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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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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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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...
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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Private Eyes Are Watching You
19 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

That The Beast With A Million Eyes had a shoe string budget is fairly obvious. Not even a budget for each eye the beast claimed it had.

We never do get to see exactly what the alien from the other world looks like. The space ship looked like a large Dalek, maybe the original producers of Dr. Who might have got the idea from this film. The beast inside looked something like the creature that was taking over people and who Jimmy Hunt was trying to warn us about in Invaders From Mars.

This thing is yet another alien looking for a fresh world to conquer. His kind can control the minds of lower animals and turns docile creatures like a cow, birds, and the family pet dog into beasts of pray against humans. The creature can see all through the eyes of these animals hence the title.

I have to say the film did have an interesting anti-big brother message but it was never quite delivered and the dialog within the family terrorized by the alien was trite and talkie. Paul Birch plays the farm father and Lorna Thayer and Dona Cole are his wife and daughter. Dick Sargent has a supporting role as a deputy sheriff.

Roger Corman was still looking for his muse with this one.


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