The Crawling Eye (1958)

The nightmare terror of the slithering eye that unleashed agonizing horror on a screaming world!

I watched the 1958 Alliance Film Studios horror movie “The Crawling Eye”, known as the “The Trollenberg Terror” in Europe, on Svengoolie. It seems that there is a radioactive cloud that hovers over Mount Trollenberg in Switzerland that has had unusual accidents occurring near it. Sisters Anne and Sarah Pilgrim are worried when Anne’s telepathic sense goes haywire. United Nations troubleshooter Alan Brooks, joined by journalist Philip Truscott is investigating and suspects these deaths are related to similar incidents,

from three years earlier, that occurred in the Andes Mountains which involved a similar radioactive cloud. The movie is produced by Robert S Baker (Jack The Ripper, TV episodes of The Saint),

and  Monty Berman (What a Carve Up!, The Hellfire Club, TV episodes of The Saint). The director is Quentin Lawrence (TV episodes of The Avengers, H.G. Wells The Invisible Man).

Anne is played by Janet Munro (Darby O’Gill and the Little People, Swiss Family Robinson), Sarah is played by Jennifer Jayne (Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, Hysteria, The Liquidator, They Came from Beyond Space, The Medusa Touch, The Jigsaw Man),

Alan is played by Forrest Tucker (Hellfire, Sands of Iwo Jima, Warpath, The Abominable Snowman, Chisum, Timestalkers, TV episodes of F-Troop, Daniel Boone, Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Alias Smith and Jones, Columbo, Kojak, The Bionic Woman),

Phillip is played by Laurence Payne (A Tale of Two Cities, Mystery Submarine, Vampire Circus), Warren Mitchell (The Curse of the Werewolf, Unearthly Stranger, Help!, Till Death Us Do Part, Moon Zero Two, Jabberwocky), Frederick Schiller (Sink the Bismarck!, The Dirty Dozen),

Colin Douglas (The Valiant, Captain Clegg, TV episodes of Doctor Who, All Creatures Great and Small), Stuart Saunders (Horrors of the Black Museum, Octopussy, lots of British television) and

Andrew Faulds (Blood of the Vampire, Cleopatra, Jason and the Argonauts, Lisztomania, lots of British television). “The Crawling Eye” helped inspire John Carpenter’s “The Fog” and was mentioned by Stephen King in his 1986 horror novel “It”.

This is a very low-budget movie and kinda bad at times, but a good kind of bad. It certainly has some crazy, good alien attacks. I’ll give this movie 2.5 out of 5 stars. For more information read Wikipedia, IMDB, and Rotten Tomatoes.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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