Directed by: Conan Le Cilaire
Starring: Michael Carr (Dr. Francis B. Gröss)
Country: United States
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.