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Crawling Eye, the

Forrest Tucker , Laurence Payne , Quentin Lawrence    Unrated   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best DVD transfers I've ever seen March 16 2004
Format:DVD
I'm not going to rehash the fairly well known the plot. The other reviews have already covered that pretty well. The story is gripping and the acting is exemplary. The special effects were done on a shoe string budget and show it, but still pull it off marginally (if you suspend your disbelief a bit).
So why the five stars? The DVD film-to-video transfer was made from pristine source materials resulting in a viewing experience I've not had with this movie since I saw it's theatrical release in 1958. Presented in its original 1.66:1 widescreen aspect ratio, it offers a completely restored version totally lacking any scratches or bad cuts. In addition, this version is the European edition with the main title reading "The Trollenberg Terror". The sound is still mono, but the fidelity is rather good. Nice crisp highs, good bass response, and no hiss.
Even with extra material consisting of just the trailer, this DVD is well worth it. Especially to a fan of the film. I also found the liner notes to be emtertaining and very interesting. They include a lot of backgroud to the film, the genre, and I was especially amused at an anecdote about Forrest Tucker.
If you're a fan of the film (or not), I recommend this DVD release.
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3.0 out of 5 stars His Head...It was torn off! Nov. 15 2003
Format:DVD
4.5 stars for acting story and atmosphere.
-1.5 for mostly poor special effects.
"His head it was torn off"
This line scared the heck out of me as a kid - along with a number of decapataions and idea of an eye monster. I could not sleep alone for weeks. Seeing it now - what is scarey about this film is not the creatures - but more everything that leads up to them.
A very good mysterious plot - spooky, and atmospheric - good acting and an actress, Janet Monroe - who with a bad haircut, worse teeth, funny eyes and a crooked mouth is also very cute in a wholesome sister-ish sort of way. She is very believable and projects all her fears onto the viewer.
I took the eye monsters as realistic and a total terror as a kid. Especially - their exelerated hyper breathing along with a little bell that sounds when they are up to their evil tricks.
Up close the eye creatures are menacing, large, and gross.

But from a distance the monsters look more like marshmellows with pipe cleaner legs. - Infact most of the minitures are shoddy, cheap and not at all believable. Utlra low flying aircraft is slung through the air on strings and the paper cut out people are obvious. A roaring fire appears more like someone burning a cigerette package.

That said - TCE is still a good, fun movie.
TCE will probably entertain and even scare kids. While many adults will enjoy TCE for the atmosphere story they will also cringe when they see the terrible special effects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can lose your head in the clouds Oct. 10 2004
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This movie is based on a British TV series The Trollenberg Terror.

A mysterious cloud is occupying the mountain. People are mysteriously disappearing or at least their heads are detaching. Alan Brooks (Forest Tucker) has seen this happen before and is familiar with the phenomenon so he is sent to investigate. Also Sarah Pilgrim (Jennifer Jayne) a psychic in a sister act is compelled to go there; if you do not keep your EYE on her she has a tendency to wander off in a trance.

There is something funny about one of the disappearing villagers that suddenly returns.

It looks like the only hope for the town's people is to head for the lab at the top of the sky lift as it has thick concrete walls. The lab is equipped the standard 50's SCI/FI equipment. Yet your future is cloudy (radioactive cloudy). When confronted by a mysterious eye will you freeze in your tracks or do you have a tentacle to be lifted by the experience.

Do not watch this movie if you are in a cabin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Flick! April 6 2004
Format:DVD
This is a real gem. The DVD quality is excellent. British Sci-Fi and Horror from this era often surprises--the films may initially look like standard American triple-feature drive-in fare (quality variable but almost always great fun!) but beyond that they often have better than expected scripts, cinematography, and casts (as is the case here). The Crawling Eye also includes fine music by Stanley Black. Released in 1958, The Crawling Eye has the feel of good British TV from the early Sixties (probably because it was based on a TV series). The plot is engaging (with the neat twist of working a psychic into it--a little ahead of its time) and the monsters are genuinely vile and disgusting. If you like classic Sci-Fi and Horror don't hesitate to add this one to your collection. Other recommended British classics: The Day the Earth Caught Fire and the deeply weird Devil Girl from Mars.
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Format:DVD
This movie was really scary for us kids back in 1958... but pales by todays standards of a convincing horror film...... HOWEVER... this movie and the DVD is an EXCELLENT wide screen transfer and looks terrific. And quite honestly, the movie itself is so bad, its REALLY FUN to watch with your friends. The acting isn't bad, except for the professor, who is really forced in his role..... but Tucker saves the film along with Miss Monro, who is convincing as the girl the monster wants to quiet. This DVD is also very reasonably priced..... I hope the DVD company (Image Video) gives us more like this title in such creative and impressive transfers!! Thanks also to Image for the extras and cool menu montage!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Crawling Eye......look out it'll get ya!!!"
Just finished watching this great gem about five minutes ago. Loved start to finish. The dvd transfer was first rate with very little scratchs or wash out at all. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2008 by Paul Boudreau
4.0 out of 5 stars The Clouds Have Eyes...
Mountain-climbers are having more than their fair share of fatal "accidents" on mount Trollenberg. Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by Bindy Sue Fr°nkŘnschtein
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT IMAGE AND SOUND
Compare the trailer on the disk to the actual movie. The quality of the trailer is terrible and is probably how many people have seen the entire movie. Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by T. A. Hansen
4.0 out of 5 stars The best giant, killer, space eyeball movie you'll ever see
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... Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by cookieman108
5.0 out of 5 stars "His head.......it was torn off!"
And so opens the main title on "The crawling eye" This sci-fi film
takes place in the village of Trollenberg known mainly for its Alps
climbing and scenic view... Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by Brian C. Lawton
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Blending of Horror and Sci-Fi
Retitled The Crawling Eye for release in the US, The Trollenberg Terror (1958) is considered by many to be just another bad 50s sci-fi movie (it was even featured on Mystery... Read more
Published on March 8 2004 by Donald Melanson
2.0 out of 5 stars Well-acted but suffers from poor special effects
The Crawling Eye (1958), directed by Quentin Lawrence and starring Forrest Tucker, is a film about alien creatures disguising themselves in cloud high up in a snowy mountain... Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by Harry Fink
3.0 out of 5 stars Spying this eye won't get your skin crawling.
This was one of those movies that popped up on TV regularly in my youth and scared me half to death when I first saw it. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2004 by Chadwick H. Saxelid
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the title throw you!
This British film called "Trollenberg Terror" in England, was retitled "Crawling Eye" to grab the sci-fi kids of 1958. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003 by John Gentile
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