Being a huge fanatic to the world of horror films, “Faces of Death” instantly caught my interest. I have not seen the film, but after hearing about it, I quickly “Googled” and “Youtubed” my way into finding scenes to watch. I was only able to come across a select few, distinctive scenes that were talked about. The monkey brains scene and the electric chair scene. In my opinion, both were pure genius. Everything this film stands for; death, rituals, possible sadistic acts isinteresting to me. Which, I hope with that statement, didn’t make me seem psychotic. I just find this whole long streaming idea that these rituals could be plausible realities so interesting.
You never know what could possibly be going on in other places in the world, or even in your neighbor’s home, and “Faces of Death” makes youthink or examine these ideas. One can never actually know what’s going on or if something is real or fake.
Even in recent horror film history, movies such as “The Fourth Kind” question this idea of “reality”. In the beginning of this film, it clearly states a disclaimer telling the audience the film is based off of real events, yet some people still question it’s plausibility. Are aliens real, is this footage actual footage or not? The film completely creeped me out after wondering if the “facts” told at the end of the film about U.S. government visiting Nome Alaska, to research about aliens, was real. But, for me, this creates cinematic genius. If you can create a mood, or atmosphere where an audience can sit and clearly be appalled, enthralled,ortaken back by a movie, than you’ve done something right. If an entire nation is still having conversations about a film made more than two decades ago as if it were made yesterday, then clearly this film is something, which we have already known, has made history.
Having a cult classic, where older siblings all over the world, are still telling their younger brothers and sisters the scenes arereal, which in some cases they make actually believe, is great. It truly shows the film impact on society. It’s something almost any adult, who was a child during the late 70’s can remember and fear. It has instilled so much into cinematic and cultural history, and should be a blueprint for future horror films. In my opinion, directors should want a horror film of the same degree where the scenes are still questionable realities toaudiences everywhere.