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The Crawling Eye (Widescreen European Edition)

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A classic science fiction terror thriller about a weird creature from outer space which survives in the rarefied atmosphere of the Swiss Alps and terrorizes scientists in a remote high-altitude research station. This hideous monster hides in the fog-shrouded cloud of mist and kills its victims by decapitation. As the mysterious cloud descends on the Swiss village of Trollenberg, United Nations science investigator Allan Brooks (Forrest Tucker), Professor Crevett (Warren Mitchell) and a young woman with psychic powers (Janet Munro) must find a way to stop the monster's murderous rampage before it's too late.

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  • Actors: Forrest Tucker, Laurence Payne, Jennifer Jayne, Janet Munro, Warren Mitchell
  • Directors: Quentin Lawrence
  • Writers: Jimmy Sangster, Peter Key
  • Producers: Monty Berman, Robert S. Baker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005R1O7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,286 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Crawling Eye (Widescreen European Edition)" on IMDb

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The Crawling Eye (1958) had numerous monikers like The Creeping Eye, The Flying Eye, and even Creature from Another World, but started out as a British television serial titled The Trollenberg Terror (this is the title that appears in the beginning of this version of the film). Apparently the series was popular enough to warrant the making of film versions for European and American distribution. The film stars Forrest Tucker, who, while not an original member of the series, was brought in by the British studios in order to better promote the film in America. Original series actors that transferred from the television version to the film version were Janet Munro and Laurence Payne.

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.
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There's a radioactive cloud, a mutation (great, great big crawling eyes), an isolated Swiss village named Trollenberg, a dyad of diverting cuties (Jennifer Jayne and Janet Munro as the Pilgrim sisters), and Forrest Tucker. Mountain climbers are experiencing the weird and mysterious in and around the radioactive cloud that clings - "It's not moving, Alan!" - to the western face of the mountaintop and the alarmed scientist (Warren Mitchell) in his state-of-the-art aerie laboratory - there are two television cameras on the roof! - is worried. Remember the Andes Incident, Alan...?

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.
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I saw this film as a child and it really scared me. It doesn't scare me any more, but I still love it. It has a great script, excellent directing, and really cool monsters. The horror begins gradually with mountain climbers disappearing and later being found with their heads ripped off. Enter Forrest Tucker (star of many fims and the TV series F troop)as a U.N official dragged into the investigation of the "accidents." Also starring in the film is the lovely Janet Munro as a psychic who can communicate with the aliens. The tension builds up as the cloud, where the monsters hide, gradually moves towards the local village. The first appearance of the giant, crawling monsters with one eye is superb. Although the limited special effects show in the climactic scene as the besieged humans fight back with Molotov cocktails, it is still first rate. Trivia note: following this film Janet Munro would do a series of Walt Disney flicks including Darbey O'Gill and the Little People (where she sings a duet with Sean Connery!), and Swiss Family Robinson. She would also star in the sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Caught Fire.
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Don't be put off by the sensationalist title or the lurid case artwork--"The Crawling Eye" is actually a quite good, if minor, science fiction film.

The decade after the end of World War II produced a bumper crop of the finest science fiction films ever made, many of which remain classics to this day. "The Crawling Eye," released in 1958, certainly does not rank among the top ten of the decade, but it is nonetheless an interesting story told in a reasonably well-made film. The plot is tight, coherent and logically consistent, and the acting of the British and American cast is as good as the typical standards of the day. There are some moments of genuine suspense as scientists race against time to figure out how to fight an unseen murderous force that inhabits a strange radioactive cloud high in the Swiss Alps. The "crawling eye" creatures of the title, when they appear late in the film, are about as good as the special effects technology of the day could make them, complete with tentacles very obviously manipulated by wires suspended from the ceiling of the sound stage.

This DVD is advertised incorrectly as a "Widescreen European Edition"--it is actually full-frame format. It is "European" only in its title, "The Trollenberg Terror," as it was released in Europe, and the obligatory British Board of Film Censors "X" rating before the opening credits. The black-and-white transfer is crisp, sharp and contrasty, but overall the film is marred slightly by what seems to be more than the usual amount of dust, scratches, hairs and other defects. The only extras are a grand total of three count 'em three still photos and an extremely poor-quality trailer.

At this low price, "The Crawling Eye" is hard to pass up. You'll definitely get your money's worth if you have any interest at all in science fiction films of the '50's.
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