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The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  15 June 1955 (USA)
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A dysfunctional family operating an isolated date farm in the California desert is threatened by the arrival of an extra-terrestrial.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Birch ...
Allan Kelley
Lorna Thayer ...
Carol Kelley
Dona Cole ...
Sandra Kelley
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Deputy Larry Brewster (as Richard Sargeant)
Leonard Tarver ...
Him aka Carl
Bruce Whitmore ...
The Beast (voice)
Chester Conklin ...
Ben Webber
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An alien space craft lands in the desert. The alien takes over the minds of some of the local humans and animals and is able to see through them. The animals attack and the terror begins. Written by <cwe@cwe.sdi.agate.net>

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desert | california | farm | date farm | alien | See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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15 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Beast with 1,000,000 Eyes!  »

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$23,000 (estimated)
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According to American International Pictures head Samuel Z. Arkoff, Roger Corman's contract called for four films at a budget of $100,000 each. By the time it came to "The Beast with a Million Eyes," the fourth film in the series, there was only $29,000 to $30,000 left, so Arkoff signed off on shooting the picture non-union in Palm Springs. See more »

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When Sandy is leaving the kitchen to go swimming, as in some other similar shots, the door which supposedly leads outside obviously opens to a studio interior. This is also the reason why the kitchen windows are always curtained, and the outside view is never visible through them. See more »

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Carol Kelley: I don't suppose it really matters, but...
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Allan Kelley: You say a lot of things you don't mean, Carol. But you still say them, don't ya?
Carol Kelley: Yes. I'm not easy to get along with am I? Oh, I don't know. I think I could stand it, except for
[looking at the horizon]
Carol Kelley: out there... all that wasteland and mountains. We might as well be on another planet. Oh, Alan without Sandy I don't know what would happen to me. It'd be just...
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a cheapo dog-and-pony show minus the dog and pony
27 March 2005 | by (sparks nv) – See all my reviews

"The Beast with a Million Eyes" was made with whatever money was leftover from the original budget fronted to Roger Corman by American-International for 4 separate films, and, brother, it looks it. Okay, we realize that many actors will take nearly anything that comes their way - after all, they hafta eat, too - and some, like a very young Dick Sargent, must pay their dues, but really. . .! This film is so

cheaply done, so execrably written, that it actually becomes an effort just to sit through it. The word is that even Sam Arkoff, co-head at AIP, winced at the final product, and that's saying something. While it is true that Roger Corman was known for being able to grind out movies very quickly on very small budgets, this film is just plain terrible, rivaling "Plan 9" as being perhaps the worst sci-fi film ever made. Even "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" had a better-looking spaceship! If miles of stock footage of barnyard animals, or just animals in general, is your thing, have at it; otherwise, forget this awful loser. Truly, a burdock of Biblical proportions.


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