The Faceless Man is a 2019 Australian horror feature film that combines ruthless thugs alongside the supernatural titular monster.
Written and directed by James Di Martino, the Chapter Five Studios production stars Sophie Thurling, Lucas Pittaway, Andy McPhee and Roger Ward.
Emily (Sophie Thurling) 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 terrorise and humiliate travellers. At the same time, a paranormal monster seen as the faceless man haunts the house pushing the friends to their limits…
The Faceless Man is a mess. It attempts to combine various genres to no good effect and the juvenile script is repetitive (the endless mentions of a gang bang will make most people gag). None of the generally annoying clichéd druggy characters is engaging and the overlong running time just makes the movie more of an endeavour.
A misguided attempt to recapture the spirit of Ozploitation, this is just tedious Tarantinoesque tripe. Reviewers that are fooled by it clearly haven’t seen enough of the movies it attempts to rip-off.
James Collins. MOVIES and MANIA
“The Faceless Man is an artful exploration of grief, while also serving a bucketload of gore and guts. It succeeds at many things, while slightly faltering at others. Which of these successes click with you, is a highly personal opinion.” Dread Central
“ …The Faceless Man is sublimely perfect in every way you can imagine. While it might sound like its wild ambitions create tonal whiplash at every turn, that is not the case. Thanks to a game cast, intelligent writing, and phenomenal direction, it all seamlessly blends together and works flawlessly.” Film Threat
“The Faceless Man is a step above its other independent counterparts that often feel rough and unrefined in comparison. It’s truly a journey unlike any other, a local offering that feels born entirely out of the energy and determination of its filmmaker and while there’s a lot to be desired in a refinement sense, you can’t help but have a great time…” Jordan & Eddie
“The story is disjointed, the score is oddly jarring, the movie goes on for way too long at 105 minutes, and I was never able to like or care about any of the characters… But there are some bright spots I can point out: Thurling does a good job in the role of Emily, Daniel Reader has a fun screen presence as problem solver Barry the C***, and Roger Ward of Mad Max and Turkey Shoot makes an entertaining appearance as a character called King Dougie.” Life Between Frames
“We could have had more development on the group of friends, as they end up coming off like your usual slasher cast. With the different arcs we do get plenty of violence which is what the film wants to pay respect to the Ozploitation era of cinema, which will help understand the tone of the film.” Movie Reviews 101
” …The Faceless Man is a bit of a missed opportunity, despite managing to bring it all together for a surprising final twist at the end. The clashing tones and ideas don’t always mesh well but there are some faint glimmers of brilliance here that never quite get enough time to breathe. As a first-time feature from director James Di Martino, the film is a decent enough effort but doesn’t quite do enough to distinguish itself as a diamond in the rough.” The Review Geek
“No doubt at all that The Faceless Man is a wildly indulgent work; the scale of Di Martino’s ambitious, convoluted vision leaves his own level of craft, that ability to keep his narrative manageable, in its wake. Yet it is that degree of unbridled daring to which the midnight-movie crowd, who gobble up such displays of all-or-nothing genre storytelling, will gravitate. The gore, giggles and film-buff fun that Di Martino delivers oozes ‘cult film’ cred from frame 1.” Screen-Space
“So ok, The Faceless Man isn’t exactly the reinvention of the horror genre – but it’s sooo much fun for this very reason, as it mixes elements from various subgenres – from slasher to haunted house to backwoods terror with a hint of gangster movie – to an intentionally pulpy and highly explosive mix…” Search My Trash
“It feels like the film is more interested in the blood/gore effects and having homages to films like Hot Fuzz, Get Out, and that once scene from Deliverance that everyone knows about. There was this moment about two-thirds of the way through the film where I thought it was going to have a really interesting twist that would have contextualised it a bit more.” TL;DR Reviews
In the USA, Freedom Cinema released The Faceless Man On-Demand on August 28th 2020.
Cast and characters:
Sophie Thurling … Emily Beckman
Lucas Pittaway … Kyle Jefferies
Andy McPhee … Eddie
Roger Ward … Dougie
Albert Goikhman … Viktor Nov
Brendan Bacon … Harrison Beckman
Daniel Reader … Barry
Daniel Facciolo … Brad Barns
Lorin Kauffeld … Nina Hancock
Martin Astifo … Dave Eddison
Sunny S. Walia … Chad Blavinski
Damian Oehme … Biff
Dave Beamish … Jimmy Maxwell
Tom Vogel … Boris
Dirk Faller … Morel