Eyes Without a Face - 7
A mask wearing young woman, brutally disfigured in a car accident.
The father, a surgeon who attempts to give new beauty to his beloved daughter by kidnapping and cirurgically stealing the faces of other beautiful young women.
An horror movie from 1960, exploring the fine layer between beauty and grotesque.
I found very interesting the way how this movie manages to turn beautiful into horrendous and vice-versa.
Pleasently surprised by it's apparent seriousness, it didn't fall for the mistake of comical skittishness as I'd expect for such a movie, pretty sober stuff.
It never really spooked the hell out of my and it was somewhat predictable, but I really apprecciated how it handled the goriest and spookier moments, nothing to obvious, the director was smart enough to play with subtlety, suggestion and expectation.
And yet, some viewers might be surprised with the level of gore detail present in this 1960 movie.
An horror movie it might be, but odd as it may sound, the greatest impression I came out of it was of it's aesthetical appeal and beauty... there's a certain enchantment here mostly thanks to the great sensibility of the director, camera and photography work.
This made the movie worth to me, despite the mindless script.
I say mindless script because I never felt there was a true purpose or intent behind the majority of the happenings in the movie, a simple succession of events determined by basic and cliché writing, but beautifully carved to enhance the visual appeal of it.
This movie is an interesting stylistic exercise in the horror genre.
I liked it and highly recommend it to lovers of classic black and white cinema.
I may watch it again and revise my rating.
Edited by kkl10 - 1/10/14 at 8:24am