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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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The Crawling Eye
Reply #9. Posted on May 10, 2000, 10:03:39 PM by Minadog
Seen it on chiller theater, remember good ole Zac. New York loves monsters. Too bad channel eleven is not WPIX anymore. Back then our area TV with the old channels five,nine, and eleven were better than today's cable!! Oh yes, if you are a Forrest Tucker fan, then don't forget to watch The Abominable snow man. It may be his best!
The Crawling Eye
Reply #10. Posted on July 26, 2000, 07:00:43 PM by Chadzilla
I saw this countless times when I was a kid, KTVU must have owned a copy or something, and the first time I saw it it scared the beejesus out of me.  It's still a whole lot of fun and far better (and far, far, far more original) than some of the dreck being dumped into theaters and video rental outlets these days.
The Crawling Eye
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Bri
Crawling Eye - best thing Tucker did before F-Troop.
Minadog remembers Chiller Theater - I would love to see that creepy plasticine hand emerging from the barren crack in the ground. And that eerie psychedelic music with the evil voice, "CHILLLL-ERRR". Can you tell this traumatized me for life seeing it as a little kid on WPIX Channel 11 in NY?
Can anyone direct me to a place where I can view this again so I can exorcize my demons and sort these issues out!!
Oh - and Creature Feature on Metromedia Channel 5 too, please.
The Crawling Eye
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by bob
Saw this for the first time at 8 yrs. old. Scared the sh*t out of me, (especially the head part). Had to turn it off, but would go back for more. "Fell in love" at the tender age of 8 with the pretty actress. Anyone know who she is and where is she now? It was shown frequently on "Million Dollar Movie" on WOR in NY, NY.
The Crawling Eye
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Armadillo
Forrest Tucker surpasses himself (he has to, he can't do any worse) in this British sci-fi/horror opus.  This movie is like a meeting of alcoholics unanimous as everyone has a drink before going up the mountain.  The ethnic (Swiss, German?) scientist looks like Groucho Marx.  Overall, this is my kind of movie with creeping mists, people calling out to something in the mists, and people then disappearing.  I wish the kid chasing the ball had been caught in the tentacle.  That would have been a no no for a 50's flick.
The Crawling Eye
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by rob
As ridiculous as it is to admit this ; when I was around 8 or 9, I saw this film for the first time it frightened me on a very profound some ways it was one of the very first examples of how powerful "fear" can be. I remember years later---seeing it's title in TV guide and getting a terrified feeling at the thought of watching it again at midnight or whatever time it was going to be on
The Crawling Eye
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Georgiann
I remember, too, the almost primal fear response I had as a child to a few movies, and "The Crawling Eye" was one of them.  The others were "Fiend Without a Face", "The Killer Shrews" and the original "Invaders from Mars".  Some of them had good special effects, some of them had ludicrous effects, but those few scared me at some primitive level, unlike anything I've seen since.  
The Crawling Eye
Reply #16. Posted on March 05, 2001, 12:41:10 AM by John
Did anyone else notice that in the opening sequence of the train going thru the tunnel, that the light at the end and the tracks combined to form a neat optical illusion resembling one of the Crawling Eyes?  Maybe just my imagination? Watch and see what you think.
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