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Classic Review: Eyes Without a Face (1960)

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I’ve gone through the Criterion Collection a few times, looking for movies that I haven’t yet seen. I remember seeing the cover for the 1960 atmospheric horror, Eyes Without a Face several times, however it has only been now that I’ve taken the quick hour and a half to watch.

A genius surgeon, Dr. Génessier (Pierre Brasseur) has attempted to transplant facial tissue from one person to another. His reason for doing so? His daughter was in a horrific car accident that left her face completely destroyed, with only her eyes intact. Several attempts have been made, and every time, each time ending the life of the facial “donor”. But soon a suspicious fiancee, a detective, and a innocent bystander try to get to the bottom of it all.

For showing barely any blood, being less than two hours, and not showing the deformed face clearly, Eyes Without a Face wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been. First off, the score is fantastic. It’s a eerie, haunted playground kind of sound that is just really unsettling. Secondly the plot, while not the most detailed, is certainly genius. It doesn’t hold up completely against today’s gore-fest, but it does deserve to be remember alongside them.

My Rating: B-

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