in this movie, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes. I was never a fan of Dallas, so for me this is the one I remember Barbara Bel Geddes for. This and The Five Pennies. And maybe Panic in the Streets. Kim Novak is quite good, but I rather prefer her in lighter roles, like Bell, Book and Candle or Kiss Me, StupidPsycho
My rating4.5 out of 5

(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on October 11th, 2013)

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Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews, a review by Tom

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
5.06 Trials and Tribble-ations
WriterDirector: Jonathan West
Cast: Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko), Rene Auberjonois (Odo), Michael Dorn (Lt. Commander Worf), Terry Farrell (Lt. Commander Dax), Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko), Colm Meaney (Chief O'Brien), Armin Shimerman (Quark), Alexander Siddig (Doctor Bashir), Nana Visitor (Major Kira), Jack Blessing (Dulmur), James W. Jansen (Lucsly), Charlie Brill (Arne Darvin), Leslie Ackerman (Waitress), Charles S. Chun (Engineer), Deirdre L. Imershein (Lieutenant Watley), Actors Appearing in the original Star Trek episode), * William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk), * Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), * DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), * James Doohan (Scott), * Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), * Walter Koenig (Chekov), * Stanley Adams (Cyrano Jones), * Paul Baxley (Ensign Freeman), * Whit Bissell (Lurry), * Charlie Brill (Arne Darvin), * Michael Pataki (Korax), * Guy Raymond (Trader), * David Ross (Guard), * William Schallert (Nilz Baris)

A really fun episode. It doesn't take itself seriously and just uses the premise of the DS9 crew meeting up with Kirk's Enterprise to great effect. A great way celebrating the 30th anniversary of Star Trek.


(From Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews on November 17th, 2011)