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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.

Director:

Quentin Lawrence

Writers:

Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Peter Key (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Forrest Tucker ... Alan Brooks
Laurence Payne ... Philip Truscott
Jennifer Jayne ... Sarah Pilgrim
Janet Munro ... Anne Pilgrim
Warren Mitchell ... Crevett
Frederick Schiller Frederick Schiller ... Klein
Andrew Faulds ... Brett
Stuart Saunders Stuart Saunders ... Dewhurst
Colin Douglas Colin Douglas ... Hans
Derek Sydney ... Wilde
Richard Golding Richard Golding ... First Villager
George Herbert George Herbert ... Second Villager
Anne Sharp ... German Woman
Leslie Heritage Leslie Heritage ... Carl
Jeremy Longhurst 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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Taglines:

The nightmare terror of the slithering eye that unleashed agonizing horror on a screaming world! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crawling Eye See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tempean Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Quentin Lawrence had also directed the original TV mini-series, which was more than double the length of this movie version - and did not include the film's central character, "Alan Brooks", in its cast-list. See more »

Goofs

The bomber is supposed to be attacking a remote mountaintop installation, but the bomb release is shown using stock footage from WWII showing a large city below. See more »

Quotes

Philip Truscott: Keep an eye on your roping, won't you.
Brett: Why roping, particularly?
Philip Truscott: Uh, student business last week.
Dewhurst: That's right. Nasty business. Very nasty.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Explorers (1985) See more »

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Lot's Of Fun! Just don't Take It Seriously!
6 June 2000 | by modrock62See all my reviews

I happen to think this is one of the more enjoyable films I have seen that was made in the 1950's. Deep down it is typical 50's "mutated monster" fare but it really is so much more. A strange mist overtakes an Alpine village and turns out to be a decapitating giant eyeball. It sounds pretty hokey I know and the special effects are poor but it was the 1950's afterall and there is a fair amount of blood that is featured which was a surprise to me. When the two hikers are found dead you can see their bloody, mangled faces. And in one decapitation scene you can see the blood flying. The performances are fine in this one including a robust performance from the great Forrest Tucker. Plenty of atmosphere in this one also. All in all I would highly recommend this one. It's a lot of harmless fun and when not taken seriously, as it seems to have been by some of the reviewers here, it is a highly enjoyable film.


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