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A 1958 British sci-fi/horror film directed by Arthur Crabtree, based on the ''Magazine/WeirdTales'' short story "Literature/TheThoughtMonster" by Amelia Reynolds Long.

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A 1958 British sci-fi/horror SciFiHorror film directed by Arthur Crabtree, based on the ''Magazine/WeirdTales'' short story "Literature/TheThoughtMonster" by Amelia Reynolds Long.


* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Walgate smokes several. [[spoiler:In fact, it's what gives him away as the guy who locks Jeff in the crypt when he accidentally left his very distinctive pipe behind.]]

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* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Walgate smokes several. [[spoiler:In fact, it's what gives him away as the guy who locks Jeff in the crypt when he accidentally left leaves his very distinctive pipe behind.]]


* {{Foreshadowing}}: A mild (and probably unintentional) one. Atomic engineer Pete says, "Okay, but it's your funeral. [[{{Beat}} ....]] [[ForeseeingMyDeath Mine too, probably]]." [[spoiler:He's the guy getting brain-sucked in the page image.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: A mild (and probably unintentional) one. Atomic engineer Pete Peterson says, "Okay, but it's your funeral. [[{{Beat}} ....]] [[ForeseeingMyDeath Mine too, probably]]." [[spoiler:He's the guy getting brain-sucked in the page image.]]

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* NamedByTheAdaptation: Hawkins. The mayor didn't have a name in "The Thought Monster."


A 1958 British sci-fi/horror film directed by Arthur Crabtree, based on the ''Magazine/WeirdTales'' short story ''Literature/TheThoughtMonster'' by Amelia Reynolds Long.

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A 1958 British sci-fi/horror film directed by Arthur Crabtree, based on the ''Magazine/WeirdTales'' short story ''Literature/TheThoughtMonster'' "Literature/TheThoughtMonster" by Amelia Reynolds Long.



* AdaptationExpansion: The bulk of the deaths in ''The Thought Monster'' happen in relatively quick succession at the beginning. Screenwriter Herbert J. Leder spaces them out more here in the film to pad the story out.
* AdaptationNameChange: Psychic Michael Cummings from ''The Thought Monster'' is now US Air Force officer Major Jeff Cummings.

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* AdaptationExpansion: The bulk of the deaths in ''The "The Thought Monster'' Monster" happen in relatively quick succession at the beginning. Screenwriter Herbert J. Leder spaces them out more here in the film to pad the story out.
* AdaptationNameChange: Psychic Michael Cummings from ''The "The Thought Monster'' Monster" is now US Air Force officer Major Jeff Cummings.



* CanonForeigner: Barbara Griselle. The closest thing Walgate has to an assistant in the short story is a housekeeper, Mrs. Jenson. Ditto the Air Force characters, who weren't present in ''The Thought Monster''.

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* CanonForeigner: Barbara Griselle. The closest thing Walgate has to an assistant in the short story is a housekeeper, Mrs. Jenson. Ditto the Air Force characters, who weren't present in ''The "The Thought Monster''.Monster."



* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Walgate]]. He survives in ''The Thought Monster'', although he goes insane.

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* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Walgate]]. He survives in ''The "The Thought Monster'', Monster", although he goes insane.


* CanonForeigner: Barbara Griselle. The closest thing Walgate has to an assistant in the short story is a housekeeper. Ditto the Air Force characters, who weren't present in ''The Thought Monster''.

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* CanonForeigner: Barbara Griselle. The closest thing Walgate has to an assistant in the short story is a housekeeper.housekeeper, Mrs. Jenson. Ditto the Air Force characters, who weren't present in ''The Thought Monster''.


* CanonForeigner: Babara Griselle. The closest thing Walgate has to an assistant in the short story is a housekeeper. Ditto the Air Force characters, who weren't present in ''The Thought Monster''.

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* CanonForeigner: Babara Barbara Griselle. The closest thing Walgate has to an assistant in the short story is a housekeeper. Ditto the Air Force characters, who weren't present in ''The Thought Monster''.


A 1958 British-American horror film directed by Arthur Crabtree, based on the ''Magazine/WeirdTales'' short story ''Literature/TheThoughtMonster'' by Amelia Reynolds Long.

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A 1958 British-American horror British sci-fi/horror film directed by Arthur Crabtree, based on the ''Magazine/WeirdTales'' short story ''Literature/TheThoughtMonster'' by Amelia Reynolds Long.


''Fiend Without a Face'' is a 1958 British-American horror film directed by Arthur Crabtree. It was based on the ''Magazine/WeirdTales'' short story ''Literature/TheThoughtMonster'' by Amelia Reynolds Long.

At a base in UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}, the US Air Force is conducting long-range radar tests to try and get a leg up on [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar those pesky Russians]]. The people living near the base don't like how the aircraft spook their animals, and the churlish Mayor Hawkins is spreading nasty rumors about the possible [[NuclearNasty side effects]] of radiation from the atomic reactor powering the American radar equipment.

One night, people hear a [[HellIsThatNoise mysterious thumping]], [[HellIsThatNoise schlurking noise]], followed by a [[ScreamDiscretionShot blood-curdling scream]] and the discovery of a corpse with a look of frozen horror on his face. More victims follow. This gives the locals (especially Hawkins) the ammo they need to bring grievances to the feet of base commander Colonel Butler and his second in command, Major Jeff Cummings. Butler tasks Jeff with solving the mystery to restore good relations with the Canadians. He starts seeing Barbara Griselle, the sister of the first victim. She works as a typist for a scientist named Professor Walgate.

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''Fiend Without a Face'' is a A 1958 British-American horror film directed by Arthur Crabtree. It was Crabtree, based on the ''Magazine/WeirdTales'' short story ''Literature/TheThoughtMonster'' by Amelia Reynolds Long.

At a base in UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}, the US U.S. Air Force is conducting long-range radar tests to try and get a leg up on [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar those pesky Russians]]. The people living near the base don't like how the aircraft spook their animals, and the churlish Mayor Hawkins (James Dyrenforth) is spreading nasty rumors about the possible [[NuclearNasty side effects]] of radiation from the atomic reactor powering the American radar equipment.

One night, people hear a [[HellIsThatNoise mysterious thumping]], [[HellIsThatNoise schlurking noise]], followed by a [[ScreamDiscretionShot blood-curdling scream]] and the discovery of a corpse with a look of frozen horror on his face. More victims follow. This gives the locals (especially Hawkins) locals, led by Hawkins, the ammo they need to bring grievances to the feet of base commander Colonel Butler (Stanley Maxted) and his second in command, second-in-command, Major Jeff Cummings.Cummings (Marshall Thompson). Butler tasks Jeff with solving the mystery to restore good relations with the Canadians. He starts seeing Barbara Griselle, Griselle (Kim Parker), the sister of the first victim. She works as a typist for a scientist named Professor Walgate.
Walgate (Kynaston Reeves).


''Fiend Without a Face'' is a 1958 British-American coproduction directed by Arthur Crabtree. It was based on the ''Magazine/WeirdTales'' short story ''Literature/TheThoughtMonster'' by Amelia Reynolds Long.

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''Fiend Without a Face'' is a 1958 British-American coproduction horror film directed by Arthur Crabtree. It was based on the ''Magazine/WeirdTales'' short story ''Literature/TheThoughtMonster'' by Amelia Reynolds Long.


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At a base in CanadaEh, the US Air Force is conducting long-range radar tests to try and get a leg up on [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar those pesky Russians]]. The people living near the base don't like how the aircraft spook their animals, and the churlish Mayor Hawkins is spreading nasty rumors about the possible [[NuclearNasty side effects]] of radiation from the atomic reactor powering the American radar equipment.

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At a base in CanadaEh, UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}, the US Air Force is conducting long-range radar tests to try and get a leg up on [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar those pesky Russians]]. The people living near the base don't like how the aircraft spook their animals, and the churlish Mayor Hawkins is spreading nasty rumors about the possible [[NuclearNasty side effects]] of radiation from the atomic reactor powering the American radar equipment.



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* UsefulNotes/ColdWar



* DiscretionShot: Averted. Except for the very first victim, we see all of the attacks onscreen. Interestingly, although the scenes of people getting their brains sucked out are free of gore (even when the fiends become visible), the shots of the fiends themselves getting killed are quite gruesome for a 1950s film. We see them shot repeatedly, complete with oozing, splurting brain matter and gobs of what's supposed to be blood but looks more like chunky salsa or thick goopy jam.


* MayorPain: Hawkins, full stop.

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* MayorPain: Hawkins, full stop.Hawkins is (more or less) the incompetent variety.

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* MayorPain: Hawkins, full stop.

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