Fiend Without A Face (1958)

Mike / October 6th, 2010

Fiend Without A Face (1958)


  • Liam Gauci

    October 6, 2010 at 3:06 am

    lol, another one to add to my list of “must haves”

  • skinnyluigi

    October 6, 2010 at 3:07 am

    I can’t be the only one downloading every single one of these movies am I?

  • Crowbar

    October 6, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Mad scientists, killer brains and zombies all in one movie? Doesn’t sound too bad 😀

  • Attack of the n00b

    October 6, 2010 at 3:09 am

    I Heart Monster Madness

  • TehJedicake

    October 6, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Epic stuff as usual, on a side note, I’m really loving these intros by other people 😀

  • hitcher82

    October 6, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Thanks for the reviews james you always introduce me to great movies that i have never heard of before. i found return of the vampire at the store for 5 bucks the same day you posted it. now i must find this one too

  • xdeathknightx

    October 6, 2010 at 3:36 am

    This one looks to be pretty awesome. They really need to open a store in the netherlands that carries all these movies.

  • RocketeerRaccoon

    October 6, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Awesome movie, this is a good one indeed. =)

  • burvix

    October 6, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Fan versions of monster madness theme voices have been great so far. This one especially is unbelievably good.

  • October 6, 2010 at 4:35 am

    Haha! I saw this at a “Odd Old Movie Party” with my friends and was so excited when i saw Fiend without a Fac e as you review today! This was awesome!

  • stone_roses

    October 6, 2010 at 5:15 am

    This is maybe the first movie from this years Monster Madness that could be watchable :D.

    Good work James.

  • slasherfan

    October 6, 2010 at 5:21 am

    When i first saw this review i instantly thought of the floating killer brains from futurama

  • cloud41269

    October 6, 2010 at 5:35 am

    theres talks about a remake

  • October 6, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Fiend without a face, the title alone is brilliant, how he works this hard I can only imagine, does he ever sleep? another piece of brilliant work James, we love you

  • Bender

    October 6, 2010 at 6:20 am

    I watched this movie a few months ago,I enjoyed it,great review as usual.

  • horrorfanboy

    October 6, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Awesome! Totally Awesome! Definitley checking this one out.

    Anybody seen Joe Dante’s “Looney Tunes: Back in Action”? The movie referenced both “Fiend Without A Face” and “Robot Monster” as well as other B-movies.

  • October 6, 2010 at 6:24 am

    gods dont sleep lol

  • Overlookers

    October 6, 2010 at 6:49 am

    “of course we know all, for we are giant brains”
    FRY: im still gonna wump your ass!
    “we’ve long since evolved for the need for asses”

    Futurama rocks, as does invisible zombie-making vampire brains as does this fucking review.

  • rogercormenn

    October 6, 2010 at 7:26 am

    wheres the new avgn vid

  • October 6, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Man, with my game review, game show, PLAYING the games, watching this, doing school, and STILL watching the Godzilla movies, I don’t have a lot of time to download and watch these. This one actually looks pretty cool, so it sucks that I don’t have the time to watch it.

  • Ed Sigma

    October 6, 2010 at 7:40 am

    This one’s a guilty pleasure of mine too; my favourite fun fact about this one is that, given it was a British production, the gore levels of the final scene lead to questions being asked in Parliament about the film’s release and distribution! That’s right, a killer brain movie was once seriously discussed in Parliament! Of course the controversy surrounding this was the best publicity the distributors could hope for!

    Also, isn’t the final scene kind of like an odd prelude to “Night of the Living Dead”, with the monsters only being stopped by shooting them in the brain (naturally!)?

  • October 6, 2010 at 8:15 am

    the spiders things in alien remind me a lot to these brains

  • serialkillercalendar

    October 6, 2010 at 8:22 am

    This is James Gilks (owner of I have to say that Monster Madness is something I wait for all year! Am I the only one that thinks James should make this in to a year round segment? I would love to see at least one new Monster Madness review a month. Thanks for all the great work bud. If you ever want any free morbid merch from, just shoot me an email and I will gladly mail you out a ton of gory goodies as a big thank you for making my October so much fun. 🙂

  • Nathan B

    October 6, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Oh Baby! That gurggling and blood spurting out of those brains is something else! haha.

    I love the new approach on Monster Madness. Thanks for doing it once again!! IT’s INCREDIBLE!!!!

  • sutekh22

    October 6, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Great video James. Richard Gordon, the producer, is a regular at Monster Bash. He also did tons of other horror films. He’s told people he thinks his movie was less gory than stuff like Horror of Dracula. I can’t agree with that, but it’s because the gore is happening to something clearly not human in any way that the censors probably let it go. He also tells great stories of trying (and failing) to sneak into theaters in Britain in the 30’s to see the classics.

    And yeah a monthly monster madness video would be great. Don’t know how hard they are to make compared to your other work though, and I know you’re swamped as is.

  • Lagmaster

    October 6, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I think doing one monster madness vid every month isn’t a good idea, it takes away the meaning. It should stay as something special, done only once a year.

  • WatchmenFTW

    October 6, 2010 at 10:24 am

    This movie looks awesome. I thought that the brains would mind control people not strangle them. But still, they look bad ass.
    The stop motion effects look good to.

  • cwalrus23

    October 6, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Great video. Between this year’s Monster Madness and all the ones from previous years, I’ve really learned alot about horror movies from James when I already thought I knew so much.

    As for the suggestion of doing Monster Madness videos every month, I have to agree that it’s probably best saved for October since it works so much better as a build up during Halloween. Plus, james already does a lot of film reviews during the year and adding another thing to it might be asking too much. Besides, I enjoy all of James’ videos so I’m sure there will be something else just as fun to watch. His other regular film reviews are just as good. I actually enjoy his film reviews and short films more than the AVGN stuff, but that’s just my own personal opinion.

  • Bonus

    October 6, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Reminds me of “Island of Terror”. That movie scared the shit out of me back then…

  • October 6, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Nice one! Looks like a good one, ought to check it out.
    Heeeey, I saw Troll 2 in the opening credits. I was just thinking about it before watching the video… weird…
    Hope you review that one, it’s great!

  • Pete09

    October 6, 2010 at 11:43 am

    one of those brains got away in the end and around the mid-late 80s, after a period of exile, built the motherfucking Technodrome!!!!

  • October 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    The Misfits did a great song by the same name. “Fiend Without a Face”.

  • October 6, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    BTW, great legs on the poster here, ah?

  • SpotXSpot

    October 6, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    The brain creatures look vaguely like the Mi-Go from Lovecraftian mythos…

  • cobaltnightsky

    October 6, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    the spurt sound reminds me Bad Taste :]

    great review, as always, thanks James

  • Mr. Simon

    October 6, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I saw this one about a year ago and I hoped you would would show it sometime and here it is, I was thrilled. It is indeed a good 50’s sci-fi movie and you can’t go wrong with killer brains. You should perhaps do a sci-fi theme next year, mostly cause I would like to see Trollenberg terror up there.

    Great stuff!

  • AxBunny

    October 6, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    James, I gotta know something. Do you know of a punk band called The Misfits? Most of their songs are directly inspired by old horror movies, I think they’re from the same area as you, and you’ve mentioned many movies they’ve gotten their song titles from including this one.

    If not you should check them out. I think you’d like.

  • sutekh22

    October 6, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Island of Terror was also produced by Richard Gordon, so probably not a coincidence. He also did Haunted Strangler, Corridors of Blood, First Man into Space, Horror Hospital, The Projected Man and others. His brother Alex wrote Bride of the Monster.

  • Monstermash

    October 6, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Where are the Return of the living dead zombies when you need them,lol. This looks like a very good classic horror flick. I give your review a five out five. *****

  • Cornbeef

    October 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Lol gotta love the 50’s Neclear this nuclear that.
    Nuclear explosion, Nuclear Radiation
    propaganda at its best.
    Kick ass review enjoyed 5*****

    look foward to tommrows Monster Madness

  • October 6, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    another awesome video. your fans appreciate all your hard work james!!

  • ChopsticksOnFire

    October 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I just bought this movie on DVD for £1 along with a whole bunch of old horror sci-fi flicks, now I’m definitely gonna check it out!

  • kinichahau

    October 6, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I love the sound effects. They are creepy.

  • mamopo360

    October 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    loved the “too lazy to turn a page” comment…. priceless

  • scioneon

    October 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Hmm I’ll have to see if this movie is at my video store now.

  • Otaku4Life

    October 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Don’t forget about “They Saved Hitler’s Brain”, too.

  • October 6, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Has anyone used the “a mind is a terrible thing to waste” line yet?

    Fuck it. I’ll go with “an unattached brain is a terrible thing to waste… unless you waste it with an ax, then it’s kinda cool.”

  • Matiaxx89

    October 6, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Futurama made a tribute to this movie 😀 Funny as shit.

  • greenslime72

    October 6, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Got it in my collection ///////// great movie 🙂

  • apeman505

    October 6, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I thought to myself yesterday, “there’s no way he’s doing Fiend Without a Face, that’d be too big a coincidence!”

    I haven’t watched this one in a long time, but it’s another favorite alongside From Hell it Came. I love the part when the brain grabs the one guy and he just reaches up and throws it on the ground like it’s alive.

  • Koga

    October 6, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    This actually looks like a good film, I think I’ll watch it.

  • Attack of the n00b

    October 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I would never watch this piece of shit

  • October 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    atlast one decent movie.
    exellent mobster madness review always james. ;D

  • suolperos

    October 6, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    HAHA! I’ve always loved this movie. My dad’s penchant for B movies would lead him to taping them off of Sci-Fi Channel when they came on. This one made it to our collection.
    Stop motion is always so much fun to watch 🙂 I wish it was used more often than it is today.. it’s this kind of quality that separates gems like this from bullpies like that From Hell It Came crap. The idea of a demon tree isn’t actually a bad idea – there’s a lot that could be done with that concept if you imagine it. The directors of this movie were real creative and were obviously enjoying themselves when they made it.
    You know, this and the last movie on this list both reminded me distinctly of HP Lovecraft – I have yet to see a truly good HP Lovecraft-based movie..

  • October 6, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    nice! never even heard of this one. Gunna have to go look it up now.

  • Xale Manix

    October 6, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I simply have to make my sci-fi/scientist retort to your “laziness” comment. Technically, he was starting small. Today, turning the pages of a book. Tomorrow, a powerful source of infinite energy simply from the power of thought. or, if you’re a pessimist, a new weapon of stealth warfare capable of erasing the memories of those he or she comes into contact with, effectively creating a faceless man.

  • avgnfan96

    October 6, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    good review James

  • skaalerud91

    October 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I found it here:

    It is awesome!

  • October 6, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Hmmm… the origin of the brain beasts reminds me of the Krel’s Id monsters from “Forbidden Planet”. Trying to unlock the power of the mind, moving on to the creation of matter by pure thought, accidentally unleashing invisible killer creatures who are only visible at the end of the movie… it’s essentially the same story, only without the Shakespearian overtones.

  • October 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I like the special defects! 😀

  • Cinesoda

    October 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Great videos James. Great videos.

  • disco steve

    October 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Let me see if I get this straight:

    Scientist creates telekinesis machine.

    Machine malfunctions and turns his thoughts into energy constructs that eat brains.

    Radiation makes these constructs visible…and apparently gives them a functional circulatory system.

    …and at no point, did anyone in the movie stop and say “Wow, this is messed up!”?

    Cause I sure would have.

  • OdieMikes

    October 6, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    “Yeah! Whay not create a bunch of evil brains?! Asshole.” Lmao! Soo jokes. I’ve gotta check this movie out.

  • Kamudo

    October 6, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I may have to check this one out. Looks a lot better than ‘It came from Hell’.

  • cloob1

    October 7, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I just went to and noticed the new Nerd was up!

  • October 7, 2010 at 3:20 am

    That’s Marshall Thompson, the Daktari!

  • October 7, 2010 at 3:52 am

    Watched this again, I can’t get enough of James’ work he is amazing

  • October 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I wish I could have this on VCR or DVD … =D

  • Eckshale

    October 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Great stuff, the Madness is always awesome.

    Say does anyone know what that third intro clip is from?
    Just feels like i recognize it but what it is is just out of reach :/

  • Warrax

    October 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    The monster madness announcement in this one is the best so far, I just love it.

  • October 10, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Wow! It certainly Cudgels thy brains.

  • Nin10dO

    October 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Movie seems good.

  • October 14, 2010 at 3:28 am

    This looks pretty sweet

  • October 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Really brilliant James 🙂

  • Chuck_Morris

    October 14, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Now I know where the idea for Metroids comes from…

  • COMbine

    October 15, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Why is that ads so fucking long? When it’sten sec it’s ok, but 30?

  • Jeremy E

    October 19, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Definitely looks better than any old movie I’ve tortured myself with that had “brain” in the title

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 20, 2010 at 12:28 am

    A very original concept, and the brain friends have a very cool design! I am not sure why this is in your “bad movies” iteration of Monster Madness, but it looks interesting nonetheless.

    Thanks for the info on it! 🙂

  • Bandiger

    October 21, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Sweet. I have seen the others with brain in the name, but not this one.

  • Motherfucker Mike

    October 25, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Reminds me of the Flood from Halo.

  • October 28, 2010 at 11:09 am

    COOOOOOL!! Im gonna find it right now! XD

  • rammstein81

    May 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    A classic!

  • werdman24

    August 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    All that blood spurting out keeps making my face cringe.

  • haildarklord

    August 15, 2011 at 2:34 am

    I loved this movie as a kid. I thought it was the coolest idea. The sound is bubbling oatmeal for the movie, although I would have used tomatoe sauce myself!

  • November 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    The sloppy bubbling sound they use in the movie reminds me of having really wicked bad diarrhea, just without the toilet bowl echo.

  • carlosccdvm

    November 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    This is a good sci-fi movie. My family and I watch it often, or when we are looking for a good sci-fi or horror movie and can’t decide on anything. During the movie there is a scene, it is on the title screen of this review, where Barbra walks out of the shower in a bath-towel and directly into a living room where the Major is sitting. The idea and the look on her face always make me laugh.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    July 31, 2012 at 7:34 am

    And they tell that is modern from 80s that they sell everything with sex, just look at most of B-Movies posters from 40s and 50s.

  • Chris Winters

    July 30, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Criterion has a awesome release of this, I’d pick it up for those watching

  • Jacob Boeve

    May 28, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Is this where The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy got the idea for that one episode with the brain eating brain?

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