Lent: Part 24

Eyes Without a Face (Les yeux sans visage, 1960) – Totally-not-interesting fact: both of the French mid-century horror movies I watched for Lent so far this year have scenes of someone identifying a body in the morgue. And in both cases, the person being identified is not dead (sorry, I don’t think that counts as a spoiler in either case).

Anyway, Eyes Without a Face feels much, much older than it is. I haven’t read up on it, but it feels like a classy homage to the campy, low-rent B-film horror of the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, even though it’s not far removed, temporally, from the end of that era. Without being overtly horrifying, the woman walking around with the blank-faced mask is one of the most unnervingly creepy things I’ve seen in a movie in a long time.

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