Scalpel

1977

Drama / Horror / Thriller

2
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 593

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Director

Cast

Sandy Martin as Sandy
Robert Lansing as Dr. Phillip Reynolds
Judith Chapman as Heather / Jane
720p.BLU
873.33 MB
1280*688
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 35 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Carrigon 10 / 10

Great Twisted Southern Soap!

This movie has a great plot. It's fast paced and fun. And it's full of surprises. There's lots of southern flavor here, even a funeral with a jazz band playing and lots of people actually dancing at it. This movie is a classic. It's best to see only the uncut version.

Reviewed by HumanoidOfFlesh 8 / 10

Pretty twisted psychodrama.

A psychopathic plastic surgeon transforms a young accident victim into the spitting image of his missing daughter,because he wants to inherit the family fortune which have been willed to his daughter.He who reconstructs the mutilated face of a go-go dancer into the likeness of his missing daughter"Scalpel" is a very taut and fascinating psychothriller with excellent central performances of Robert Lansing and Judith Chapman.The atmosphere is suitably sleazy and there is a bit of nasty violence including fairly graphic head bashing.Overall,if you are into twisted Southern psychodramas give this one a look.8 out of 10.

Reviewed by lost-in-limbo 7 / 10

"He thought I was some sort of Frankenstein"

"Scalpel" aka "False Face" is a soberly sturdy little southern Gothic dramatic thriller that might not have the pulsating thrills sprinkled throughout but the solid performances (Robert Lansing perfectly portrays one really twisted character underneath the solemnly overconfident façade) and a laconic narrative pulls you through by throwing up some offbeat occurrences (possible incest) and tension-grabbing surprises. It's humid soap opera stuff with many complications surfacing, as the harboured dementia (Lansing's laugh shows glimpses of it) lurking beneath goes onto tear a gaping hole in the trust, as lust enters the mind.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Reynolds learns at the will reading of his deceased father-in-law that his daughter (who has been missing for some time now and his violent tendencies might just have something to do with that) has inherited the family fortune of 5 million dollars. This makes Reynolds and his brother-in-law Bradley (who only received the pooch) angry and annoyed. Later that night while driving the pair come across a badly beaten go-go dancer that won't give out any personal details, so Reynolds secretly offers the girl the chance of inheriting some of his daughter's fortune if she agrees to allow him to reconstruct her face - just like his daughter and act like her. She accepts, and the scheme is in motion. Everything is going according to plan, that's until the real daughter appears on the scene.

Quite an interestingly chameleon-like and slow-grinding psychological drama, as it does bestow some powerfully suggestive images. Leading the way would be the father-daughter affection, especially the warped nature when he transforms the go-go dancer into his daughter. There it begins a creepy attraction --- was it always there --- did it serve for the death of his wife and his daughter's boyfriend? Though things really do get compelling when his real daughter shows up, as some instances will have you guessing to how it will actually progress. The true beauty or the cheap imitation. The performances are spot on; Margaret Chapman is simply wonderful playing two roles by bringing the right shades and mannerisms to her two very different characters, despite the appearances. Arlen Dean Snyder provides a lively turn as Bradley, where his suspicion gets the better of him. Writer / director John (the man behind the 1987 twin slasher "Blood Rage") Grissmer does a workmanlike job, rather accomplished but never truly exciting and a bit murky. However the dry air works in its favour, where the exhaustively moody music score blends well with the dramas and southern setting.

A genuinely well-devised and clinical curio.

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