The Crawling Eye (1958 film)

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The Trollenberg Terror, AKA The Crawling Eye (1956 serial, 1958 film)

Summary

In a small Swiss resort town, sisters Anne and Sarah Pilgrim are worried by Anne's telepathic sense, which goes haywire. Reporter Philip Truscott and U.N. worker Alan Brooks, who's in the area to investigate unusual radiation levels, also sense something is amiss. It turns out vicious extraterrestrials are living in a radiation cloud in the Alps, brutally killing anyone who comes near and threatening to descend upon the town.

Details

  • Release Date: 1956 (serial), 1958 (film)
  • Country/Language: UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Science Fiction, Horror, black-and-white
  • Runtime: 1 hr 24 min
  • Starring: Forrest Tucker, Laurence Payne, Jennifer Jayne
  • Director: Quentin Lawrence
  • Writer: Peter Key and Jimmy Sangster
  • Producer/Production Co: Tempean Films
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (none) (perhaps a "G" or a "PG" for mild off-screen violence)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)


Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • BrainEater dotcom, (link) - "In spite of the movie's many idiocies, I still find that a lot of it succeeds, if only because of its poker-faced seriousness...."
  • Andrew Borntrager at BadmoviesdotOrg (3/4 Slimes) (link)
  • Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (3/5 Stars) (link) - "The Trollenberg Terror (aka The Crawling Eye) is not an astoundingly great film – its story and the ground it covers is standard for the genre and all the rest, including the acting and effects is no more, no less than the average science-fiction film of the period. It is however well directed... However, when The Trollenberg Terror moves from the realm of psychological to outright horror – when it confronts its aliens – it becomes less effective."
  • Andrew Smith at Popcorn Pictures (link) - " Such is the case with The Trollenberg Terror. A good story, some eerie moments and a gradual sense of impending doom keep the film ticking over until the disappointing aliens are revealed."

Synopsis

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In a small Swiss resort town, sisters Anne and Sarah Pilgrim are worried by Anne's telepathic sense, which goes haywire. Reporter Philip Truscott and U.N. worker Alan Brooks, who's in the area to investigate unusual radiation levels, also sense something is amiss. It turns out vicious extraterrestrials are living in a radiation cloud in the Alps, brutally killing anyone who comes near and threatening to descend upon the town.


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