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The Crawling Eye (1958)

The Trollenberg Terror (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 31 December 1958 (USA)
A series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appear to be connected to a mysterious radioactive cloud.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alan Brooks
... Philip Truscott
... Sarah Pilgrim
... Anne Pilgrim
... Crevett
Frederick Schiller ... Klein
... Brett
Stuart Saunders ... Dewhurst
Colin Douglas ... Hans
... Wilde
Richard Golding ... First Villager
George Herbert ... Second Villager
... German Woman
Leslie Heritage ... Carl
Jeremy Longhurst ... First Student Climber
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Storyline

A remote mountain resort in Switzerland is invaded by horrible alien creatures that like to decapitate humans. The beings are also in telepathic communication with people and inhabit a mysterious, radioactive cloud at the base of the Trollenberg mountain. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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A man dissolves...and out of the oozing mist comes the hungry eye, slave to the demon brain! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

The Crawling Eye monster literally makes a cameo appearance in Stephen King's horror novel "It". The children run into the creature in the sewers during a 1958 segment of the novel. See more »

Goofs

Trollenberg isn't in Switzerland nor in the Alps. The travel posters in the Trollenberg train station depict the Matterhorn probably as seen from Zermatt, Switzerland. Trollenberg, however is actually located in Germany's Black Forest, nearly 400 KM away. The closest rail station access to Trollenberg is in Loßburg about 4 KM away. Zermatt, however in the shadow of the Matterhorn, does have a train station and cable gondola service to Furi and Schwarzsee. See more »

Quotes

Philip Truscott: Cute little things, aren't they?
Alan Brooks: Yeah. I'm gonna throw a bomb at that one. You watch on the screen, see what happens.
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Crazy Credits

The films opening credits flash onto the screen when the passenger train rolls into the darkness of a tunnel. See more »

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Featured in Explorers (1985) See more »

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X-Files, 1950s style. But better!
2 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I have a huge and very soft spot for 1950s sci-fi films with freakish aliens and/or monsters. Be forewarned - my view of this film is definitely colored by my unhealthy interest in these films.

This is a true archetypal classic of the genre.

*** Weird psychic sisters, *** alien mystery clouds, *** giant creeping cyclopes with tentacles, *** secret government agencies investigating the paranormal, *** possession, *** zombies, ***

Forest Tucker(!)

  • it's all here.


This is a very entertaining low-fi, low-brow, B/W monster movie. I am convinced that the writers were asked to include every element of contemporary supernatural, sci fi and imaginative fiction stories and, kudos to them - they pulled it off! Stephen King's Dreamcatcher owes a huge debt to this beauty. If you think about it, Dreamcatcher is almost a rewrite of this film, with aliens that are just a little less ridiculous and a different narrative. And the biggest surprise of all - Forest Tucker can act! His F Troop character was not the only personality in his repertoire!

Remarkably, the absurdity of the plot is not used as an excuse for exceedingly bad special effects.

This is a little gem of a 50s pulp film. It's goofy as hell, fun, well executed, and well worth a sleepless night. Far more entertaining that the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and many others.


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