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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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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 <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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The nightmare terror of the slithering eye that unleashed agonizing horror on a screaming world! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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31 December 1958 (USA)  »

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The Crawling Eye  »

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Trivia

Warren Mitchell was a 11th hour choice after the original choice went on holiday (interview in book X Cert). See more »

Goofs

Trollenberg isn't in Switzerland nor in the Alps. The travel posters in the Trollenberg train station depict the Matterhorn probably as seen from Zermatt, Switzerland. Trollenberg however is actually located in Germany's Black Forest nearly 400 KM away. The closest rail station access to Trollenberg is in Loßburg about 4 KM away. Zermatt, however in the shadow of the Matterhorn, does have a train station and cable gondola service to Furi and Schwarzsee. See more »

Quotes

First Student Climber: You idiot! We nearly had him. Why did you let him go?
Second Student Climber: Didn't you see?
First Student Climber: What are you talking about?
Second Student Climber: His head! It was torn off!
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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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Warren Mitchell
17 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I can't believe that none of the reviews here have talked about the fact that Warren Mitchell co-stars. Yes, THAT Warren Mitchell, before he became famous for playing Alf Garnett. Forget about Forrest Tucker and all the others. If you're a fan of Mitchell's sitcom work, you should see this film just to get some idea of how his career got started.

It's a good job Mitchell didn't have to keep doing Swiss-German accents in future roles. He's a good actor, but can't really do any accent except for cockney! But if you can ignore his dodgy accent, he turns in a great little performance here.

And it's quite a good film too. Nothing special, but nothing awful either. The only really crap thing about it is the effects of the crawling eyes themselves. Luckily they don't appear until over halfway through, and by then we're already hooked by the performances and atmosphere.

That's one reason why I've always preferred the real title, "The Trollenburg Terror". Why did the Americans rename it after the WORST part of the film? I can just imagine American audiences getting impatient ("So, how long until we see this crawling eye?") and then being very disappointed when it finally appears! What were the distributors thinking?


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