Fiend Without a Face (1958 film)

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Fiend Without a Face
Directed by Arthur Crabtree
Produced by John Croydon and Richard Gordon
Screenplay by Herbert J. Leder
Based on The Thought-Monster (1930) by Amelia Reynolds Long
Starring Marshall Thompson, Kynaston Reeves, Michael Balfour, Kim Parker
Music by Buxton Orr
Cinematography Lionel Banes
Edited by R. Q. McNaughton
Amalgamated Productions
Distributed by Eros Films (U.K.); MGM (U.S.)
Running time
77 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $140,000 USD (£50,000, est.)
Box office Double-feature w. The Haunted Strangler
N. Am.: $350,000 USD;
UK: $300,000 USD

Fiend Without a Face is a British sci-fi horror film about living thought projections generated by a British scientist experimenting with psychic powers near a U.S. Air Force radar installation in Manitoba, Canada that become self-directing, malevolent entities, feeding on atomic energy, and ultimately possessing the removed central nervous systems of human victims to become, in effect, disembodied brain monsters. Originally released in 1958, the film was directed by Arthur Crabtree from a screenplay by Herbert J. Leder, based on Amelia Reynolds Long's story "The Thought-Monster" (Weird Tales v. 15, n. 3, March 1930).


  • Marshall Thompson as Major Jeff Cummings
  • Kynaston Reeves as Professor R. E. Walgate
  • Michael Balfour as Sergeant Kasper
  • Kim Parker as Barbara Griselle
  • Terry Kilburn as Captain Al Chester
  • Gil Winfield as Dr. Warren, M.D.
  • Shane Cordell as Nurse
  • Stanley Maxted as Colonel G. Butler
  • James Dyrenforth as Mayor Hawkins
  • Kerrigan Prescott as Peterson