Faces of Death
Directed by Conan LeCilaire
This notorious cult "documentary" claims to show real footage of horrifying deaths of every shape and size, including animal attacks, wartime deaths, crashes and brutal murders. Is it real or faked? Google can give you the answer, but why spoil the fun? After its release in 1978, FACES OF DEATH became one of the most popular cult horror videos in history, and watching it became a rite of passage for young horror fans who had to sneak the tape past their parents. Invite your friends over, fry up a big bowl of monkey brains, and prepare to cover your eyes. Contains violence and gore.
This notorious cult doc claims to show real footage of horrifying deaths.
Cast: Michael Carr, Thomas Noguchi
OMGoodness...! Re-living my adolescence through this myopic pseudo-carnage (in most cases.. ;) was an absolute thrill... (sick, yes, but hey, in 78, I was 11, and still kill-proof, and my buddies & I watched this tape MANY times...). Twisted, Gross, Contrived, Sensationalist and Gratuitous (Obviously)... If you're looking for 'meaningful' fare, well... Why have you subscribed to SHUDDER? ;) For those of us that live for the schlock - this one may fall far short of satisfying for folks under 30(?) who aren't into 'retro', but for us 'old-timers', it's Pure Nostalgia... I got to talk with John Schwartz (excuse me, Conan Le Cilaire ;) a few years ago, and couldn't help asking the obvious questions - he's a good sport, and this movie is exploitation at it's pre-80's pinnacle... If you're into that sort of thing (which I clearly am), it is FOR YOU... If you're looking for profundity, may I suggest Profondo Rosso? ;)
If you’re a sick person who likes animal cruelty then this crap is for you.
A good atmospheric piece that I still find enjoyable decades later. If you've never heard of this movie and you're not squeemish or easily offended then I highly recommend watching it especially if you can approach the viewing experience without having previously been influenced by the opinions of others or the series own infamy.