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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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Storyline

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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Prepare for a close encounter of the terrifying kind! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

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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James H. Nicholson had come up with a tremendous ad and title and pre-sold the movie to exhibitors. Then they made the movie. When the distributors viewed the finished film, they were disappointed because the ads were so much more interesting. See more »

Goofs

On some occasions, especially when Duke attacks Carol, we hear it bark but its mouth stays closed. See more »

Quotes

Carol Kelley: I don't suppose it really matters, but...
Allan Kelley: Does anything really matter to you anymore?
Carol Kelley: Oh, I'm sorry she heard, I'm... I didn't mean to...
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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Hmm...
19 April 2003 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

A mysterious device arrives from the sky and begins adversely affecting all around it..first it turns ordinary farm animals, pets and birds into deadly and fierce predators and then it begins to affect the humans nearby. I find it interesting that this is one of the first films to depict birds attacking humans and does it surprisingly well despite a meager budget, much better than a certain sequel which will remain nameless.

Also this has an interesting plot device which was afterwards borrowed by many films and TV series (evil alien brains) which makes for a very entertaining climax even if its embracing of the nuclear family ideal, popular in the time, is a little dated for today's audience which will be shouting "cheese".


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