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Crawling Eye, The
(1958)
Reviewed by Scott Murdock
Rating: 5 Beans

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n alien race has arrived to wipe out mankind and take over the Earth. What better place to begin this terrible onslaught than the Swiss Alps?

Two sisters with a mind-reading act are touring Europe by train on their vacation when the psychic sister sees a vision of a mountain climber getting killed near the town that happens to be the train's next stop -- Trollenberg, Switzerland. The women get off the train in this unplanned vacation stop, get hooked up in the hotsel, and meet several of the hotel's guests including scientists. The women learn that the vision is indeed true, a mountain climber had been decapitated while exploring a mysterious cloud high atop Trollenburg Mountain.

After some more visions, some more decapitations, and some hostile takeovers of human corpses, we learn that the mysterious cloud is concealing invaders from another planet... gigantic tentacle-laden eyeballs bent on destroying the Earth. Unfortunately the only places on Earth with a climate this species can survive is the peaks of mountains, leaving the aliens to the cumbersome task of wiping out the Earth one mountaineer at a time until they can figure out a way to change the climate of the entire planet.

Believe it or not, the story is actually kind of interesting. Unfortunately, the quality of the workmanship doesn't live up to the quality of the script. Some of the stock footage scenes are very scratchy and damaged, and the soundtrack is so poor that often dialogue is indiscernable. But the special effects are truly what make this movie so BMN special. For example, there's Trollenberg Mountain, which each time it's shown looks like a postcard with a smudge on it to represent the mysterious cloud. But best of all, of course, are the creatures. Vaseline-covered balloons with a plastic eyeball and little rubber tentacles glued on. The best place to catch these classic creatures is in the climax of the movie when the whole herd is attacking the flaming observatory. Talk about a poor job of using minatures! Pay special attention to the laughable effects when one of the creatures grabs a man and yanks him into the air.

Oh, and did I mention that the mysterious cloud is radioactive? What's a 1950s sci-fi movie without radioactivity being mentioned somewhere?






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