Genres:Documentary Sub-Genres:Documentary Studio:MPI HOME VIDEO Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 07/30/2002 Original Release Date: 01/01/1991 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1991 Release Year: 2002 Run Time: 1hr 35min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 6 MPAA Rating: Unrated Languages:English
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"If you are reading this chances are that you have an interest in Mondo films, and if this is the case, you've read volumes about the Faces of Death series already.This film was refused certification in Australia, making it very hard to find, so I ordered it from Amazon. I saw the original Faces of Death when I was young and I was captivated, this 4th entry in the series is somewhat of a disappointment. A majority of the footage is either (a) re-enacted or (b) stock footage that could be found on other films or stuff you would see on TV. Having said that - the special effects for the re-enatced footage are quite decent and it is for this reason I give this film 2 stars. I found found myself laughing at some of the footage because it was obviously fake, like the girl being run over by the speed boat, or the woman who was attacked by a large leech.Naturally the new presenter/Narator, Dr. Lewis Flelis is not a real doctor, just an actor overatcing to the extreme. His monologues throughout the various scenes vacilate between poorly informed social comentary and black comedy. He breaks out his guitar at the end of the film to sing a song called "Faces of Death" while footage is displayed of a band stand collapse in which band members are crushed and killed. This song is nothing short of woeful, but you must see it to believe it if you can handle mondo films.I personally liked Francis B. Gross better, but apparantly he died.This film's main selling point is that it is banned in X amount of countries. Trust me, this is faint praise - as countries like England ban or censor anything that isn't about some prancing fag on a ship who meets his true love and freezes to death at the end.This film, by comparison to the first three films in the series was a disappointment to me. The links betwen the scenes were far weaker, and it plays like a prozac dependent man trying to scare you with his bad acting and misinformed "medical" opinions.The extra features are also non existant with two trailers and some cover art for the Gorgon Faces of Death series."
Kane Mercer | Canberra Australia | 02/26/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This film is comprised mostly of footage that is re-enacted or is lifted from TV/Other documentaries. I give it two stars because some of the special effects that are used in the re-enacted footage are pretty cool. Having said that, some of the re-enactments are complette garbage, such as the weeding party massacre - It's the most unrealistic drive-by shooting sequence I have ever seen. Also the sequence that shows that Latino guy being beaten up by cops is so obviously fake -it made me laugh. Oh and the sequence of the schizophrenic man holding the nurse hostage plays like some bad movie - oh wait this is some bad movie.The Narrator Dr. Lewis Flelis (really some actor dude portraying a doctor - rather badly) is annoying. His commentary of what you are seeing vacilates between poor attempts at ill-advised black humour and ill- informed social commentray. He tries hard to pull spooky faces in between these sequences, but comes across as being more towards prozac dependent than genuinely spooky. I personally liked Francis B Gross from the first three films better, but apparanetly he died.The special features of the DVD consist of trailers for FOD 1 and FOD 4 (which is just a mish-mash of footage from the film with some music playing in the background) and the cover art for the Gogon video FOD series. In short little of interest on this front.This films' main selling point is that it has been banned in X number of countries. This is faint praise/ Counties like England and Australia ban anything that isn't about some prancing lord' who falls in love on a ship and freezes to death when it sinks.
If possible rent before you buy."
L. TEAGUE | chicago, ILLINOIS United States | 10/22/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"just like my review title this is garbage it really sucks i thought that these were real scenes of death but it is 110% all fake crap.when i saw it the first time in the year 2000 i could've sworn that it was real but its not it is the most fake crap i've ever watched.if you want real try traces of death or banned from tv.cause i was really disappointed"
Kane Mercer | 02/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This dvd is action packed and very gruesome. It will have you talking about it for days and is an astonishing video. The deaths are vivid and often funny. This is a great party video. I highly reccomend it!!"
YOU SICK LITTLE MONKEY
filterite | Dublin, Ireland | 08/08/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Never have cartoons made a better point than in Ren from the Ren and Stimpy showThis film is a rather monotonous look on the morbidity of death. It ain't the prettiest of pictures to watch ( although you kinda know that ). The commentary is like a big joke really. When the presenter tries to look fearsome he looks like a goofball trying to play a psychotic doctor whose " fascination with the artform " of death is hilarious. After a half an hour you become numb to the images of death that surround this movie. Weak stomachs are not something you should have watching this movie. And yeah parts of it are fake but even still they do a pretty good job at grossing you outFor those who love this movie - maybe therapy is required!"