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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
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Justine
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Marcia Blaine
Joe Patridge ...
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Fred Demara ...
Hospital Doctor
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King of the Beatniks
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Dr. Philip Hecht
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Doris Scott
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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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BEWARE HIS HYPNOTIC POWER that turns human flesh into helpless robots! See more »

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27 February 1960 (USA)  »

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The Screaming Sleep  »

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$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 »

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King of the Beatniks: "I saw 'Charley's Aunt' in the original uncut version..."
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What's with the name "Desmond"?
5 June 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

My 10/10 rating of course only applies if you're totally into B-movies from the era of poodle skirts and pompadours; other people will find "The Hypnotic Eye" worthless. A previous reviewer said that this movie is practically impossible to find. Fortunately, I can tell you exactly where to find it: the 1950s/1960s horror/sci-fi section in Movie Madness, a video/DVD store in Portland, Oregon.

Anyway, here's the plot. Perplexing magician Desmond (Jacques Bergerac) is hypnotizing young women with an "eye" and getting them to mutilate themselves; for example, one woman sets her hair on fire. Naturally, a detective starts investigating, and discovers more than he bargained for.

Overall, it's the average campy flick from that period. The only other cast member whom I recognized was Allison Hayes, better known as the 50 Ft Woman. As for Jacques Bergerac, he also appeared on "The Dick Van Dyke Show", and as a villain on the old "Batman" TV series. Speaking of anything, why's his character named "Desmond"? I only know that name from "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" and from Desmond Dekker (RIP). The things that we see in life.


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