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Faces Of Death Review


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It's back to the slaughterhouse, the operating room, the autopsy table, and the electric chair for some of the most gruesome, foul, disgusting, and often-faked collection of "death scenes" ever put together.

Not quite a snuff film, Faces of Death -- and its five sequels -- is a supposed documentary but has often faced accusations of being nothing but a sham, courtesy of some clever Japanese fans of low-budget gore. Now collected in one of the most disturbing box sets ever, the first four FoD movies along with the 1999 documentary Faces of Death: Fact or Fiction? and The Worst of Faces of Death (exactly what you expect it is), this seven-hour collection is the definitive shock-cinema set for every teenage boy who hustled his way to the video store the day he turned 17 (or old enough to look 17) in the hopes he could scar his brain forever with this junk. Consistently awful yet bizarrely compelling, its narration by "Dr. Francis B.Gröss," actually Michael Carr, harkens back to the narration on a fourth-grade filmstrip.

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