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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 #57. Posted on September 07, 2008, 08:16:35 AM by RCMerchant
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.

I recall,when I was VERY young(6 0r 7) in the late 60's,we lived in Milton,NY. I watched TWO on a GUILLITINE on Chiller. The opening theme,with Vampira and the Collassal Man, scared the p**s outta me.
Re: The Crawling Eye
Reply #58. Posted on January 02, 2009, 06:08:03 AM by AlphaWoolf
I was given a copy of the DVD of CE a couple of years ago, and I must have watched it a dozen times since.  I find it incredibly re-watchable.  I'm also withdrawing my previous comments on the effects - they're not all that bad.  Certainly the excellent sound effects help make up for the creature visuals.  But in my repeated viewings I noticed a couple of things:

1.  An actual blooper - freeze frame as Janet Munro collapses onto Forrest Tucker in the early train scene, and you'll notice that the newspaper he's been reading is already crumpled up from previous takes of the scene.

2.  Intended humor?  CE takes itself very seriously.  There's really no humor in the film at all - or is there?  When the doctor is conducting the examination of the zombified Brett in the basement of the inn, the hotel manager is holding a lamp for him to see by.  The "lower...  lower...  lower...  put it on the floor." bit of dialogue has the ring of a scene from "Young Frankenstein" and gets a laugh from me.

Great to to see this site still kicking!
Re: The Crawling Eye
Reply #59. Posted on February 09, 2009, 07:50:18 PM by elDuendeVerde
I've just got to say: this is the best title to any movie, ever.
Re: The Crawling Eye
Reply #60. Posted on May 24, 2009, 09:05:56 PM by Maria
Okay, As for the good Professor. Just what kind of scientist is this?  If he's studying mountains, he's likely to be a geologist, right? So why would he be qualified to perform an autopsy on the Andean woman, the autopsy that he didn't get a chance to perform? 
Re: The Crawling Eye
Reply #61. Posted on February 15, 2010, 11:42:30 AM by Bonesey
Pretty entertaining movie. I thought the non telepathic sister was the pretty one.

I love how every 50's horror movie has to have the 'radioactive science' included.

One last thing, how the hell did Hans manage to make it to the observatory with the cable cars out?

Re: The Crawling Eye
Reply #62. Posted on April 23, 2010, 09:16:52 PM by Momo
 Yes, I too love this movie on Chiller Threatre- Channel 11 here in New York City in the late 60's and early 70's.  I have it on VHS and still looking for it on DVD.
Re: The Crawling Eye
Reply #63. Posted on August 17, 2010, 01:42:17 AM by ryan
Saw it via MST3K, actually one of the movies that still has some decent stuff in it.

Also, it wasn't the falling guy calling out NO!, it's the friend trying to pull him up that couldn't see him. He yells NO! when the other guy sees the one that fell has no head and lets go forcing him to let go or be pulled down too.
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