Now that Jason, Freddy, and Chucky have taken over horror movies, audiences barely remember when this enduring, accomplished genre gave us more than effects-laden, ax-swinging bloodbaths geared to sell product in department stores.

Horror movies, once, were for adults as well as teenagers. Directors used black and white, evocative lighting, minimal make-up, and great acting to create rich, personally expressive images that frightened audiences. Now the Criterion Collection gives us another chance to see these kinds of movies, releasing a new print of the 1959 French classic Eyes Without a Face on DVD.

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