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The Crawling Eye (1958) More at IMDbPro »The Trollenberg Terror (original title)

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The Crawling Eye -- A classic science fiction terror thriller about a weird creature from outer space which survives in the rarefied atmosphere of the Swiss Alps and terrorizes scientists in a remote high-altitude research station. This hideous monster hides in the fog-shrouded cloud of mist and kills its victims by decapitation. As the mysterious cloud descends on the Swiss village of Trollenberg, United Nations science investigator Allan Brooks (Forrest Tucker), Professor Crevett (Warren Mitchell) and a young woman with psychic powers (Janet Munro) must find a way to stop the monster's murderous rampage before it's too late.


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Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
Peter Key (story)
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Release Date:
31 December 1958 (USA) See more »
WARNING: If you've ever been hypnotized, do not come alone! See more »
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
Crew believed to be complete

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

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For its release in America the film was cut down to 75 minutes, because American distributors wanted to get to the monsters faster. The full running length of the film is 84 minutes and is fully restored on the DVD release.See more »
Continuity: 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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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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