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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

Complete credited cast:
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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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Release Date:

27 February 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Screaming Sleep  »

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Budget:

$365,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

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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Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #10.8 (1959) See more »

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Solid and overall entertaining
10 May 2013 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

When a series of strange self-mutilations against women occurs throughout the city, the police investigator assigned to the case worries a big-shot hypnotist is responsible and tries to keep his girlfriend from falling under his spell and becoming another victim.

This here was a fairly entertaining if somewhat slightly flawed effort. The main crux of this one is the fact that there's just as much of a mystery angle as there is a horror angle, almost to the point of that being the film's interest rather than the horror since the mutilations take place before the film starts with us getting involved at the most recent attack while the majority of the film takes focus on the police trying to find the cause of the attacks with little effort before stumbling onto the whole affair at the end. This isn't bad at all despite the change in tactics because the mystery is handled nicely with a rather shocking reveal late in the film that makes it a lot more shocking than expected. The few attacks shown are quite gruesome and graphic for the time-period, with one being quite shocking overall. Coupled with a bevy of attractive women and a rather healthy viewpoint of hypnosis and it's effects, this one isn't all that bad.

Today's Rating-PG: Violence.


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