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The Faceless man

Ozploitation, due to this film’s endless genre twists, has found a new voice within the guttural growl of The Faceless Man!  

Thanks to Freedom Cinema and director James Di Martino, The Faceless Man has arrived to make a name for itself with extreme gore and the blackest of comedy nuggets as six friends find that their weekend getaway becomes a survival-of-the-fittest challenge of endless brutality thanks to a lost suitcase of cocaine, a killer biker gang, and the terrorizing trail of The Faceless Man!

"The Faceless Man has arrived to make a name for itself with extreme gore and the blackest of comedy nuggets"

But first - thanks to the cinematography and editing skills of Rhys Sherring (Five O’Clock) - we get a 10-minute opening in which a single-take becomes the grounds for some serious family drama thanks to the performances of Sophie Thurling as Emily Beckman and Brendan Bacon as Harrison, her estranged father.  Their acting - which the single-shot cinematography draws intense attention to - tells us all we need to know: Harrison turned his back on his daughter once she was diagnosed with cancer, yet he used her diagnosis to further his political gains.  Tough, tough stuff for everyone in the hospital to hear and witness!

It makes for an interesting opening scene as we fast forward THREE YEARS LATER and see that Emily is doing extremely well, partying it up with her friends.  What she thought was going to be a weekend with her BFF, Nina (Lorin Kauffeld), turns into a bash with four other friends and a whole lot of drugs.  

But things take a turn for the worse when their vacation gets interrupted by a crazed chopper gang led by Barry the Cunt (Daniel Reader), a violent criminal (Albert  Goikhman) and his chain-smoking thugs looking for his suitcase full of cocaine, and a paranormal creature who haunts the halls of their rented retreat.  

Something here is going to snap! It is Evil Dead meets Reservoir Dogs in this topnotch genre send-up of all things extreme and exploitative. The Faceless man

If The Faceless Man sounds crowded, know this, this horror movie - with plenty of gang-banging references - performs one hell of a balancing act as comedy, drama, and horror all get the B-grade treatment thanks to an endless barrage of bad judgements.

Sure, Emily - who is tortured with the fear of getting sick again - gets the only sympathy in this thriller, but - with horrible friends like the ones that surround her - that’s to be expected.  This Australian horror film won SIX major awards at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival including Best Director and Best Film and, with its release date nearing, more audiences are going to appreciate what it does for full-throttled fear and frenetic fun.

From writer/director James Di Martino, and featuring Wolf Creek's Andy McPhee, Roger Ward (Mad Max), Lucas Pittaway (Snowtown) and Sophie Thurling ("Counter Play"), The Faceless Man starts its VOD haunt on August 28th.  

4/5 stars

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The Faceless Man

MPAA Rating: PG-13 on appeal for crude sexual content and language.
106 mins
: James DiMartino
James DiMartino
Sophie Thurling, Lucas Pittaway, Andy McPhee
: Horror

Memorable Movie Quote: "Whatver you are doing, don't. Go. Into. The workshop."
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Freedom Cinema
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Release Date:
August 28, 2020
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Synopsis: Emily is a recovering cancer survivor of three years. Faced with her fear of getting sick again, her best friend Nina plans a weekend away. Six friends venture out to a country holiday house to party over a weekend. Cut off from the rest of the world they soon learn the inhabitants are unsettling red neck individuals who terrorize and humiliate travelers. At the same time a para-normal monster seen as the faceless man haunts the house pushing the friends to their limits.

The Faceless Man

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