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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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Desmond
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Dodie Wilson
Marcia Henderson ...
Marcia Blaine
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Justine
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
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Emergency Doctor (as James Lydon)
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Doris Scott
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Woman from audience
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Spellbound ... you gaze into the depths of evil as beauty is hypnotized into a thing of torture and terror ... the fate of those who dare to stare ... at the EYE! See more »

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27 February 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Screaming Sleep  »

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Budget:

$365,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The actresses on stage were actually falling into hypnosis. They had been hypnotized earlier and given post-hypnotic triggers that would cause each of them to drop into a trance on cue. The hypnotist was standing off camera and gave each girl a cue that would trigger the suggestion. See more »

Goofs

When Dodie is suspended in air, wires holding her body up can clearly be seen near Desmond's head. See more »

Quotes

King of the Beatniks: "I saw 'Charley's Aunt' in the original uncut version..."
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The Hypnotic Eye (1960) ***
24 October 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Involving story starts out with separate reports of young and beautiful women intentionally disfiguring themselves. Investigators come to think they may be linked to a suave hypnotist (Jacques Bergerac) and his sexy female assistant (Allison Hayes in one of her best roles), so one of the detectives decides to use his own girlfriend as bait. This is a consistently interesting film, even if you have to suspend a good deal of disbelief in accepting how easily the culprit can get away with his schemes. The whole concept feels ahead of its time for the period and there are some surprises, especially in a reveal at the end. Good movie. *** out of ****


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