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 ›
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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This older 1950s film stars Forrest Tucker as UN observer who travels to a town where strange occurrences are happening. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Eric A. Popkoff
Excellent old Skool movie, it had All the missing scenes, another Crawling Eye movie I saw, that didn't have. It fit the whole screen too! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very nice that it was in the widescreen format enhanced for todays widescreen television.Published 3 months ago by Joe
This is a classic science fiction story that I practically watch everyday (I watching it right now in fact). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tim Quinton
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