The Crawling Eye
- Widescreen European Edition!
- Theatrical Trailer
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: December 4, 2001
- Originally Released: 1958
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.66
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.66
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Forrest Tucker, Janet Munro & Laurence Payne|
|Performer:||Jennifer Jayne, Janet Munro & Laurence Payne|
|Directed by||Quentin Lawrence|
Description by OLDIES.com:
As the mysterious cloud descends on the Swiss village of Trollenberg, United Nations science investigator Alan 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.
An atmospheric gothic horror/science fiction chiller written by ace screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, based on the teleplay "The Trollenberg Terror."
Description by Image Entertainment:
- This film is based on an British TV series.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 125 ratings.
Fatal accidents have recently befallen mountain climbers on the Trollenberg in Switzerland. Dr. Allen Brooks (Forest Tucker), an American scientist on vacation in Europe, is on his way to that location. He is seated on a train with the Pilgrim sisters, two attractive young women who perform a mind-reading act in London. Although they are bound for Geneva, Anne (Janet Munro), who is a telepath, feels the compulsion to exit at Trollenberg. She and her sister Sarah (Jennifer Jayne) join Brooks who is familiar with the town.
Brooks has been summoned by his friend and former colleague Dr. Crevett (Warren Mitchell). Crevett is director of an observatory studying cosmic rays; however, he has found something he finds far more sinister: a stationary radioactive cloud on the Trollenberg. It seems that they both Crevett and Brooks were on a UN team that investigated such a phenomenon a few years earlier. Brooks concluded that the incident is South America was a prelude to an alien invasion.
Laurence Payne completes the starring cast as Phillip Truscott, a British journalist who is curious about Brooks. He is to play a considerable role in the fight against the invading extraterrestrials.
I greatly enjoyed this British horror movie. It is a horror picture, not a science fiction film. There is no “science” in this motion picture other than the adversaries of humanity are aliens instead of ghouls, ghosts or goblins. This is the original British wide-screen version, ideal for modern televisions. This copy of the film uses the original British title, The Trollenberg Terror. The acting is excellent. The black and white film helps create an ominous mood that would be hard to duplicate in color.
The American version is called The Crawling Eye because the aliens look something like eyeballs with tentacles. That concept is imaginative. Unfortunately, the special effects are not good even by ‘50s standards. Still, I highly recommend this movie.
Let me begin by saying that the monstrous entity in the title is not, in my opinion, a crawling eyes. It is bloated, veiny, and monstrous, but the single eye is a distinct and seperate visual organ.
Going off of that, the movie is rather good. I always appreciate an interesting monster, and it is nice to see a scifi horror film that acknowledges the fact that most aliens can't just jump out of their spaceship and frolic around in a violently different atmosphere decapitating teenage lovers and/or befriending lovable but irritating children.
The atmosphere is heavy, the strange occurances are potent and often unexpected, the isolation appropriate and surprisingly underused setting. Despite this, the movie has some weak points. The cutaways to the flemish matte painting which we are intended to confuse with the mountain, the response of giving wiskey and lighting a cigarrette for a man with violent shaking, and some rather annoying characters like the unfunny fat guy and his companion are all counts against it.
All and all, I liked it, although I still believe that no film ever shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000 should be priced at over six dollars.
An atmospheric (no pun intended)sci-fi gem produced on a remarkably modest budget. The pacing is intentionally restrained, which allows for a fine build-up of tension. Fine interplay between the characters lends credence to this subdued alien invasion offering. The aliens are a physical disappointment: the "reveal" is alternately shocking or funny, depending upon one's viewpoint. All in all, good creepy-crawly fun, and one of my all-time favorites.
This is a GREAT small budget horror/scifi film. The action moves along at a steady pace and the acting is well done. The movie really has some eeerie and spooky moments. When you finally see the creatures, just bring out the popcorn and enjoy the fun...
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