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The Hypnotic Eye (1960)

Approved | | Horror | 27 February 1960 (USA)
A mysterious hypnotist is suspected by the police for being responsible for a wave of female mutilation victims.

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George Blair
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jacques Bergerac ... Desmond
Merry Anders ... Dodie Wilson
Marcia Henderson ... Marcia Blaine
Allison Hayes ... Justine
Joe Patridge Joe Patridge ... Det. Sgt. Dave Kennedy
Fred Demara Fred Demara ... Hospital Doctor
Lawrence Lipton Lawrence Lipton ... King of the Beatniks
Eric Nord Eric Nord ... Bongo Drummer (as Eric 'Big Daddy' Nord)
Guy Prescott Guy Prescott ... Dr. Philip Hecht
Jimmy Lydon ... Emergency Doctor (as James Lydon)
Carol Thurston ... Doris Scott
Eva Lynd ... Woman from audience
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Storyline

The city is stricken by a wave of self-mutilations performed by beautiful women who seem to be in a hypnotic trance. The authorities suspect a stage hypnotist with a popular act, but the stakes are raised when the hypnotist sets his sights on the girlfriend of the detective investigating the case. What is the hypnotist's secret, and why does it seem to involve his beautiful assistant? Written by acidxian

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Taglines:

Spellbound ... you gaze into the depths of evil as beauty is hypnotized into a thing of torture and terror ... the fate of those who dare to stare ... at the EYE! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Screaming Sleep See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$365,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Director David L. Hewitt cribbed much of this film's music score for his 1967 release GALLERY OF HORROR, starring Lon Chaney and John Carradine. See more »

Goofs

When Dodie is suspended in air, wires holding her body up can clearly be seen near Desmond's head. See more »

Quotes

King of the Beatniks: "I saw 'Charley's Aunt' in the original uncut version..."
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Featured in Fantastic Fantasy Fright-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996) See more »

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Stare! Stare in the Hypnotic Eye!!
20 October 2008 | by dphelan-1See all my reviews

I just heard Michael J Weldon of Psychotronic Video talk about this on a podcast interview. It reminded me of the first time I saw this on television ( sometime in the 1960's I guess) on the late night Friday Chiller show. The woman burning herself, her hair catching fire, etc. was really terrifying. The film is kind of a B-Movie horror-noir with the oily continental Jacques Begerac performing that Hypnotic Eye thing and causing all manner of mayhem and mutilation. Then there was the wonderful Allison Hayes just 2 years past The Attack of the 5o Foot Woman giving another great performance and of course, my favorite, Merry Andrews from TV's How to Marry a Millionaire. They just don't make them like this anymore. A campy horror classic!


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