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The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955)

A dysfunctional family operating an isolated date farm in the California desert is threatened by the arrival of an extra-terrestrial.

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David Kramarsky, Roger Corman (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writer:

Tom Filer (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Birch ... Allan Kelley
Lorna Thayer ... Carol Kelley
Dona Cole ... Sandra Kelley
Dick Sargent ... Deputy Larry Brewster (as Richard Sargeant)
Leonard Tarver ... Him - aka Carl
Bruce Whitmore Bruce Whitmore ... The Beast (voice)
Chester Conklin ... Ben Webber
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Storyline

An alien space craft lands in the desert. The alien takes over the minds of some of the local humans and animals and is able to see through them. The animals attack and the terror begins. Written by <cwe@cwe.sdi.agate.net>

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Taglines:

An unspeakable horror... Destroying... Terrifying! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beast with 1,000,000 Eyes! See more »

Filming Locations:

Indio, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$23,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Because of budgetary considerations, the "monster" ended up being a teakettle with a lot of holes in it. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie, Carol is shown with dark hair. But at 1:02 when the family is outside at the car with flat tires, her hair is obviously blonde. At 1:04 when they return to the party, it's dark again. See more »

Quotes

Carol Kelley: I don't suppose it really matters, but...
Allan Kelley: Does anything really matter to you anymore?
Carol Kelley: Oh, I'm sorry she heard, I'm... I didn't mean to...
Allan Kelley: You say a lot of things you don't mean, Carol. But you still say them, don't ya?
Carol Kelley: Yes. I'm not easy to get along with am I? Oh, I don't know. I think I could stand it, except for
[looking at the horizon]
Carol Kelley: out there... all that wasteland and mountains. We might as well be on another planet. Oh, Alan without Sandy I don't know what would happen to me. It'd be just...
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So bad it goes beyond "so bad it's good" and lands right back on so bad
8 April 2007 | by woidSee all my reviews

This ten cent production just ran on TCM. It's one of the worst movies they've ever shown... but like everything they program, it's worth at least a sidelong look. That doesn't mean sitting through it -- it's a *very* long 75 minutes. In fact, I can't imagine how anybody made it through this bomb in a theater or drive-in.

Essentially what happens is this: A teakettle with an antenna lands in the desert. Our star, a portly man with his belt riding high, and his family of wooden wife and daughter, are menaced by their farm animals. This consists of closeups of cows mooing or dogs barking, with reaction shots of the actors screaming and running away. The best special effect comes when the chickens turn on their masters, which involves somebody off-camera throwing chickens at one of the actors. There's also a mute weird guy, for some (no) reason. And most surprising, there's Chester Conklin, who started his career playing opposite Charlie Chaplin in his early silents, continuing through Modern Times in the 30s. He's the finest screen presence here, which is faint praise indeed.

The soundtrack is classical music needle drops that have nothing to do with what's happening on screen (the climax to a symphony while somebody walks through the desert), plus ultra-cheapo sound effects.

On second thought, it's a masterpiece... of what Frank Zappa called "Cheepnis." (http://www.cupandblade.com/ cheepnis/cheepnis.mp3)


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