Crawling Eye, the
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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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The movie was film on a stage with an alpine backdrop giving the film that 3D Viewmaster effect. We do get to see the sluggish creatures near the end of the film.
Classic old science fiction/horror.
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.Read more ›
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.
-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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This movie is based on a British TV series The Trollenberg Terror.
A mysterious cloud is occupying the mountain. Read more
Mountain-climbers are having more than their fair share of fatal "accidents" on mount Trollenberg. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
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 morePublished on April 19 2004 by T. A. Hansen
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... Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by Wayne A.
This movie was really scary for us kids back in 1958... but pales by todays standards of a convincing horror film...... HOWEVER... Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by classicmoviefan
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
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 morePublished on March 8 2004 by Donald Melanson
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 morePublished on Feb. 6 2004 by Harry Fink