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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 #33. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by John
This movie scared me as a kid too. When it came out in VHS I was in college and made up the "Crawling Eye" drinking game, whenever the word "cloud" is mentioned, you take a in
PROFESSOR: "And then there is the cloud"
BROOKS: Cloud? What cloud?"
PROFESSOR: You know what cloud. The cloud where there not supposed to be a cloud"
BROOKS: "Where there are mountains, there are always clouds"

As you can see, one gets quite drunk playing this game..Excellent movie a good scare and laugh...Long live Alan Brooks!!!
The Crawling Eye
Reply #34. Posted on December 29, 2004, 10:31:42 AM by Sawfish
This movie scared the daylights out of me when I was a kid.....the special effects and story-line seemed so real. Forty years later I saw it again ........had a very good laugh.  
The Crawling Eye
Reply #35. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Bob
Oh.......It is so hot!!!

Why is it I can't get that dumb line out of my head.
The Crawling Eye
Reply #36. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by :)
"The Trollenberg Terror" is so unbelievably imbecilic... it's difficult to believe that Carpenter would not have shot "Fog" if this garbage had never existed...
The Crawling Eye
Reply #37. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Manuel Antares Richard Sanchez
Back in the early 60's it was KGO's "Chillers from Science Fiction" that scared San Franciscans such as I.
The terror of the Trollenberg that reached so deep within me as a child was the sight and sense of those spindly tendrils being able invade any area, any shelter.
Home was no longer safe.
For days after the viewing -no, make that nights- I'd look about the house, and every room betrayed a window, or a door to the unseen horrors awaiting without. The vunerability and treachery those portals now suggested was profound.
Now reduced the scope of that realization to the memory of a small mountain cabin occupied by one lone soul watching the night mists slowly enveloping the Trollenberg, all the while unaware of the impending doom stealthily approaching him. Yikes!

Then there was the dark droning announcing the "Ixodes"* themselves. Like the fog, which in and of itself also did not kill, there was no easily escaping it.
The otherworldy drone was pervasive, permeating every corner of one's being. The walls themselves became transparent. No use, my hiding in a closet, I'd still have to listen against my will.

So, here was sound, yet another far ranging facet turned traitor. Was there any refuge out of harm's potential reach?

That's what I think scared the willies out of me as an impressionable adolescent. That's what got to me: the loss of boundaries; the breach and total collapse of any zone of protection. All it took was that dumb ol' door being knocked open in the movie. The psychological violation was visceral. Sheesh!

Okay you monsters, you watching eyes, that's bad enough, but d'ya also have to around ripping off peoples heads?! Man oh man!

Of course as an adult, from behind a different bulwark and a span of several decades, I can laugh at that. I can laugh at the risible effects, inane science, and lapses of logic that occasion the film. And I can laugh at myself. In my credulous childhood, however, no such emotional distance was afforded me.

On a lighter note:
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning and on the mountain. Smelled like...Ixodes!" (see also: Tarantula)

*"Ixodes" was the name given the aliens in the British teleplay on which this film of the same name: 'The Trollenberg Terror' a.k.a. 'The Crawling Eye' is based. I wonder if any kinescopes of those plays exist? Imagine for instance, getting to view the original Quatermass series!
The Crawling Eye
Reply #38. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by timengel
Sheesh - I watched this movie with my big bro when I was about 5 years old...I remember it being really scary back then (around 1960).  I was so happy when the beseiged mountain folk cooked up those molotov cocktails!
Now - if you want a good knockoff(spoof)of the old 50's sci-fi's - how about 'The Lost Skeleton of Cadavre'?  My bro just showed me that movie last weekend and I laughed so hard I spit out my esophagus!!  :o)
The Crawling Eye
Reply #39. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Bob
I'm glad to see that the majority of the boarders here were affected by this when they were kids.
It did exactly what it was suppose to: scare you!
Thank God we didn't have VCR's or DVD's back then, we all probably wouldn't have as powerful memories of movies like this (along with "Invaders from Mars", "Kronos", "Invisible Invaders" etc)if we had been able to disect them frame by frame as we can today.
That being said, of course that's exactly what my kids and I do when we watch the old sci-fi/horror flics, and they're fun on a whole different level.
Speaking of which, I read all of the above comments from the 'strings on tentacles' etc. and I was surprised to see that no one seemed to notice that the British jet that was doing the bombing, was actually 2 very different and distinct aircraft.
If you want to check it out the best, pause just as the first one is peeling off and you see large ID numbers, jet engines very integral to the angular wings, no pods or drop tanks, and of course the paint is black.
Later on, we see peeling off a jet with small ID numbers, engines protruding from the more rounded wings, 3 seperate pods, and the jet is now grey!
Heck, it's all in fun, and I hope I get to see more of the old b&w 'classics'---hmmm, I wonder if "The Thing" is on tonight?
The Crawling Eye
Reply #40. Posted on October 25, 2005, 07:55:33 PM by Kirk
I agree that it is a fun movie to watch with the right frame of mind (or a couple of beers).  Anybody notice the doctor give the re-animated dead man a shot to put him out?  How does that work if your blood stops pumping?
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