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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 home-made super-8 movies The common factor is death by some means.

Director:

John Alan Schwartz (as Conan Le Cilaire)

Writer:

John Alan Schwartz (as Alan Black)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Carr ... Dr. Francis B. Gröss
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samuel Berkowitz Samuel Berkowitz
Mary Ellen Brighton Mary Ellen Brighton ... Herself - Suicide Victim
Thomas Noguchi ... Himself - Chief Medical Examiner Coroner
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Gorgon Video

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

10 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Original Faces of Death See more »

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

F.O.D. Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The music heard during the slaughterhouse sequence early in the movie is "Anitra's Dance" from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 by Edvard Grieg. See more »

Goofs

A sign posted reads "Authurised entry only", it should say "Authorized entry only". See more »

Quotes

Dr. Francis B. Gröss: The only thing I question is their method of death. Whether or not the seal feels any pain is purely a matter of conjection. I am convinced that when these animals are herded together their instincts warn them of their final destiny. A warning would soon no longer matter as this island is transformed into a battleground of naked carcasses.
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Exiguous scenes within this motion picture have been reconstructed to document and further clarify their their factual origin. See more »

Alternate Versions

Home video versions added a recreation of a gas chamber execution which wasn't in the original theatrical print. Since film elements of this scene were unavailable for remastering in HD, the Blu-ray Disc includes this sequence as a stand-alone "deleted scene", taken from a VHS source. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Gesichter des Todes VI (1992) See more »

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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