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Faces of Death (1978)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Horror | 10 November 1978 (USA)
A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV material to homemade super 8 movies.

Director:

John Alan Schwartz (as Conan Le Cilaire)

Writer:

John Alan Schwartz (as Alan Black)
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Credited cast:
Michael Carr ... Dr. Francis B. Gröss
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samuel Berkowitz Samuel Berkowitz
Mary Ellen Brighton Mary Ellen Brighton ... Self - Suicide Victim
Thomas Noguchi ... Self - Chief Medical Examiner Coroner
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A 'mockumentary' hosted by Dr. Francis B. Gross, a coroner. He is trying to show you the different 'faces' of people while dying. There are faked scenes of people getting killed intermixed with footage of real accidents. There are executions by decapitation (in an unknown Arab country) and the electric chair. One scene shows a group of tourists in Egypt smashing a monkey's head while still alive and eating its brains. There are shots of animals eating people and Satanic orgies using dead bodies. There is a segment that deals with an alligator that accidentally entered 'residential' waters. The local warden goes in his boat to get the alligator back into the sea when he accidentally falls over and becomes gator bait. The film ends with newsreel footage of people jumping off buildings and major accidents. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Experience the graphic reality of DEATH, close-up... See more »


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Trivia

As a foreign language film, this was considered to be the third-grossing film in Hong Kong box office prior 1980, right behind John Carpenter's The Fog (1980), which was coincidentally the first-grossing foreign language film, and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), the second-grossing foreign language film. See more »

Goofs

The narrator refers to "the country of Africa". Africa is a continent. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Francis B. Gröss: Strapped to a seat that you will never leave alive is a situation that I still cannot justify. A man on death row is in a continuous battle with time and byrocracy. When both fallen to the proper alignment the condemned knows that death will be the result. During the final preparations those of us watching this man could feel the fear being transmitted from his body. Even though he had commited an inexcuseable crime I began to wonder if two wrongs really make a right.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the film, the credits say "Special thanks to the mummies of Guanajuato, Mexico" See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2003, the BBFC passed a less cut version, removing 2m 19s of animal cruelty ("to sight of fighting dogs and monkey being cruelly beaten to death"). They later issued a more detailed description of the cuts, stating that the dogfight had been completely removed but the monkey scene had been edited rather than completely cut. The brain-eating scene had been left in the movie, owing to the head being an obviously fake rubber one, and the main edits were to the shots of the clamped monkey as "It seems entirely possible that the head bashing was done with rubber hammers and the monkey came to no harm. However, the monkey was clearly - at least in the short term - restricted in a cage/head clamp and terrified and this is prohibited by law". See more »

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Soundtracks

Jesus Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Music by Gene Kauer
Lyrics by Richard McAndrews and Robert C. Wayne
Sung by Robert C. Wayne
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Mostly fake; you could do better
3 February 2001 | by pmsusanaSee all my reviews

It's really ironic that of all the "shockumentaries" that have turned up on video in recent years the "Faces of Death" series has attracted the most attention (positive and negative), since so much of its "shocking" footage is blatantly phoney. Those with an interest in authentic death and atrocity footage would do better to check out the "Death Scenes" series (3 volumes), "Inhumanities 2" or the British documentary "Executions". (An editorial aside here, since I'm frequently asked why I watch such material: While I wouldn't say that such films are fun or enjoyable to watch, I make myself watch them occasionally to remind myself not to take the best things in life - or life itself, for that matter - for granted.)


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Release Date:

10 November 1978 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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F.O.D. Productions See more »
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