Faces Of Death I-IV (1978-1990)

Faces Of Death I-IV

Director: John Alan Schwartz
Genre: Documentary | Horror | Crime

Faces Of Death (1978)Faces Of Death (1978)
Faces Of Death (1978)

Tagline: Banned in 46 Countries!
Plot: A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV-material to home-made super-8 movies The common factor is death by some means.
AKA: The Original Faces of Death

Possibly one of the most talked about video series of all time, Faces of Death examines the many guises of death in extreme close-up. Sure to shock, horrify and even repulse, these brutal films are not meant for the faint of heart. This classic series is the one true original Faces of Death.
This first volume features a vicious pit bull fight, the clubbing of baby seals, monkey brains, a man setting himself on fire, an electrocution, San Francisco cultists dining on human organs, a suicidal jumper taking his final leap, a visit to a slaughterhouse, an alligator attack, and a visit to an autopsy room.


Faces Of Death II (1981)Faces Of Death II (1981)
Faces Of Death II (1981)

Tagline: When Make Believe Is Just Not Enough!

Faces of Death 2 does not live up to the pure gore style of the first film, which makes it not quite as good. The one thing that makes this film stick out is the amount of real footage. Faces of Death used fake footage to get fame, which was okay because the footage was still so graphic and disturbing that it didn't really matter. But almost all of the footage found in Faces of Death 2 is real, with the exception of a few scenes, such as the drugstore shootout. It has some good stunts gone wrong, a few disgusting animal scenes, and a really brutal boxing match where a heavyweight takes on a man who looks like he hasn't eaten in five years. Faces of Death 2 isn't the best in the series, but it isn't the worst either


Faces Of Death III (1985)Faces Of Death III (1985)
Faces Of Death III AKA Fear (1985)

AKA: Fear

"Faces of Death III" (on loan from a friend) not being exposed to any previous or subsequent entries in the long-running DTV series and came out rather amused... This collection of supposedly authentic footage of murder and mayhem has the appeal of a traffic accident (ironically, one of the first 'faces of death' displayed here)...depicting shark attacks, (real) animal slaughter, executions et. al. While the various sequences are stitched together as loosely as Frankenstein's monster, the real incentive for viewing comes in the form of 'creative consultant/narrator' "Doctor" Francis B. Gross' commentary on them...absolutely hilarious, pseudo-philosophical rubbish that will have you rolling on floor. For an accurate look at REAL faces of death, log on to Rotten dot com; for chuckles and a funky '70s look, have a ball with "Faces of Death III."


Faces Of Death IV (1990)Faces Of Death IV (1990)
Faces Of Death IV (1990)

Faces of Death IV is the final "real" sequel to Faces of Death, in that it is the last sequel to include any original footage. This was directed by John Alan Schwartz (again as "Conan le Cilaire"), Susumu Saegusa and Andrew Theopolis. John Alan Schwartz's brother James B. Schwartz is credited as writer.


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