The Hypnotic Eye (1960) 1960 NR CC

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Something is driving beautiful women into grotesque acts of self-mutilation and the police investigation leads to a debonair stage hypnotist and his glamorous assistant.

Starring:
Jacques Bergerac, Merry Anders
Runtime:
1 hour 19 minutes

The Hypnotic Eye (1960)

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Genres Horror
Director George Blair
Starring Jacques Bergerac, Merry Anders
Supporting actors Allison Hayes, Marcia Henderson, Joe Patridge, Fred Demara, Lawrence Lipton, Eric Nord, Guy Prescott, Jimmy Lydon, Carol Thurston, Evan MacNeil, Phyllis Cole, Franklyn Farnum, Mary Foran, Holly Harris, Kenner G. Kemp, Eva Lynd, Cosmo Sardo
Studio Allied Artists
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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It was perfectly cheesy, but fun and sort of creepy.
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Picture quality,crystal clear,sharp!.I wish all b&w movies looked as good as this.
P. Andersen
It makes the frame seem very claustrophobic and overcrowded.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Fussy Bloke on February 1, 2011
Format: DVD
This is an unusual film, a little different from what we usually see in this genre. There has been several incidents where beautiful young girls have disfigured themselves for no apparent reason. One washed her hair in acid believing it to be soap, another pushed her face into the rotating blades a fan etc. When a detective visits a stage hypnotist and one of his female friends gets up as a volunteer he gets a clue as to what is going on...but why?

The cover of this DVD, which seems to be a representation of the original poster for the movie, boasts that it introduces something called Hypno Magic. We are not told what this is but I'm suspecting that it is simply very close shots of the hypnotic eye which flickers rapidly. a word of caution here, if you look at this too closely you'll end up getting hypnotised yourself - and don't look at it at all if you are subject to epileptic fits! It really messes with your eyes.

This is one of the Warner Bros. "Archive Collection" which are manufactured on demand on DVD-R recordable media. Someone told me that this form of disc is not as stable as the factory discs produced in the usual way. It seems they can degrade, whether this is with use or just over time I'm not sure but if looked after the discs will probably last for many years. I don't know why Warner Bros. are producing them this way, it certainly seems to be bumping the price up. Why don't they release them in the usual way? Well, I suppose we should be glad this obscure stuff is being released at all.

Once again, it's a pity they have cropped this movie to make it widescreen. There are a lot of very close shots of faces and, as a result foreheads and chins are cut off. It makes the frame seem very claustrophobic and overcrowded.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Andersen on October 20, 2011
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Congrats to Warner Bros. for this excellently remastered film!!.

Picture quality,crystal clear,sharp!.I wish all b&w movies looked as good as this.
I've seen this movie once,never in it's entirety and I was a very young child.I only remembered the ending it never left my mind...
It was well paced,it never felt long or drawn out as many older films do(I just bought this on Amazon and viewed it last week)So I'm going by VERY RECENT recall,at this point of my review lol.
Great storyline,even for this century.Handsome Jacques Bergerac stars as Desmond, a
beguiling and sinister hypnotist.Miss America contestant(1949) Allison "Attack of the 50ft Woman"also stars as assistant/girlfriend Justine.
Well acted parts also from the overall cast in this rarity of a film the beatnik scene was interesting as well,(persons who like shows like 'Mad Men' might enjoy this as a contrast as to how people less stylish or conservative dressed in the very early 60's.)I love retro fashion and interiors in film so this was a treat!! very nice sets and visuals ect..if you like subjects dealing with the mind and lightweight terror. this is YOUR film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erik Svihus on August 4, 2013
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I hadn't seen this film in 40 years ( I'm 57) and the last time was on the old creature features show with Bob Wilkens. I was a bit nervious as my tastes have become somewhat jaded. ( after watching Saw,Hostel, etc). But the Hypnotic Eye was a good surprise.
The acting is actually quite good for a '50s film. Most of the murder/mulitations take place off camera, which is a good thing because the few scenes that are shown are very '50s lame. But the story is excellent, the motives made some sense and overall the movie was well worth the price. It's a gem of a '50s horror picture, relax and enjoy a great movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Haltom on October 15, 2013
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This is a good movie. It was as I remember it when I first saw it. The transfer was good. Packing and shipping were good also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elena1 on July 29, 2013
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I saw this movie a long time ago and I still love this movie I hope everyone will take a look at this movie very interesting
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Jenkins, PhD on July 18, 2013
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Very cool idea about a woman who hates other women that are pretty than her…Yes, I know, this is hardly a new concept and continues to this very day. She’s probably sitting right next to you, but this one does more than giving a look or gossips about you in the lady’s room….She kills you in really inventive ways. But, I won’t spoil it for you. This neat film has the great Alison Hayes in it (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman) and will be sure to dazzle the mature mind. The kids will find it boring though as there are no creepy monsters in it, but it’s a great film all the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Philip Bergman III on June 13, 2013
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This is a 'B' movie but it is fun. The actors are obviously sub par but the story line presented is unusual and worth a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 1, 2013
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I loved this movie. It was perfectly cheesy, but fun and sort of creepy. My mom got me to watch it because it scared her to death as a child. It was fun!
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