When three friends on a train are enjoying themselves, a weird hypnotist arrives and takes a seat next to them. The hypnotist has a golden sphere in his hands, and tries to convince the friends that the sphere tells them their past. The first guy holds the sphere, and it opens up, and a vision about him turning into a werewolf presents itself to him. After that, the girl takes a look, and sees a horrible tale about a crazy plastic surgeon. After a few doubts, the last guy takes a look and he sees a story about a sea monster. Who is this weird guy and what did he mean when he said they would see things from their past?
This little anthology film is made by the special effect wizard that did a superb job in movies like "Demons" and "Dellamorte Dellamore", and it's a huge surprise to me that I haven't heard of this film before. Even now, I had to find it in a store myself to hear about it, so it wasn't exactly recommended or anything. I was scrolling through films released by "X-Rated Kult DVD", and I wanted to blind-buy something that looked like cheesy class entertainment. I saw the title "Die 3 Gesichter Der Furcht", and as soon as I saw the cover art for the film, I knew this was my kind of film. After I noticed that Sergio Stivaletti was the director of this little thing, there was no doubt that I had to get this DVD.
The movie is about three friends who meet a strange hypnotist on a train. The hypnotist presents three stories to them, three stories that he says are from their past. The stories are presented through a sphere, and only the person looking into the sphere can see it. The first story we see is "L'Anello Della Luna", which I have no idea what it means, but something with "Moon" (since that's what "Luna" means"), so it was rather obvious that this would be the werewolf segment. I'm a huge werewolf fan, so this story alone would've made me wanna see the film. The story moves on rather nicely, starting with two guys going down into an old catacomb to dig for treasure in return for money. One of the guys (the guy who's past this is supposed to be) steals a ring off of a corpse. This was a bad idea, because not only does it upset the guy who hired them, but it will change his life in a drastic way. You guessed it, he'll turn into a werewolf. The story is pretty short and ends before it's finished (all three does, but we get to see the last part of the stories later in the movie). It's pretty much just a guy doing something so that he turns to a werewolf, when he has turned to a werewolf he chases a girl for a bit, and yeah, that's pretty much it. Atleast that's all I'm telling you. The story isn't a masterpiece, but it's enjoyable. The werewolf looks pretty cool, especially when it's kept in the dark. In light, you can see that it's a suit, but it works enough for me. The transformation is probably my favorite next to the ones in "The Howling" and "An American Werewolf In London", and I wouldn't be surprised if this transformation is a homage to the latter, because it looks alot like it.
The second story, "Un Viso Perfetto (Dr. Lifting)" starts out at a movie set, and not just any movie set, it's the set of "Demons 7", which was pretty fucking funny. What made it even more fun was the fact that Lamberto Bava played himself as the director. An actress on that set wants to do plastic surgery, and she's friends with the girl on the train. When they are sitting at the doctor's office, it's revealed that the girl actually wants to do plastic surgery that will make her look exactly like her friend. The doctor says he needs to take some pictures of the friend, and off they go. When some time has passed and the girl starts wondering where they went, she starts looking for them. Walking through rooms and hallways with weird lighting, she stumbles upon the doctor's dark secret. A room filled with bodies stored in some kind of machines. The story is alot more surreal than the werewolf story, and it uses colored lighting and other visual oddities alot better than the first segment did.
The final segment is called "Il Guardiano Del Lago", which could mean "Guardian of the Lagoon" or something, but really, I don't know. Anyway, this one is about three campers who set out to camp next to a lake. After a weird old man tells them to leave, one of the friends actually do. While he is gone, the other two starts fooling around with eachother, but are interrupted by tentacles. After the guy who left gets a phone call where his friend is screaming, he turns around and goes back, but sadly, he's too late. This is pretty much all we get to see of the story right now, but like with the others, the ending will be shown later on. Sadly, I kinda wish I never did see the ending. I was kinda expecting a quality monster, but instead we get something that can only be explained as a tribute to 50's monsters. It looks stale, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was edited in later. Safe to say that this segment was the worst of the three (with the werewolf being my favorite).
The actors are good, but not as voice actors. I can without a doubt say that this film has some of the most terrible english I have heard, atleast from people who are suppose to act like if they actually are english to begin with. This was a bummer, but I think it was filmed in English so watching it Italian wouldn't be that much better I suppose. Also, "Demons" is one of my favorite films, and I wouldn't say that the voice acting there is very good either. This was one of three issues I had with the film. The second is that the film is shot in digital video. But thanks to Sergio Stivaletti, who clearly is a talented director, we get alot of beautiful shots anyway. The last flaw was that they used plenty of CGI effects. In some cases it works really good (mostly when it's background scenery and such), but scenes like when the sphere is opening up are really shitty.
Neither of these things stops me from thinking that "Three Faces Of Terror" is a very entertaining movie though. I wouldn't be surprised if the film was only made so that Stivaletti could mess around with effects, but it's still a really fun movie. The stories move along fast enough for us to never get bored, and all three stories has either gore or just cool creature effects. It has a good soundtrack, atleast the majority of the time, because there were some gay songs in there that I didn't care for that much, but except for those it was good. I would recommend this film to anyone who just wants to have a fun time. If you enjoy films like "Rawhead Rex", "Deep Rising" and maybe even stuff like "Return To Horror High", I see no reason to why you wouldn't like this film. It's a nice throwback to 80's monster cheese, and while it might not be the best anthology I have ever seen, it sure is one of the most enjoyable for a trash fan like me.