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“Alan, we’re in big trouble. The cloud is splitting up!” The cloud is splitting? Run for your lives! Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they make a trip to Trollenberg for an eyewitness account of the terror known as Tempean’s The Crawling Eye (1958), aka The Trollenberg Terror.
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 129 – The Crawling Eye (1958)
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A series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appear to be connected to a mysterious, radioactive cloud. The cloud turns out to be inhabited by horrible alien creatures who like to decapitate humans and are also in telepathic communication with certain people.
- Director: Quentin Lawrence
- Writers: Jimmy Sangster (screenplay); Peter Key (aka George Kerr, Jack Cross, & Giles Cooper) (story)
- Produced by: Robert S. Baker, Monty Berman
- Production Company: Tempean Films
- Music by: Stanley Black
- Cinematography by: Monty Berman (director of photography)
- Selected Cast:
- Forrest Tucker as Alan Brooks
- Laurence Payne as Philip Truscott
- Jennifer Jayne as Sarah Pilgrim
- Janet Munro as Anne Pilgrim
- Warren Mitchell as Professor Crevett
- Frederick Schiller as Mayor Klein
- Andrew Faulds as Brett
- Stuart Saunders as Dewhurst
- Colin Douglas as Hans
- Derek Sydney as Wilde
- Richard Golding as first villager
- George Herbert as second villager
- Anne Sharp as German woman
- Leslie Heritage as Carl
- Jeremy Longhurst as first student climber
- Anthony Parker as second student climber
- Theodore Wilhelm as Fritz
- Garard Green as pilot
- Caroline Claser as little girl
Jeff chose this one and he loves it! Even though the effects may be a bit cheesy, he stares agog at the title characters. Janet Munro, Forrest Tucker, the terribly but awesomely acted professor, and a well-paced script make The Crawling Eye a fun watch.
The Crawling Eye is a pleasant sight to behold for Daphne, who shows up for the podcast as Daph-eye-ne, complete with costume. She likes how it starts off with a bang, (actually a decapitation) and she loves the “leg-a-cles.” Whitney also describes the effects as wild and cheesy but then reminds Grue-believers how much she loves cheese. The Crawling Eye is a fun, crazy film, what with all the ocular shenanigans. Chad is reminded of a Quatermass film with a tinge of film-noir with some of its dark shots and characters knowingly walking into danger. He lauds the well-thought-out, Jimmy Sangster-penned script.
Your Classic Era Grue Crew unanimously labels The Crawling Eye a fun movie that includes its share of tension. At the time of this writing, the film can be streamed from the Classic Horror Movie Channel and the Classic Sci-Fi Movie Channel.
Jeff shows off his fresh copy of Little Shoppe of Horrors, issue 48, featuring Robert S. Baker, Monty Berman, and the films of Tempean. Of particular use to the Classic Era Grue Crew is “The Trollenberg Terror” by Clive Dawson. New and back issues of Little Shoppe of Horrors (The Journal of Classic British Horror Films), are available at https://www.littleshoppeofhorrors.com/
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Daphne: Mario Bava’s Kill, Baby… Kill! (1966).
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