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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 

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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Re: The Crawling Eye
Reply #49. Posted on November 26, 2007, 06:20:22 PM by Flangepart
Scard the feces out of my kid want a copy of the MST3K version. "Dr. Groucho" included.
And old Forest. Joel and the Bots used every F-Troop riff they could.
Re: The Crawling Eye
Reply #50. Posted on February 28, 2008, 06:26:21 PM by Feral Barn Cat
The Crawling Eye was the first scary movie I saw on TV as a young kid.  It had to be around the time it was first made, which makes me old.  Anyway, it scared me so much I didn't want to go down the hall to bed afterwards and I've been hooked on Sci Fi ever since.  Recently, I found it on DVD and loved it just as much as ever. 
Re: The Crawling Eye
Reply #51. Posted on March 04, 2008, 11:50:16 AM by Giant Claw Jr
I do remeber this movie they destroyed it with molitove cocktails
Re: The Crawling Eye
Reply #52. Posted on March 04, 2008, 02:28:25 PM by JaseSF
If only they made movies half as good as this nowadays in terms of chilling atmosphere. Only the ending disappoints as it seems much too easy a solution. Apparently THE MIST owes this big time.
Re: The Crawling Eye
Reply #53. Posted on March 29, 2008, 09:13:16 PM by Jimmy B
This one has shown up recently on MonstersHD cable channel. Forgot how it gave me the creeps, too, when I was a kid. Still think they're the most hideous things I've ever seen and in a B movie no less.

Considering it was pretty cheap, how did they make those things with the eye moving and all??

Also, to early posters, don't think this was a Chiller Theater entry. I seem to remember it on Channel 9, probably on Supernatural Theater.
Re: The Crawling Eye
Reply #54. Posted on April 03, 2008, 11:14:47 AM by BixDugan
I have no memory of watching this as a kid.

The shot of Glenn Manning spearing a guy with a giant hypo needle is probably my first Horror memory.

But I do have the MST version. Only movie to show up in two episodes. It's been mentioned that the original title was "The Trollenberg Terror". I agree with the thought that such an ambiguous title didn't give away the ending. Who would've expected such a monster, until it was actually revealed?
But The Crawling Eye is a perfect Sci-Fi / Horror title, too.
Re: The Crawling Eye
Reply #55. Posted on August 08, 2008, 05:06:07 PM by timmy mac
to this day  it`s still my favorite all time horror classic. and it did scare the hell out of me when i saw it as a kid....couldn`t sleep that night....i`ve been reading all the comments and a lot of them are so true with my feelings also...i`ve turned so many people on to this movie and everyone  loved kids the most when they were every time we see fog it`s also the first comment out of their mouths....and they`re teens now!!!lol....i loved the statements about screw-ups in the movie but didn`t all  50`s movies have screw-ups?????......still wondering how the monster got into the hut without breaking any doors or windows!!!lol....and still wondering how hans got up to the observatory after he left the motel and was infected like favorite line..." cute little things , aren`t they!!!!!!".....and i do remember it being on supernatural theatre before chiller theatre......was very disappointed when forest tucker died and they listed his accomplishments and this wasn`t one of them...very want to get the chiller hand stuff......know anywhere i can get it????
Re: The Crawling Eye
Reply #56. Posted on September 06, 2008, 08:46:59 PM by Jimmy B
For "Chiller", it's on YouTube. Just search on "Chiller Theater" or something like that. You can even find the earlier one (that I remember) with 50-Foot Woman and Plan 9 clips in it.
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