Best haunted office-in-the-home movie

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001787" title="Georges Franju" href="/topic/entertainment/georges-franju-PECLB001787.topic">Georges Franju</a>'s 1959 <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV000003246" title="Eyes Without a Face (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/eyes-without-a-face-%28movie%29-ENMV000003246.topic">"Eyes Without a Face"</a> is a hyper-aesthetic horror classic with more impact than any gorefest. Like some exotic arachnid, it transfixes, then stings you. Pierre Brasseur stars as a surgeon who lays waste to one young beauty after another as he attempts to replace his daughter's face -- totaled in a car accident -- with massive skin grafts. When the daughter isn't being summoned for the next attempt at her repair, she wanders through the corridors of their house like a sadly graceful, wounded alien. Although the film is based on a novel by Jean Redon, it may remind Americans of Hawthorne's great short story "The Birthmark" -- a fable of a scientist who strives for physical perfection at all costs. Franju wickedly juxtaposes grisliness and idealism, while contrasting our childish love for all things shiny and new with our childish fear that their ruin signals damnation. Noting "the elaborate contrasts in clothing -- satin, leather, rubber, and toweling," and "the black branches dancing in car headlights or reflected black-on-black, in the sleek 'skin' of a Citroen," the British critic Raymond Durgnat gave this movie just the right creepy encomium: he called it "an epidermal film." (Thomas Narcejac and Pierre Boileau, who cowrote the original novels of "Diabolique" and "Vertigo," collaborated with Redon, Pierre Gascar, and the future director Claude Sautet on the script.)
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Georges Franju's 1959 "Eyes Without a Face" is a hyper-aesthetic horror classic with more impact than any gorefest. Like some exotic arachnid, it transfixes, then stings you. Pierre Brasseur stars as a surgeon who lays waste to one young beauty after another as he attempts to replace his daughter's face -- totaled in a car accident -- with massive skin grafts. When the daughter isn't being summoned for the next attempt at her repair, she wanders through the corridors of their house like a sadly graceful, wounded alien. Although the film is based on a novel by Jean Redon, it may remind Americans of Hawthorne's great short story "The Birthmark" -- a fable of a scientist who strives for physical perfection at all costs. Franju wickedly juxtaposes grisliness and idealism, while contrasting our childish love for all things shiny and new with our childish fear that their ruin signals damnation. Noting "the elaborate contrasts in clothing -- satin, leather, rubber, and toweling," and "the black branches dancing in car headlights or reflected black-on-black, in the sleek 'skin' of a Citroen," the British critic Raymond Durgnat gave this movie just the right creepy encomium: he called it "an epidermal film." (Thomas Narcejac and Pierre Boileau, who cowrote the original novels of "Diabolique" and "Vertigo," collaborated with Redon, Pierre Gascar, and the future director Claude Sautet on the script.)

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