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Ask Movie Slate - Fiend without a Face

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Ask Movie Slate - Episode 198

Featuring Brainy-Twilight created by the awesome :iconairship-king:

Sometimes some ideas come on their own, but other times it's impossible to get them to work until something clicks right into place. The problem with an Ask Pony Blog is that you depend on your followers to send you questions, so if people don't send the right movie to Movie Slate I can't work on a picture for it. It's been a while since I've wanted to draw this picture and it feels absolutely great to get it done!

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Fiend Without a Face" is one of those movies I didn't discover on my own but thanks to Mr. James Rolfe and his video series "Monster Madness". Only recently I've managed to get it on DVD so I've watched it and I can count myself among its fans. It's a movie about a scientist trying to build a machine to control objects with his mind, and instead he ends up creating a bunch of monsters made out of pure thoughts. A simple and cheesy premise that the makers of this movie take advantage of in every possible way. It is a pretty "archaic" movie considering it's subject matter (you know, all the fear of nuclear power, scientists being the ones putting the world at risk and the Army coming to save the day) but it never hammers any of these points too hard and in the end it's a group effort that drives the story to its happy ending. Hell, it even has one of the most competent female characters in a B-Movie ever, that's pretty rare for a movie made at the end of the 50's. Also the stop-motion and animatronic effects in this movie are delightful. They can be a bit jittery sometimes but they are the good kind, the kind that makes the monsters either scarier or funnier. So despite its shortcomings it's a pretty good movie (pretty short too at barely 70 minutes long) that you guys should give a look to. I can totally recommend it.

It feels good to work on a Movie Slate update that's black and white again. I was originally going to make it full color, then I tried making it sepia toned, and in the end I went for greyscale. It's what works best with a b-movie that's shot entirely in black and white, plus it was awesome having the chance to draw these Fiends. It's a shame they are not more popular among movie monsters. I've never seen a creature with a design such as this one. I say we should bring them back, they deserve being next to the xenomorphs from Alien, don't you think?

I hope you guys enjoy the picture!


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MisterJones4899's avatar
Something that irked me about this movie was that the monsters became visible after getting more power.  I would think the opposite would make a lot more sense.
ardashir's avatar
It's definitely a cool 50's monster movie, and worth a watch.
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jamescorckProfessional Digital Artist
Agreed! It was a pleasing surprise, all thanks to James Rolfe's Monster Madness.
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I do not get it, that flavor has a brain that all space creature and zombie wants to eat one?

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jamescorckProfessional Digital Artist
It's more like the brains come into existence due to a mix of human thoughts and nuclear radiation. And they suck people's brains out and turn them into zombies. It's a pretty neat movie.
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greivous1214Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YES!!!! I'M THE ONE WHO ASKED FOR THIS! I am a dummy! 
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jamescorckProfessional Digital Artist
Oh no shit :D You're piecheese1214?

Awesome! Thank you so much for suggesting this movie, man.
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greivous1214Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, man! I hope to suggest another some day!
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jamescorckProfessional Digital Artist
I'll be looking forward to it!
JustJoeKing's avatar
Eat his brain til he's zombified. Hehe..... >8)
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jamescorckProfessional Digital Artist
Shall be sautéed with garlic and white wine.
AJR001's avatar
Brrrraaaaaiiiinnnnssss... :XD:
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jamescorckProfessional Digital Artist
AND LOTS OF THEM!

Careful when shooting at them, they make gooey sounds.
Tiylos's avatar
Wow, talk about nostalgia.  I missed this movie, I really did.  Glad to know I can find out what it is called again! Take care!
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It's the best type, the one that's about horror movies and terrible monsters.

I recommend you to try and get it on DVD. This is a movie worth preserving.
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Daiskida's avatar
Huh, I actually wonder if this movie would make a good rifftrax material.
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It actually would. I wonder if the RiffTrax guys have done one of this.
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Lol, gross but funny.
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jamescorckProfessional Digital Artist
Gross? Don't say that! You'll make the poor little things cry.
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jamescorckProfessional Digital Artist
XD The best kind of thumbs up, the gory ones!
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I've always like those kind of movies from the 50's. What a difference fifty years makes. 
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That's what evolving is all about, man.
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