The Crawling Eye (1958)
"The Trollenberg Terror" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  31 December 1958 (USA)
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A series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appear to be connected to a mysterious radioactive cloud.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Payne ...
Jennifer Jayne ...
Frederick Schiller ...
Andrew Faulds ...
Stuart Saunders ...
Colin Douglas ...
Derek Sydney ...
Richard Golding ...
George Herbert ...
Anne Sharp ...
German Woman with Little Girl
Leslie Heritage ...
Jeremy Longhurst ...


A remote mountain resort in Switzerland is invaded by horrible alien creatures that like to decapitate humans. The beings are also in telepathic communication with people and inhabit a mysterious, radioactive cloud at the base of the Trollenberg mountain. Written by Jeremy Lunt <>

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A man dissolves...and out of the oozing mist comes the hungry eye, slave to the demon brain! See more »


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Did You Know?


This was the last film produced by Southall Studios, one of the earliest pioneer film studios of the United Kingdom. See more »


In the train scene early on Forrest Tucker is reading a fresh, crisp, unwrinkled newspaper when Janet Munro has one of her bad spells and falls in his lap. As she falls, Tucker's newspaper looks like it has gone through a few takes already. See more »


Philip Truscott: Cute little things, aren't they?
Alan Brooks: Yeah. I'm gonna throw a bomb at that one. You watch on the screen, see what happens.
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Crazy Credits

The films opening credits flash onto the screen when the passenger train rolls into the darkness of a tunnel. See more »


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Great movie, bad eyeball
27 August 2002 | by (Palm Springs) – See all my reviews

A well directed film that really gives you the creeps - until the end, when the special effects give you a cramp from laughing. Two scenes stand out as exceptional. An alien-possessed climber returns to the lodge and tries to act human, without success. It could be slapstick but is quite chilling. After the lodge is evacuated, there is a very long, slow pan of the empty room which is extraordinarily eerie. The dramatic appearance of the actual crawling eyes at the end of the film really outcamps most other campy special effects in this genre. This film should not be missed by anyone who loves great terrible films.

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