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

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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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Trivia

John Carpenter has said that this film, with its creatures hidden in the clouds, was the inspiration for his film The Fog (1980). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Featured in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Terror (2010) See more »

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X-Files, 1950s style. But better!
2 May 2005 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

I have a huge and very soft spot for 1950s sci-fi films with freakish aliens and/or monsters. Be forewarned - my view of this film is definitely colored by my unhealthy interest in these films.

This is a true archetypal classic of the genre.

*** Weird psychic sisters, *** alien mystery clouds, *** giant creeping cyclopes with tentacles, *** secret government agencies investigating the paranormal, *** possession, *** zombies, ***

Forest Tucker(!)

  • it's all here.


This is a very entertaining low-fi, low-brow, B/W monster movie. I am convinced that the writers were asked to include every element of contemporary supernatural, sci fi and imaginative fiction stories and, kudos to them - they pulled it off! Stephen King's Dreamcatcher owes a huge debt to this beauty. If you think about it, Dreamcatcher is almost a rewrite of this film, with aliens that are just a little less ridiculous and a different narrative. And the biggest surprise of all - Forest Tucker can act! His F Troop character was not the only personality in his repertoire!

Remarkably, the absurdity of the plot is not used as an excuse for exceedingly bad special effects.

This is a little gem of a 50s pulp film. It's goofy as hell, fun, well executed, and well worth a sleepless night. Far more entertaining that the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and many others.


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