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Exclusive: "Faces of Death" Revived at Universal

10/26/2006 1:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Breaking News: When the British poet George Herbert wrote, "Death, thou wast once an uncouth hideous thing..." clearly, he had Rogue Pictures in mind.

Faces of DeathYes, "Faces of Death" -- the horrific snuff film "shock-you-mentary" of the late 70's that proudly claimed to have been "banned in 46 countries!" -- is back from the grave, just in time for Halloween.

This time around, it's being produced by "Transformers" producer Don Murphy of Angry Films, as well as Murphy partners Rick Benattar and Susan Montford. John Burrud, who, with his father, produced the original films, will executive produce the new film. No stranger to controversy, Murphy has produced films like "Natural Born Killers" in the 90's, and in this decade, the hot potato "Bully."

Now before you fire off an appalled, angry letter to Rogue Pictures president Andrew Rona, hear this: Despite its prurient title and concept, Murphy et al. have hired a director who's actually one of the more contemplative on the subject of human expiration and voyeurism, J.T. Petty.

Petty, you might remember, brought his documentary "S&MAN" (pronounced "Sandman") to the Toronto Film Festival to widespread acclaim. In "S&DMAN," Petty delves into the disturbing world of underground simulated snuff films, wherein victims are "dispatched" with all manner of grisly, albeit faux, torture. Despite its fringe-y subject matter, Petty's "S&DMAN" was essentially an indictment of mainstream horror films, pictures, he argues, that are rooted in the same voyeuristic leanings which sell such freakish fetish videos. "S&MAN" impolitely asked horror genre aficionados to question just why they so enjoy watching human suffering so much.

Meanwhile, Murphy has maintained his sense of humor about his part in the exploitative series.

"People believed the original videos were actual snuff films," said Murphy, adding, "I have a list of people in Hollywood that might be worth filming this time around...if Universal will let us."

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The Dudeson    

you can still order the original FOD DVDs from www.facesofdeath.com. i tried ebay, but it looks like they don't allow the series

2878 days ago
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Charles Fortier    

How come Don Murphy gets to do all the cool movies?

2919 days ago
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jenpower    

I think Don Murphy gets these movies because he is extremely smart, works his ass off and never takes no for an answer, I hear he is a good guy too.

2919 days ago
4.

John Smith    

No it's how Don Murphy turn a supposely cool franchise by dumbing it down into a stupid remake by not being accurate to it's original. Don is a greedy hack producer and he is fading real fast in Hollywood. He hasn't produced anything good in years ,and has the bad habit of bad mouthing people behind their backs. Remember the Quentin Tarantino incident? Well that's the explanation for his lack of both courage and honor.

2919 days ago
5.

Don Wright    

Don Murphy is the frickin' BAM, man. Don't be talking smack about the frickin' BAM.

2919 days ago
6.

B-    

I LOVE the old Faces of Death movies where can i get a copy

2918 days ago
7.

chunk    

Yea Haw !!! Scare the sh*t out me and TRY to make it gross enough !! Ilove this stuff, I had the movie way back then, & this girl is freakier even now
Chunk,
Georgia

2918 days ago
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confused    

So "Faces of Death" were NOT real ? ? That's Crazy. They looked real and i almost even cried cuz i felt BAD. But i haven't seen them in a long time . were can you rent them?

2917 days ago
9.

Sammy Davis, Jr.    

Mondo Cane is way better.

For all of you "sickos" looking for hard to find movies.

Warning, Adult age 21 links. If you are a kid with a computer, your parents are BAD parents.

2917 days ago

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