He leaves the other children that have taunted Monk and walks over to the unfortunate outsider. Everyone seems to be floating in their own brilliant halo. Most would prefer he be shut away. Meanwhile, Ned breaks away from the crowd and dashes into the lab where he pulls Jimmie to safety. At night, he becomes a sophisticated, well-dressed gentleman, beloved by all the ladies in town and admired by the men. When hes not working, Monk is a bit of a dandy the local barber calls him my best advertising.
These latter films focus more on the human vs. The story follows Monk Johnson James Whitmore as a small-town handyman, beloved by his community. A local handyman saves a child in a fire, but the burns he receives disfigure his face so much that the townspeople avoid him. But with the posters dominant image of a partially veiled, scarred face, and smaller photos of a man and a woman recoiling in horror along with the tagline, Hell reached out and touched his flesh! An essentially unknown crewmember named Edward Vorkapich whose only other credited work in a feature film was Band's I Bury the Living served as cinematographer, and his seemingly amateur skills pay off quite well in giving the film a lot of its atmosphere, which - again - seem to pave the way for the world of B movies to come. So I was excited for the opportunity to see Face of Fire again as it became available on home video for the first time thanks to Warner Archive, an online arm of Warner Bros. Trescott Cameron Mitchell , Monk is out taking the neighborhood boys fishing during the day, and wooing the eligible ladies in town at night. On his way back home, Monk hears clanging fire bells shattering the calm evening and sees the townspeople gathering at the Trescott house which is ablaze.
In the final moments, little Jimmy watches his old friend and fishing companion stretch out his arms, lost in the memory of being caught in the fire. But Face of Fire isnt a horror film at all. . When the Mitchell home goes up in flames, it is Whitmore who saves the young son of Cameron from certain death. But in the process, Monk is knocked unconscious, and as he lies on the floor, a fiery acidic material drips onto his face, burning him beyond recognition. Although the doctor nurses Monk back to health, he is unable to do anything for his face.
The accompanying English monaural soundtrack delivers admirably, lending all the more credit to this, what would ultimately be Cameron Mitchell's swan song to serious acting. The town people are at first sympathetic, but like mob mentality does, fear and ignorance soon overtake them. Morality and mortality are eternally linked throughout the film, and thematically this is something that director Albert Band seems to be completely invested in. Over several weeks, Ned operates on Monk and has him treated by specialists, but in addition to remaining grotesquely scarred, Monk's mind has been affected. Later, as the children who once loved Monks attention now mock and fear him, the film is simultaneously sad, shocking and quite relatable. But I found Face of Fire every bit as moving today as it was more than 50 years ago and can happily recommend it.
In fact, you could even classify the Allied Artists presentation as an uncredited precursor to both The Twilight Zone which premiered two months after the release of Face of Fire and The Outer Limits. A remarkably sensitive ending, as well. The acid not only destroys poor Monk's handsome face, leaving him to resemble the Jason Vorhees and Crospeys of the world and once you see Monk wandering through the woods, his face covered with a black cloth, you'll note how much more spot-on that assessment is , but it also decimates his skilled grey matter as well, leaving him with a mind of mush. In the lab, Monk stumbles and falls. One afternoon while Ned is consulting with John, Jimmie arrives home stricken.
Technical advancements have made cinematography, editing, sound, special effects, etc. It left a lasting impression on me for some 40 years and I sure would love to see it again. Sadly he himself does not escape the fire and suffers massive trauma to his face and head. T he make-up design for the horrifically scarred and burnt Monk is effective and startling, and when he lumbers about with a cloak covering his face it is a distressing image. While rather slow in some parts, Face of Fire is nevertheless a very poignant tale that benefits from some downright atmospheric moments. A remarkably sensitive ending, as well. Meanwhile outside in his veil, Monk sits carefully cleaning a bridle when Jimmie and several school children arrive and taunt him.
Revered by the men of the community, idolized by the children, and the object of every woman's secret desire, Monk is very much a man's man. Any film with a theme of prejudice is likely to resonate with plenty of viewers — esp. While there are no special features present on this barebones release, Face of Fire still comes with a hearty recommendation. The lyrics belted out and equally whispered by the children evoke nightmarish imagery about a monkey in peril that struggles to fit in at a travelling circus. Suddenly, Monk is a figure of fear. Simon the moving picture industry's first J.
Leave a Reply You must be to post a comment. I was 11 when I first saw Face of Fire during its initial release in August 1959, and it made a strong impression on me, both in the way I saw movies and in the way I looked at the world. But it also is most definitely a horror film that runs a similar course to small town spook shows such as The Town That Dreaded Sundown 1976 , The Dark Night of the Scarecrow 1981 and even the slasher classic The Burning 1981. Monk descends the rear stairs to Ned's laboratory, but stumbles on the burning steps and falls, knocking himself out against a table, after which chemicals on the flaming table explode and fall directly onto Monk's face. Jake and the others initially resist, but when a figure is spotted running through the woods, Ned and the others chase him, believing it to be Monk.