Cast and Crew: Georges Franju (Director); Pierre Boileau (Adaptation); Maurice Jarre (Score)
What It’s About: Doctor Genessier (Pierre Brasseur) and his assistant Louise (Alida Valli) kidnap young women. Genessier needs the women for their faces, which he hopes to transplant to his daughter Christiane (Edith Scob), whose own face was destroyed in a car accident. As you might guess, the experiments will not end well….
Why Watch it Today?: The first successful face transplant occurred today in 2005, in France, no less, showing once again that so many things imagined by science fiction as horrific become routine when accomplished in the real world. Eyes Without a Face is a haunting, beautiful horror film, full of striking images, but also scenes of Genessier’s operations. The unexpected international success of the film lead to imitators, including the incredibly sleazy Brain that Wouldn’t Die and a brief vogue for (occasionally real) surgery scenes in mad scientist films. Eyes without a Face stands far above the films it inspired, a unique horror experience.
Where to Get It: Netflix (Rental), Hulu Plus
Mo Rating for Movember: We close on another mad scientist with a mad Mo, earning Eyes Without a Face 3 out of 5 Mos. We hope you’ve enjoyed our Mo Ratings and enjoyed your support; please consider donating to the cause here if you are able to.