October 29, 2010 | by Lorin Stein
you asked for Hallowe’en reading. This week we asked our favorite cineaste, Richard Brody, to recommend a scary movie:
Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face. It’s from 1960 and it’s still pretty damn creepy. It’s a mad-scientist story of a doctor who captures young women at his compound in order to experiment with transplanting a face onto his daughter’s disfigured one. Franju, inspired by Surrealism, keeps the tone precise and chilly and lets the horrific strangeness emerge in quiet details and jolting juxtapositions. For the macabre-minded, it’s as much an instructional manual as a cautionary tale.