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The Trollenberg Terror
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Writers:
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
Peter Key (story)
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Release Date:
31 December 1958 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
WARNING: If you've ever been hypnotized, do not come alone! See more »
Plot:
A series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appear to be connected to a mysterious radioactive cloud. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Quentin Lawrence 
 
Writing credits
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)

Peter Key (story)

Produced by
Robert S. Baker .... producer
Monty Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stanley Black 
 
Cinematography by
Monty Berman 
 
Film Editing by
Henry Richardson 
 
Art Direction by
Duncan Sutherland 
 
Makeup Department
Eleanor Jones .... makeup artist
Joy Vigo .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Ronald Liles .... production supervisor (as Ronald C. Lisles)
Charles Permane .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Norman Harrison .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Richard A. Smith .... sound recordist (as Dick Smith)
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Desmond Davis .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Stanley Black .... conductor
 
Other crew
Yvonne Richards .... continuity
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Trollenberg Terror" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
Germany:82 min | USA:84 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2006) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Trivia:
It had been a TV serial before becoming a film, Laurence Payne and Stuart Saunders reprise their roles from the serial. In the original production, the creatures were called "Ixodes."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Forrest Tucker is talking on the wall phone, the watch on his left wrist appears and disappears throughout the scene.See more »
Quotes:
Prof. Crevett:Da cloud has moved. It is at da foot of da South Col. Where da hut is.See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
An under-appreciated gem., 31 October 1999
Author: Timothy L. Fox from Frankfort, IN

This film has too much bad rap. Most people just pass it off as another "bad 50's sci-fi flick". You want bad? See THE CRAWLING HAND or BRIDE OF THE MONSTER.

The plot, adapted from the BBC teleserial, brings our attention to Forrest Tucker an American who bears a striking resemblance to Paul Birch. Anyway, he meets a touring telepathic sister act including Jennifer Jayne and Janet Munro (star of plenty of Disney flicks; and mother of Caroline Munro?). After stopping at a small town in Switzerland called Trollenberg, Forrest goes up to a secret lab and meets a goofy German scientist, in which he reveals he came to this place to study a radioactive, stationary cloud. What's inside? Well, if you can't tell from the title, there's no hope for you. In terms of acting, suspense, and writing (courtesy of Hammer regular Jimmy Sangster), this film holds up pretty well today. But the effects are mediocre, but cool-looking; the eyes emit a cool sound when attacked. But there are some stretches of belief: Forrest doesn't act like he knows what the cloud is, and yet later we find out he dealed in a similar experiment in The Andes! But some creepy moments later make up for this, like the beginning sequence, in which the group of students find their friend headless. (But how could he scream when he was falling if his head was already chopped off? Oh Well.)

Still, this film does make for some funny spoofs, like the imitation on the cartoon FREAKAZOID and being notable as the first movie ever made fun of by MST3K. It must be a step forward somehow.

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