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Cast

  (in credits order)
John Ashley ... Stan Kenyon
Cynthia Hull ... Susan Rogers
Warren Hammack ... Lt. Robertson
Chet Davis ... Mike Lawrence
Bill Peck ... Carl Fenton
Ethan Allen
Charles McLine ... Old Man Bailey
Nathan Wyle ... Col. Harrison
Bob Cowan ... Cpl. Culver
Tony Huston ... Culver's Sergeant (as Tony Houston)
Jonathan Ledford (as Johnathan Ledford)
Shirley McLine ... Diner Waitress
Bob Brown
Donna Lindberg ... Harold's Girlfriend
Larry Tanner
Gordon Bulow
Jody Daniels ... Man in Diner
Travis Wayne
George Edgley ... Elderly Detective (as George Edgely)
Bill Thurman ... Sergeant on Guard
Hillman Taylor
Edwin Cherry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Graves ... Narrator of USAF Briefing Film (uncredited)
Robert Bob Kelly ... USAF General (uncredited)

Directed by
Larry Buchanan 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul W. Fairman  short story "The Cosmic Frame" (uncredited)
Robert J. Gurney Jr.  uncredited
Al Martin  uncredited

Produced by
Larry Buchanan .... producer
Edwin Tobolowsky .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter (uncredited)
Ronald Stein (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ralph K. Johnson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
S.F. Brownrigg 
 
Production Management
James A. Sullivan .... production manager (as Jim Sullivan)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hillman Taylor .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Bruce Shearin .... sound supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Melvin Clark .... key grip
Ted Liles II .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Joreta C. Cherry .... assistant to director (as Joreta Cherry)
Annabelle Weenick .... dialogue director
 

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Also Known As:
"Attack of the 'The Eye Creatures'" - International (English title) (long title)
"Attack of the Eye Creatures" - USA (new syndication title)
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80 min
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This was one of a group of films that was shot in 16mm and color and used to pad out one of American International's television syndication packages.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: Many of the eye creatures wear only the head of the costume with a black jumpsuit and sneakers.See more »
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Susan:I expected to be frightened on my wedding night, but nothing like this!See more »
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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
No. Just...plain...no., 20 May 2000
Author: (kikaidar@hotmail.com) from Wichita, KS USA

One of those flicks which play out like some grim, awful train wreck you just can't take your eyes from. Unfortunately, in the case of EYE CREATURES, it's the train wreck from GIANT GILA MONSTER, where you can clearly see the name Lionel printed on the side of one of the cars.

In the 1960s, American-International decided to get in on the television releasing business as had Screen Gems and other branches of the major studios. Studios like Universal-International were making fresh revenue on older titles by making them available for television screenings, so this seemed like a good idea. Well, at the time...

Unfortunately, color films were becoming increasingly popular and AIP's stable, generally made on a budget, were largely black-and-white.

"Inspired," Arkoff and Nicholson contracted with Texas producer Larry Buchannan to make remakes of some of their sci-fi films. Among the films to be refilmed were SHE CREATURE, VOODOO WOMAN, IT CONQUERED THE WORLD and INVASION OF THE SAUCERMEN. Buchannan also included a couple of original films in the package.

The results were uniformly awful. THE EYE CREATURES fights grimly to be the worst of the lot. There is sooo much to pick to pieces on this film.

Day-to-night filming is dreary, and in the middle of the most "tense" night shots, you can clearly see deep shadows and stray sunbeams akimbo. Buchannan's creatures also evidently cost more than he could justify to make (even though a still clearly shows the material on the feet is simply folded over and stapled underneath the soles). In several scenes, extras wearing black leotards and only the bulky, googly heads plod along with fully costumed aliens.

As for the aliens' ship (a high point of the original SAUCERMEN)? The new face of Terror From Beyond comes in a hubcap draped with Christmas lights and the top of a can of Krylon spray paint as a topper. Run, foolish Earthlings! Run and hide before it's too late!

Then there is the acting -- a heady blend of astonishingly banal "comedy" and theatrics you'd expect in a grade school play. AIP made several attempts at turning John Ashley into the new Fabian (he does a musical number in HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER), but he didn't click, and later went to the Philippines to produce movies there.

Particularly frightening are the stolid minions of the Air Force, who literally combat the eye being by sitting at a monitor screen, spying on necking teens and making smarmy comment. Evidently relying on a largely local cast, Buchannan dredges up the most uniformly repulsive cast imaginable. Only the female lead emerges with a shred of decency.

No contempt was spared in the making of this film. Or in the preparation of fresh prints for later TV release. EYE CREATURES was one of a number of films picked up by Wade Williams, and I assume it was during this transition that the new title, "Attack of The The Eye Creatures" stuttered into being. That pretty much says it for the entire film.

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