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rhett
10-16-2008, 07:35 AM
There are some things where "good" or "bad" doesn't really apply. Instead, it's "have you seen it" or "haven't you?" The FACES OF DEATH films, with their purportedly real presentations of death, are one of those iconic oddities. CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST is another, where the true test is getting through it all with your sanity intact. FACES OF DEATH has always been notoriously hard to find, and for many years was accessible only through bootlegs and copies of copies taken from VHS shelves. Now though, it's on DVD and Blu-ray courtesy of Gorgon Video. It's out there...so have you, or haven't you seen it?

Vote, and then let us know why.

reddye5
10-16-2008, 08:01 AM
I saw Part 2 back in the VHS days. I remember being all hyped up to see it, and then being let down once I did. I found it boring.

dwatts
10-16-2008, 08:15 AM
Now it's out there? It's been out for ages. The previous release included the first four films in the series. And yes, i own that set. I've watched two of them so far, but then shelved it. Depressing things these - although the first one isn't so bad since we know most of it is faked.

Traces of Death though - that's a whole other level.

Why? It was a classic "you've got to see this" rite of passage back in the day. Since the previous R1 release was a four movie set, I got them all.

KamuiX
10-16-2008, 08:17 AM
I've seen them all I believe, although I fast-forward through any animal footage. I actually never saw the last half of part 4 until I had my buddy edit out the animal footage for me. I had the original VHS, and once I saw some Asians stick a puppy on a cutting board, I couldn't take the tape out quick enough :cry:

Who knows if it's real now or not, but I'm not going to revisit it to find out.

dwatts
10-16-2008, 08:23 AM
The new disc has a commentary on it - and it confirms much of this is fake. For instance, the first film starts with a dog fight, all fake (the dogs are playing, and they simply covered them with "blood".) The gator attack - faked... and so on. Effective though.

If you didn't like this Traces of Death will blow your mind.

Misanthrope666
10-16-2008, 09:44 AM
I own the original DVD editions of both part 1 and 2. They have been readily avaiilable on Amazon both used and new. The new BD and DVD relese is just a re-issue with more extras.

shithead
10-16-2008, 10:21 AM
I've seen the first. I got it from a local Convenient store, "Eight Till Late" that rented out VHS when i was about 12.

Xtro_13
10-16-2008, 10:25 AM
Watched it years ago with my then brother-in-law. I found it pretty boring and not at all interesting. Even way back then, I knew that all of the on screen killing was faked. I couldn't believe how many of my friends thought that the whole thing was real. What can I say, my friends were gullible.

shithead
10-16-2008, 10:29 AM
If you didn't like this Traces of Death will blow your mind.

I think i've seen the first Traces, is that the one with the Twilight Zone movie accident?

There's this other real death video series called Faces Of Gore that is supposed to be the worst of them all.

Cujo108
10-16-2008, 11:11 AM
Nope, just the preview on the Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things tape when I rented it waaaay back when. They had a few in rental stores around here, but I never had the desire.

gore
10-16-2008, 11:23 AM
I rented these a long time ago but just picked up the collectors set a year ago at fry's electronics. Its vol. 1-4 and they had it marked for $10, I knew this was a mistake. They caught wind of it at the cashier but honored the price since they marked it wrong. Part 1 is the best, still have to revisit 3 and 4. Fake or not it still makes me squirm knowing it could be real. :eek:

Mattapooh
10-16-2008, 11:55 AM
Is there one of these that shows a lady crossing the street in some European country and having a chimney randomly collapse on top of her? Then some old guy leading the police on a chase and killing himself with a shotgun?

I saw something like this about ten years ago or so when my sister's boyfriend rented it and I'm not sure what the title was.

Mutilated Prey
10-16-2008, 02:47 PM
I've seen 'em all. My friends and I growing up used to like to rent them at the old video store. I always found them entertaining. I saw that the original is was out on Blu-Ray which I found kinda interesting. I really didn't think that would ever happen, at least not that quickly. I'd be interested to see just how good the transfer is.

evildeadfan123
10-16-2008, 03:34 PM
I have seen them all, more than once, and I have all of them on DVD, but I remember when my mom watching the 1st Faces of Death, and she wanted to turn it off after the Autopsy scene. She said "No More."

fceurich39
10-16-2008, 03:42 PM
i have the box set i like them all

old-boo-radley
10-16-2008, 03:44 PM
Nope, and I don't want to.

KamuiX
10-16-2008, 04:16 PM
There's this other real death video series called Faces Of Gore that is supposed to be the worst of them all.

Faces of Gore is more like aftermath footage of crimes and disasters than any death scenes. It's really not very good, but the highlight is the insanely offensive narration, which is so wrong that it made me laugh. I'm sure I was already going to hell anyways :p

Rockmjd
10-16-2008, 04:24 PM
Is there one of these that shows a lady crossing the street in some European country and having a chimney randomly collapse on top of her? Then some old guy leading the police on a chase and killing himself with a shotgun?

I saw something like this about ten years ago or so when my sister's boyfriend rented it and I'm not sure what the title was.
That's Banned from Television.

spawningblue
10-16-2008, 04:26 PM
I don't know if I could watch anything with real animal killings. Just because I eat chicken and beef, doesn't mean I want to see the animals slaughtered. I can eat meant because I don't think of where it comes from.

j tea
10-16-2008, 04:34 PM
i cant recall which one i saw. it was in junior high at a kid's house whose parents were always gone. there were several 'bad kids' there and i was really out of place. it was a memorable experience.

i saw a traces of death in college and made the mistake of watching while i ate dinner. bad idea. it had the bud dwyer suicide in it which was incredibly unsettling.

HAEMORRHAGE
10-16-2008, 05:01 PM
Me and my buddy used to rent these from a place called Easy Video in NJ all the time around the time we graduated from HS. Then we moved on to Traces but didn't really get into that one. Suprising too since it's got a death metal soundtrack provided by Nuclear Blast. I also watched Faces of Death when I was a kid in the 80's too thanks to my sister trying to horrify me by playing it for me. The monkey brains scene still sticks with me to this day thanks to my sister. Then again, she also rented Slaughter High back then, so I thank her for that.

Spit
10-16-2008, 05:12 PM
I've had the dvd box set for years...an in the end a lot of the scenes are hit or miss. Most of the stuff looks fake, but every once in awhile they through something crazy in. The one that gets to me the most is the tv crew at the sight of where a plane crashed in a neighborhood, thats some sick shit.

bigdaddyhorse
10-16-2008, 05:45 PM
I saw all of them back in the day I'm pretty sure. It was morbid curiosity that made me seek them out and watch them. They were almost like a myth or folklore tale in junior high. The "cool" kids would always be talking about them and making those who hadn't seen them feel inferior. Even though I found them kinda boring, I kept on renting them up to IV. I have no real need to revisit these, I saw them when I had too. Do they really look any better in Blu-Ray? Would you want them to look better? Doesn't the fakness just stand out in HD?

I saw most of one of the Traces of Death as well. That is some other shit, although some of it was kinda funny to me (the one I saw had the race car crash into the crowd on a twisty road, I just thought those people standing right next to the road, on a sharp-ass curve, as cars speed by around 100mph were just begging for death. Natural selection at it's finest!)

allmessedup
10-16-2008, 05:53 PM
Of the original series I've seen all but the second one, and that was only because they never had it at my video store.

I used to like all the atrocity/Mondo type films--DEATH SCENES was another one that was pretty good, also THE KILLING OF AMERICA.

These days I've gotten soft in my old age and don't really care to see them, especially anything involving animals, faked or not.

thrashard76
10-16-2008, 05:54 PM
I saw the first one over a decade ago. I thought it was real until I found out otherwise.

satans-sadists
10-16-2008, 05:58 PM
I saw Faces of Death Part 2 as a teenager. A friend of mine rented it and we watched it as a group with our girlfriends. Hated it at the time and I'm sure I would hate it even more today. I'll never give it a second viewing nor do I care to check out even a minute of footage from any of the other volumes.

Faces of Death, Traces of Death, and the whole cannibal subgenre are most definitely not for me!

Angelman
10-16-2008, 06:22 PM
Nope, and I don't want to.

Sadly I did see it when I was young, as I posted in the review page, anybody who makes money off the entertainment value of the killing of animals (whether they did the deed or not) is an asshole. They should burn the negative, then feed the ashes to the filmmakers.

Mok
10-16-2008, 07:00 PM
I've seen clips from Faces of Death videos, but never popped-in a VHS/DVD with that title to watch at home. I probably never will.

allmessedup
10-16-2008, 07:35 PM
I thought part 4 was funny in that it seemed less serious...especially that goofy song at the end. But all of the ones I saw always had moments that were somewhat funny, even if it was only in a sick way.

It was hard to take Dr. Francis B. Gross seriously, and his successor was even worse.

Workshed
10-16-2008, 08:15 PM
Only clips when I was a kid at sleepovers.

baggio
10-16-2008, 08:48 PM
I think the director should have always said it was real or say judge for yourself kinda thing. It would have added to the legend of the product. It could have went on for years & years. Why ruin the fun?

Kinda dumb move revealing this:

http://www.sptimes.com/News/102600/Weekend/Lifting_the_mask_from.shtml

Mutilated Prey
10-16-2008, 09:35 PM
I think the director should have always said it was real or say judge for yourself kinda thing. It would have added to the legend of the product. It could have went on for years & years. Why ruin the fun?

Kinda dumb move revealing this:

http://www.sptimes.com/News/102600/Weekend/Lifting_the_mask_from.shtml

Yeah, I saw that on the DVD release - Fact or Fiction. I thought that was weird that he was going through a bunch if clips telling us what's fake and what's not.

maskull
10-16-2008, 10:48 PM
I don't think I've ever seen a Faces Of Death film. I saw part of a Traces of Death film once and never felt the need to check out anything else from this "genre".

othervoice1
10-16-2008, 11:51 PM
I saw the first one when I was in highschool- dont believe I have seen once since- I actually thought it was real back then- (dont laugh) I guess some of it was real but Ive never looked into what was and what wasnt.

old-boo-radley
10-16-2008, 11:58 PM
Sadly I did see it when I was young, as I posted in the review page, anybody who makes money off the entertainment value of the killing of animals (whether they did the deed or not) is an asshole. They should burn the negative, then feed the ashes to the filmmakers.

I will be the first to admit that I'm a bit of a hypocrite because I love Cannibal Holocaust, but I can honestly say whenever animal deaths and the such come up in my cannibal flicks, I close my eyes. It's not hard to see them coming.

But, Faces of Death, if death in the film is real, that's all I need to not want to see it. One thing to glorify death, another to glorify a real one. In the documentary American Nightmare, they show JFK dying and it sickened me, but at the very least you felt what America must have felt back then and how it translated into early horror films. It wasn't gratuitous, but I still wish I hadn't seen it.

The Chaostar
10-17-2008, 01:17 AM
I've seen the first one - on TV, years ago, would you believe that?
Depressed the shit out of me.

DrHerbertWest
10-17-2008, 02:48 AM
Never had an interest in this because I always felt I'd end up regretting the viewing.

X-human
10-17-2008, 03:07 AM
That type of footage has never been outside of my reach, so I've never sought out these releases. I've already seen worse stuff, why take a step back? Just so I can say I did? I've got better things to do with my time. (Not much better mind you, but better all the same.)

Coverdale
10-17-2008, 04:02 AM
Back in high school these were considered the most "daring" thing to rent on VHS (next to porn).

wago70
10-17-2008, 04:50 AM
The one that gets to me the most is the tv crew at the sight of where a plane crashed in a neighborhood, thats some sick shit.

That'd be the San Diego PSA crash from 1978 - damn I remember the day it happened and it was all over the news. I was just a kid, but I remember watching the morning news before going to school (of course, I was late). Amazing how this footage ended up in 'Faces'...or maybe not so surprising...
That's the only real sequence I'd not want to see. Weird how I still remember so much of the news that day....and I lived in Nevada!

Mark Relford
10-17-2008, 05:11 AM
I've seen the first four. Never seen Traces of Death, Death Scenes, etc. Shocking Asia was a trip. The sex change operation...wow.

MorallySound
10-17-2008, 06:45 AM
No, but I plan on buying it and watching it.

Fumi
10-18-2008, 02:54 PM
I saw the first one on VHS way back in the day. It was sort of interesting. Didn't inspire me to see the rest of them though. Playboy's sexy lingerie - now that inspired me to rent the whole series.

walkingdude
10-18-2008, 08:57 PM
I bought the original last week after not seeing it in 10 years and it was a bit of a disappointment.

MrVess
10-18-2008, 09:05 PM
I did, sadly. Probably all of them. And at that age of 12 or so, I even believed some of their footage was real, groan.

Fortunately, there are just two things I remember from them today - that they were hosted by a hilariously awful weirdo "actor" who makes Tom Welling look like Marlon Brando, and that the one scene I found really interesting then had something to do with "mutated lake worms". Although it could have come from one of its countless ripoffs, come to think of that...

geeare
10-21-2008, 02:27 PM
I've never seen any of them. as a matter of fact, I had the first one pre-ordered on amazon but this thread helped me decide to cancel that order. are there any stories to these "movies" or are they just scenes of death. I'm not interested in seeing senseless killings of animals if it's real or not.

Angelman
10-21-2008, 06:41 PM
I've never seen any of them. as a matter of fact, I had the first one pre-ordered on amazon but this thread helped me decide to cancel that order. are there any stories to these "movies" or are they just scenes of death. I'm not interested in seeing senseless killings of animals if it's real or not.

Word.

Zillamon51
10-22-2008, 12:15 AM
I've seen them all, and I own the 4-disc Gorgon set.

Ahh, Faces of Death. A true rite of passage back in the day. Lotsa nostalgia for gorehounds there. The first is the best, of course. Parts 2 & 3 were disappointingly tame. Part IV was a return to form, if a bit more outlandish.

These were a VHS staple back in the day. In the early '90s, I worked in a video store that only stocked one of the sequels. It was always rented out, and after pointing this (and countless customer inquiries) out to the manager, they finally got some more in. Around that time, a local theater had Part IV as a weekend midnite show for a while. I went twice (and have the death certificates to prove it!). The place was packed for the first week. They added another auditorium for subsequent weeks, and it was still packed. FoD drew big business, but was still seen as very underground / edgy / hardcore. Should they admit now what was fake? I dunno. In these nostalgia-centric times, it's ripe for a comeback one way or another. (Unless the 'net makes FoD obsolete :( .)

If you haven't seen Faces of Death, you're a pussy. :evil: