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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.

Directors:

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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Prepare for a close encounter of the terrifying kind! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Filming took place in Indio and the Coachella Valley, California. Corman shot 48 pages of interiors in just two days at a studio on La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles. The Beast with a Million Eyes was a non-union film originally titled The Unseen, with Lou Place set to direct. After one day's filming, the union threatened to shut down the production unless everyone signed with the Guild. Roger Corman, who was producing, took over the film's directing chores and replaced the cinematographer with Floyd Crosby; however Corman took no official screen credit. Another version of this story has Corman allocating directing duties to Dave Kramarsky, his associate director on Five Guns West. 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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Hmm...
19 April 2003 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

A mysterious device arrives from the sky and begins adversely affecting all around it..first it turns ordinary farm animals, pets and birds into deadly and fierce predators and then it begins to affect the humans nearby. I find it interesting that this is one of the first films to depict birds attacking humans and does it surprisingly well despite a meager budget, much better than a certain sequel which will remain nameless.

Also this has an interesting plot device which was afterwards borrowed by many films and TV series (evil alien brains) which makes for a very entertaining climax even if its embracing of the nuclear family ideal, popular in the time, is a little dated for today's audience which will be shouting "cheese".


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