The Crawling Eye (Widescreen European Edition)
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The film starts off with three climbers on the side of a mountain, and one of the climbers suffers a serious case of death from the loss of his head (off-screen). The other two freak out and then we cut to three characters on a train, two being the Pilgrim sisters Sarah (Jennifer Jayne) and Anne (Janet Munro) while the third being Alan Brooks (Forrest Tucker). All three get off at the same stop, and make for a hotel near the base of the Swiss Alps. Brooks arrived at the request of a friend, Professor Crevett (Warren Mitchell), who works in a nearby observatory and has disturbing news. The two sisters, one with telepathic abilities (Munro's character), are inexplicably drawn to the mountain. We soon learn that something is stealing mountain climber's heads, leading some villagers to believe an abominable snowman with a guillotine is on the loose, aptly called `The De-Nogginizer' (okay, no one said it, but I thought it). Brooks makes his way to the observatory and meets with his friend Professor Crevett.Read more ›
The cover art on the dvd jacket kept me from opening this one for about three months. Radioactive mutations may have been all the rage in the `50s - THE CRAWLING EYE, a.k.a. THE TROLLENBERG TERROR, was made in 1958 - but I'm not much of a fan of the genre. I expected to loathe this one, or maybe, if I was lucky, it would be mildly amusing.
So it was with a great deal of surprise that I found myself caught up in this story. I enjoyed it quite a bit. The script contained real tension and the situations weren't nearly as absurd as I feared they'd be. Even the special effects, though primitive, were relatively effective. Especially the first on-screen appearance of the eye - although later, during the `March of the Crawling Eyes' sequence the tattiness of the special effects unfortunately imposes itself.
Forrest Tucker plays Alan Brooks, a man with vague ties to the investigative arm of the United Nations. Janet Munro is Anne Pilgrim, a stage psychic with a seeming ability to communicate with whatever is contained within that radioactive cloud.Read more ›
This film, despite its title, is one of them. Like a few other British sci-fi movies, this one got its start as a serial on the BBC. Entitled "The Trollenberg Terror," it told the same story as we see in the film. The film rights were then purchased by Tempean Films and the story was put on film. (Other films to receive this same treatment were "The Quartermass Experiment," remade as "The Creeping Unknown"; and "Quartermass and the Pit," remade as "Five Million Years to Earth," both by Hammer Films.)
To make the film more palatable to American audiences Tempean added an American star (Forrest Tucker) and changed the title for distribution to America. The file now became "The Crawling Eye," a perfect name for a "B" sci-fi monster movie.
However, do not judge this film by its title. It is a tense item concerning a radioactive cloud lying atop a Swiss mountain waiting for hapless climbers to come its way. UN investigator Allen Brooks (Tucker), on vacation in Europe, stops by the village of Trollenberg to see his old friend Professor Kravett (well played by Warren Mitchell) at Kravett's observatory on the mountain. Kravett fills Allen in as to what's going on. Could this be the same as in the Andes a couple of years ago?Read more ›
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One memorable great old sci-fi movie. First on my list to buy and give as a gift to son who wanted to see the stuff I tell strange stories about. Watch out Alps Skiers!Published 21 days ago by R. R. Cordero
The widescreen European DVD from Image of the Crawling Eye runs at 84 minutes and includes actresses Jennifer Jayne and Janet Munro. Read morePublished 1 month ago by anonymous
"The Crawling Eye" (actually titled "The Trollenberg Terror") is one of the 1950s horror movies that is difficult for me to rate. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. Dalton
The only crawling eye film made... its sort of fun in its tacky way... Original title "The Trollenberg Terror"
A young Janet Munro is in this... Read more
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|the best sci/fi & horror films||
That's a darn good list, but you left off:
The Blob and remake
Invaders From Mars
The Time Machine original
Journey to the Center of the Earth original
Empire of the Ants
It! The Terror Beyond Space
The Giant Claw (well, kinda classic)
The Universal monsters--Frankenstein and Bride of, Dracula,... Read More
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