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The Hypnotic Eye (1960)

Approved | | Horror | 27 February 1960 (USA)
A mysterious hypnotist is suspected by the police for being responsible for a wave of female mutilation victims.



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Cast overview:
Dodie Wilson
Marcia Henderson ...
Marcia Blaine
Joe Patridge ...
Det. Sgt. Dave Kennedy
Fred Demara ...
Hospital Doctor
Lawrence Lipton ...
King of the Beatniks
Eric Nord ...
Bongo Drummer (as Eric 'Big Daddy' Nord)
Guy Prescott ...
Dr. Philip Hecht
Emergency Doctor
Doris Scott
Evan MacNeil ...


The city is stricken by a wave of self-mutilations performed by beautiful women who seem to be in a hypnotic trance. The authorities suspect a stage hypnotist with a popular act, but the stakes are raised when the hypnotist sets his sights on the girlfriend of the detective investigating the case. What is the hypnotist's secret, and why does it seem to involve his beautiful assistant? Written by acidxian

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Release Date:

27 February 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Screaming Sleep  »

Box Office


$365,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


In a small role as a "hospital doctor" is Fred Demara, otherwise known as Ferdinand W. Demara, whose own life story was being depicted that same year in The Great Impostor (1961) starring Tony Curtis. See more »


King of the Beatniks: "I saw 'Charley's Aunt' in the original uncut version..."
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Featured in Fantastic Fantasy Fright-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996) See more »

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Excellent mystery played for horror
24 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before the jaded, post "Star Wars" audiences took over, there were "B" films, independent films and foreign films all playing at those comfortable neighborhood theaters and drive-ins. "The Hypnotic Eye" is one of the best.

Featuring crisp, moody black and white cinematography, a wonderful main title theme and excellent performances from its cast, this offbeat thriller was somewhat influenced by the popularity of quality detective series, like "Naked City," appearing on television at the time. "The Hypnotic Eye" combines a solid mystery story with hard-hitting horror effects for a chilling and satisfying ride.

This was one of the first movies I can recall seeing as a child, as a re-run on TV. I was drawn in by its atmosphere and attractive cast. The end seemed very exciting to me and over 40 years later, I can still enjoy it through adult eyes.

Younger audiences, desensitized by the vulgarity of the post-modern world, its drug culture, hippies and bombastic films will be completely unable to understand this film. However, in the context of the era in which it was produced--1960--it is impactful and entertaining.

If you're over 45 and haven't seen it, check it out.

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