The Original Faces of Death – 1978 Movie

The Original Faces of Death - 1978 Movie

Let’s take a break from our regular programming and reflect back to the gore of the past. The 1978 movie Faces of Death is one of the original gore compilations that became widely available to public. The producers of the movie marketed it with a slogan that the movie was banned in over 46 countries. This was meant to make it clear that it’s truly horrific. And for the time it was. However, many of the scenes were staged and obviously fake, oftentimes involving truly horrible acting. This was admitted by the producers but given when the movie was originally released, the scenes were graphic enough to shiver the spines of then viewers.

Much of the movie contains footage from animal slaughterhouses or other scenes involving animal abuse and killings. Those are usually authentic and pretty disturbing. Overall, The Original Faces of Death movie is a brief encyclopedia of various ways to die and elaborates roughly on each of them. There were several sequels to the Original Faces of Death made, but this presentation is what started it all. And even though it doesn’t stand up to anything widely available throughout the internet today, the Original Faces of Death will remain a household name in the world of gore for its pioneering contribution and exposure of man’s fascination with death. Watch the Original faces of Death – full length, uncut video below. It’s a 2 and a half hour long video which contains the Original Faces of Death (1 hour 45 minutes) and some extra footage with director Conan Le Cilaire (real name John Alan Schwartz) being interviewed by Louise Jane (funny computerized voices):

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49 thoughts on “The Original Faces of Death – 1978 Movie”

  1. Old gore is always good. I had my first public fap with a couple of friends while watching “Cannibal Holocaust” in 1980, in an actual theatre (cool thing about Third World crapholes: in some, even now porn and gore are shown in giant screens, and no one cares if you’re eight and going to see “Double Penetrated Shemales 3” so far you pay for your ticket).

    Anyway, we got so high after watching it and fapping for the full 95 minutes that we went out and played soccer with a dead cat in a bag.

    Ah, the good ol’ days!

      1. Yes it is a very strange concept that many, many people share. I too hate animal cruelty of any sort. However I cannot equate an animals life to a human life.

        In my opinion a human life IS worth more than an animals life. That does not mean animals should be treated cruelly or without respect.

  2. God this movie was (and still is ) truly great. Yeah, it’s cheesy and dated today, but it is a great place for those trying to understand mainstream gore to start. I believe I still own a copy of this film, maybe I’ll go dust it off and invite some friends over for a blast from the past.

  3. what the fuck! “if i can get closer to god by doing so then why not” not only did i find it repulsing but that statement was just fucking ridiculous! saying that, i don’t know what it is with me and animals, i’ve cried over a spider thats drowned in my bath water yet i couldn’t cry over the death of my nan and i felt like a fucking scumbag for not crying at my mates funeral a couple of years ago! why the fuck is this? when seeing animals get slaughtered or hurt i’m fucking distraught! which is why i can’t bring my self to watch this, although it is intriguing.

  4. I’m 60 and I remember as a pre-teen my parents used to bring how the old black & white magazines and tabloid papers with all the real stuff, but they wouldn’t let me see it and that is how I got hooked on gore

    This stuff is laughable!
    Who financed this? The early PETA group?
    Sure glad I didn’t pay for this shit way back then!


  5. the opening scene alone – open heart surgery – doesnt look like the real thing… I mean that guy suppose to be asleep under anesthesia but how come his heart seems to be pumping like he just finished a 100meter sprint.

  6. i actually ate my dinner while watching this, i started eating at 0:00 up to the electrocution part where some of the scenes are fake,

    i want to see the other parts of this movie so if someone has it, feel free to post it here, i want more

    with regards to the open heart surgery, i guarantee to maxal that was real, it was actually beating because the brain is still doing its job to supply the necessary things to make a heart beat (and with the help of a machine that assists in continuous blood flow in an open heart surgery), anesthesia makes you feel numb but still, you’re alive, it’s more logical than you think it is,

  7. By the way, probably the first Gore Movie is Mondo Cane (1962, “A Dogs’ World,” probably better translated as “This World Sucks”).

    It had scenes that were gory (at the time, we desensitized assholes can eat a burger while watching Three Men and a Screwdriver) and several things that showed humanity at its most ridiculous.

    A great misanthropic jewel. A lot better if you understand Italian, the dubbing is crap.

  8. @chancho I remember Mondo Cane, I was only a little kid but I remember it being a series of gruesome happenings from around the world ie a beheaded ostrich running around & Africans practicing tribal cutting on kids, I was only about 9 or 10 and I was fascinated with gore even then

  9. I always wanted to see this. Hint: one way to tell the fake parts is by looking for alot of cut scenes at different angles. Real shit happens mostly from a single pespective. I really expected more gore. The autopsy scenes were pretty good. Oh yeah, the heart at the title may have been beating fast if it were a child. Children have faster heartbeats.

  10. I’ve been a fan for a while and finally registered an account. Great movie. I don’t think there’s many videos of executions and I don’t know of any other videos of American executions. Thank you!

  11. Still remember my friends gathering around, at around age 13, to watch Faces of Death. Didn’t watch it then, still can’t watch it because of the violence against animals. Funny. I can watch 3 guys, 1 hammer…The Dagestan massacre video…The chainsaw beheading video…Pretty much any gore with humans in it. But show me a video of a cat being kicked, and I’ll cry for a week. Good to know your limits, I guess.

  12. Now like the description said, most of the movie(s) is fake. However if you want a real compilation of real gore without any re-enactments, “Traces of Death” is what you want. There are five parts to this series and they are truly amazing and very very real. The only gripe I have with the movies is constant death metal in the background. Yes I do love death metal and all other metals but at some point enough is enough. Now listening to Beethoven and Mozart and Bach give the viewing a very Hannibal Lecter feel. Which isn’t half bad at all.

  13. Traces of Death was better, except the part where they torched the live hogs… I still fast-forward through it. I can’t take that shit. And they had Death Metal playing through their videos.

    The first time I watched Faces of Death, my mom had to rent it for me. At the time, it was supposed to be “real” footage… I got so grossed out!

  14. Good times.. good times..
    I saw it as a child while living in Utah (Mormon-ville) and it was illegal in my state! So when a friend got a hold of a copy from another state, it was extra “cool” lol.. not only was it “Taboo” but it was also extra naughty (kid thoughts)..
    honestly the only thing that I remembered after all these years was the animals. Everything else was silly and boring to me, I could care less about the humans.. but the animal abuse may have helped fuel my detest for humanity at an early age 😉
    Now I volunteer for an animal rescue.

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