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THE CRAWLING EYE - 3 Slimes
Rated PG-13
Copyright 1958 Tempean Productions Limited
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Allen Brooks - A United Nations scientist, he has encountered the aliens before in the Andes.
  • Anne - Very pretty girl, she is a telepath and the Crawling Eyes make every attempt to kill her.
  • Sarah - Anne's sister, and that's about all she does.
  • Philip - Reporter who knows of the incident in the Andes, looking for a story.
  • Professor Crevett - Goofy little guy who is studying cosmic rays.
  • Brett and Dewhurst - Two climbers, both are killed... ...Brett is controlled as a zombie by the aliens for a while.
  • The Crawling Eyes - Aliens which are radioactive, telepathic, and live in extreme cold.

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The Plot: 

This film had a couple of things going for it, not least of which was that Anne is really attractive. Unfortunately they made this movie in 1958 so she dresses like June Cleaver. Pretty funny at times in a "look, this is serious" way, I wish it hadn't been so boring at others. Massive amounts of drinking going on too, everything that happens requires a drink. Brett how about a drink before you climb the mountain? Better take a bottle of brandy with you for the climb. Back from the mountain Brett, how about a drink? I'm thinking about visiting Switzerland now. Allen and the girls end up in Trollenberg for different reasons and soon find nefarious things are happening. There is a radioactive cloud which never moves on the mountain's slope and climbers are disappearing and while Allen has seen this before he isn't doing much better the second time around. Anne is constantly endangered by the monsters, through a compulsion to climb the mountain or by zombies sent to kill her. The humans are forced into the safety of the observatory when Crawling Eyes descend on the town. By using molotov cocktails and a napalm bombing the aliens are defeated.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Mountains cause girls to faint.
  • Men shouldn't offer other men help with unpacking.
  • Villagers have something to say about everything.
  • Clouds that are stationary and radioactive are bad news.
  • Forboding music does not belong in a scene involving empty beds.
  • Do not open a rucksack that is just lying around on a mountainside, odds are there's a head in it.
  • Zombies created by freezing aliens melt away when killed.
  • Never leave the darn kid's toy behind, you know not to leave the darn toy behind, of course the kid will run back to get it.
  • The British Airforce hates clouds.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 2 mins - Hey, who threw a man-sized stuffed doll off the mountain? Also notice that he says "No!" quite clearly despite the fact that his head is supposed to be torn off by now. (you can't see his head in the scene)
  • 7 mins - Mommy, why is the background a picture?
  • 8 mins - The scenery in the car's window is bouncing around like crazy!
  • 17 mins - Hmmm, metal door sounded more like a wooden one being slammed shut.
  • 22 mins - That's a darn good zoom lens for a 50's era video camera.
  • 47 mins - Pickaxe fight!
  • 66 mins - Um, that's the alien thing?
  • 81 mins - Awesome model work there, that looks just like a real alien climbing a real mountainside...
  • 83 mins - Sure Philip take her outside for a breath of fresh air, ever stop to think there are giant rotting eye-things out there and napalm all over the slope? Moron.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note crawleye1.wav Climber1: "You idiot we nearly had him, why did you let him go?"
Climber2: "Didn't you see?"
Climber1: "What are you talking about?"
Climber2: "His head, it was torn off!"
Green Music Note crawleye2.wav Crevett: "How many more times do I tell you I am not to be interrupted?"
Assistant: "I'm sorry sir but there's someone outside to see you."
Crevett: "I don't care, tell them to go away!"
Green Music Note crawleye3.wav Assistant1: "Professor I thought I had better contact you, that cloud has started moving. Yes, it's variation is about six degrees."
Assistant2: "Radioactivity increasing!"
Assistant1: "The radioactivity is increasing too sir!"
Green Music Note crawleye4.wav A Crawling Eye screaming in pain.

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Video Clipcrawleye1.mpg - 1.8m
Who threw a stuffed doll off the mountain? I love how the man (who is supposed to be missing his head) says, "No!" Hehehe!

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The Crawling Eye
Reply #1. Posted on June 23, 1999, 08:51:21 PM by Aufngr86
I have loved this movie since I was a kid.  OK, so it's silly.  I still love the eye playing ball with the little girl.  And, of course, the classic "bombing" scene.  Just a fun movie.  
The Crawling Eye
Reply #2. Posted on July 14, 1999, 04:05:46 AM by Squishy
If you're lucky enough to get "Cartoon Network" the show "Freakazoid" does an incredibly faithful send-up of "Crawling Eye" in one episode, except anyone who disappears on the mountain...nah, watch it, you'll see. Heh heh.  
The Crawling Eye
Reply #3. Posted on November 01, 1999, 11:07:25 AM by
Wouldn't Switzerland be somewhat miffed at the British for bombing one of its observatories on the authority of some guy who used to work for the UN, and a local physicist?
The Crawling Eye
Reply #4. Posted on November 17, 1999, 03:00:11 AM by Patrick
Wow,that Forrest Tucker is a real take-charge kind of guy!  I watched this for the first time on AMC, loved every second of it.  Thoroughly disgusting monsters.  Nice intruding wires on the tentacles.  Everything I hoped and prayed it would be.
The Crawling Eye
Reply #5. Posted on February 20, 2000, 04:57:34 PM by Stefan Robak
That's one of my favourite episodes of Freakazoid

Frekazoid and a guy in a trenchcoat are on a sky lift type thing:
Freakazoid: "Wow, this place is great.  It's just like the sky buckets at Disney world."
Omnious Guy: "Not anymore I'm afraid."
Freakazoid: "What do you mean"
O.G.: "Disney World no longer have skybuckets.  They took them out a couple years ago."
Freakazoid: "Oh, well they still have the little boats right?"
Omnious Guy bites his index knuckle.
Freakazoid: "NOOOOOOOO!"

Also:
O.G.: "We must go.  It's not safe lingering after dark."
Freakazoid: "But... It's day."
O.G.: "Oh, then I guess we can linger for a little while londer............ OK let's go"
The Crawling Eye
Reply #6. Posted on February 24, 2000, 04:45:08 PM by Paul H.
Yep Freakazoid is the king.  And he has good taste in movies.  the Crawling eye suffers from the "all movies pre 1960 being slow and boring in parts syndrome."  But the bad science in this movie is great and the overly dramatic acting is good for a laugh.  A fun movie to watch but not good like day of the triffids.
The Crawling Eye
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Knox
Even with Saddam gone, we still long for the days when any civilian working for the UN could go into another country (even neutral Switzerland) and order its citizens around without even being able to speak their language.

I like this film and have a copy of it, but I couldn't help notice that it has a major script flaw in it (like most other sci-fi/horror movies of any era) -- no one seems interested in what the things look like before they actually meet. Tucker sees one when he rescues the girl in the hotel, but he doesn't mention anything about it to the people in the observatory. In real life, the monster's appearance would be one of the main points of interest.

The Crawling Eye
Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Carmine Barbarise
I saw this on Chiller Theater in the New York/New Jersey area in the 1960's on WPIX Cahennel 11.  Does anyone knoiw where to find those great horror themes from those shows?  Chiller Theater, Supernatural Theater and Creature Features were the big ones.  Please somebody write to me and let me know!  Thanks.
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