Faces of Death 1 (1978)

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Avg Rating: 4.2 / 5. Voted: 80

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Directed by: Conan Le Cilaire
Starring: Michael Carr (Dr. Francis B. Gröss)
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 01:44:43
Genres: Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Violence Against Animals, Cult, Cannibalism, Documentary

Plot – Spoilers:
Faces of Death was marketed as a real documentary at the time, and while the obviously fake parts in it have been unraveled over the years, it does mark a legendary moment in effed up cinema. Even though it wasn’t a genre-creating effort, it helped popularize the whole Mondo thing. You can also see the influence it had on future masters of the effedup, like Jörg Buttgereit. If you haven’t watched the series, it’s probably important to have it marked down 🙂

The film tries to treat its grotesque material with lightness and dark humour – for example, the killing of a rooster plays out against a version of “Old MacDonald…”. Some of the scenes like suicides or accidents might seem limp in the era of the internet, but they were probably shocking back in ’78.

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Jack
Jack
April 4, 2024 7:02 am

The way death is portrayed in this movie seems almost nostalgic. This is definitely a classic!

sara
sara
March 15, 2024 12:24 am

I know its supposed to be in the style of a documentary movie, but the monkey brains part is complete bullshit, no one in the middle east does that shit, it is seen as haram so there no way they’d even eat it

Tj
Tj
December 17, 2023 12:55 am

You guys do realize this is a low budget movie right? They couldn’t afford realistic sculptures like that, I only know cuz I make them for a living, plus it’s illegal to film shit like this so of course they’re going to deny it

Korekiyo
Korekiyo
April 23, 2023 4:26 pm

A classic film, I’m glad I had the chance to see it. I can agree, it’s quite outdated, and the editing/camera work is a product of its time. But it’s groundbreaking when it comes to extreme cinema history. I love the concept, with the narrator being fascinated with death, and all that comes with it, rather then being a senseless mixtape. Looking forward to seeing the second one~

Old Mother Hubbard
Old Mother Hubbard
March 11, 2023 11:12 pm

I have the “Faces of Death” box set on VHS in perfect condition. It has “Faces of Death” 1, 2, 3, 4 and “Worst of Faces of Death.” I really liked them until I found out that it was all fake. I avoid all the “Traces of Death,” “Faces of Gore,” “Mondo Cane” and any other films that claim to have real death. I did like “Orozco the Embalmer” though.

nxixmxf333
nxixmxf333
December 19, 2022 2:55 pm

It’s perfect.

Selina Kyle
Selina Kyle
November 30, 2022 2:30 pm

Love it!, i remember watching those on VHS as a kid!

adfasda
adfasda
August 7, 2022 7:39 pm

Samuel Berkowitz, the man who was cryogenically frozen, has been thawed by relatives and buried. The institute offered to preserve his head free-of-charge, but the family turned the offer down.

He wanted to defy mortality and witness the future, now not only is he rotting, he’s also wasted money that could be used in philanthropy for the livings’ sake.

If there is a Hell, I hope he’s burning in it!

Headcheese
Headcheese
March 6, 2022 9:47 pm

titties on blood

I c h i g o
I c h i g o
January 30, 2022 4:00 am

I remember when I rented this (and a few other movies) at my local video store – on VHS! Man, how time surely flies.

sawedoffsoph
sawedoffsoph
January 4, 2022 3:31 am

death death death death death save the earth <3 death death death death death

Zed Man
Zed Man
August 31, 2021 10:41 am

Most of the stuff on here is fake and even the real stuff is hardly mind blowing. Traces of Death upped the ante a bit, but to see the proper footage one must delve into level 8 of the movie iceberg in the sewers of the dark web. There can be seen the worst of the worst and things that cannot be unseen. I did it one time and regret it to this day and never ever returned there again.

Alex Hogendorp
Alex Hogendorp
May 19, 2021 5:16 pm

This was quite the trip.

Twilight sparkle
Twilight sparkle
May 11, 2021 8:59 pm

This movie made me rethink my whole life and I don’t know why

Danny
Danny
March 25, 2021 7:20 pm

holy shit the snake lost

Kai
Kai
March 1, 2021 8:20 am

I actually really enjoyed this film, it wasn’t really disturbing to me, more or less just showing what reality really is, people in first world countries have almost no knowledge or idea of what happens around other countries, same with the pollution thing, so so sad what people don’t know.

FrankyTeardrop
FrankyTeardrop
February 28, 2021 2:12 pm

fake and gay. 9.5/10

Kevin
Kevin
February 20, 2021 5:58 am

2021 anyone ??? xD

ballbuster
ballbuster
February 19, 2021 11:49 pm

Kinda corny at this point but some parts gave me nausea. Very fun!

Santi
Santi
November 25, 2020 1:02 am

FLUIDS of Death

S Harris
S Harris
November 23, 2020 11:59 am

Totally agree with Elliot.
Mondo Cane and traces are fantastic social documents if not great entertainment. Best site on the www since sliced bread.
Nuff respect

Rembrandt
Rembrandt
November 23, 2020 9:32 am

Classic

Otis_theD
Otis_theD
November 22, 2020 3:20 pm

Stan Brakhage’s ”The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes” still is a better choice though and filmed in 1971.

manter
manter
November 21, 2020 9:46 am

yawaaaaaaaaa

Dr. Lecter
Dr. Lecter
November 21, 2020 8:47 am

What a coincidence! I was just about to request this! The grand daddy of effed up movies – albeit some of it is fake, some of it is real. very, very real. Bwaahahahahahahahaaa!!!