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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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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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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 »

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The jet bomber at the end of the film is an English Electric Canberra, except for one shot where it mysteriously becomes a late-model Gloster Meteor jet fighter. See more »

Quotes

Alan Brooks: Looks like you're goin' for a climb.
Dewhurst: Yes, we're going up the Trollenberg. Gonna have a noggin before we start. Care to join us?
Alan Brooks: All right.
Dewhurst: What's it goin' to be?
Alan Brooks: Scotch, please.
Dewhurst: Scotch and the two brandies. Better give me a bottle of brandy to take with us. Keep the cold out tonight.
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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

Spun-off from The Trollenberg Terror (1956) See more »

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An under-appreciated gem.
31 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film has too much bad rap. Most people just pass it off as another "bad 50's sci-fi flick". You want bad? See THE CRAWLING HAND or BRIDE OF THE MONSTER.

The plot, adapted from the BBC teleserial, brings our attention to Forrest Tucker an American who bears a striking resemblance to Paul Birch. Anyway, he meets a touring telepathic sister act including Jennifer Jayne and Janet Munro (star of plenty of Disney flicks; and mother of Caroline Munro?). After stopping at a small town in Switzerland called Trollenberg, Forrest goes up to a secret lab and meets a goofy German scientist, in which he reveals he came to this place to study a radioactive, stationary cloud. What's inside? Well, if you can't tell from the title, there's no hope for you. In terms of acting, suspense, and writing (courtesy of Hammer regular Jimmy Sangster), this film holds up pretty well today. But the effects are mediocre, but cool-looking; the eyes emit a cool sound when attacked. But there are some stretches of belief: Forrest doesn't act like he knows what the cloud is, and yet later we find out he dealed in a similar experiment in The Andes! But some creepy moments later make up for this, like the beginning sequence, in which the group of students find their friend headless. (But how could he scream when he was falling if his head was already chopped off? Oh Well.)

Still, this film does make for some funny spoofs, like the imitation on the cartoon FREAKAZOID and being notable as the first movie ever made fun of by MST3K. It must be a step forward somehow.


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