Curse of the Faceless Man


In the excavation site scientists uncover the body of a gladiator from the ruins of Pompeii, a stone-encrusted body is found with a bronze medallion bearing a strange Etruscan inscription. Carlo Fiorillo, Italian archaeologist, speculates the robust body may hold some life; medical researcher Paul Mallon scoffs at the idea. But people left alone with the seemingly petrified "faceless man" keep dying of crushed skulls; and Paul's artist fiance Tina starts having strange visions... (official distributor synopsis)


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English A shameless copy of Karloff's The Mummy, with the added value of swapping Egypt for ancient Greek Pompeii and a lava-covered walking zombie with its own name and history. He is the Etruscan slave gladiator Quintilus, who also lusts for a woman and whose unfulfilled relationship with her has been his curse for centuries. The boys blew it here, I wouldn't have been so strict. It's a Ctrl+C - Ctrl+V rip-off, but it's got likeable actors who don't overact exceptionally, nice seaside locations, and Quintilus hilariously smashes doors with his fist and gives knockouts like Mike Tyson. Let's be forgiving, Edward L. Cahn rode the vogue in the 1950s for "the better, quite workmanlike mass production." ()

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