The Crawling Eye (The Trollenberg Terror) (1958)




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The Trollenberg Terror was adapted for the screen by Jimmy Sangster from the popular BBC TV serial by Peter Key. At the remote Alpine village of Trollenberg, someone or something is killing off mountain climbers. The culprits turn out to be an army of one-eyed, tentacled, beasts from outer space, who hide themselves in a radioactive cloud. Crawling along like snails, these horrific creatures attempt to neutralize their human foes by pumping a freezing fog at their pursuers. It helps matters not at all that some of the locals have been mentally enslaved by the monsters. It's up to American scientist Alan Brooks to save the day. The Trollenberg Terror was retitled The Crawling Eye when it was released in the U.S. on a double bill with The Cosmic Terror.
NR (violence)
Art House & International , Classics , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Forrest Tucker
as Alan Brooks
Janet Munro
as Anne Pilgrim
Laurence Payne
as Philip Truscott
Jennifer Jayne
as Sarah Pilgrim
Warren Mitchell
as Prof. Crevett
Stuart Saunders
as Dewhurst
Richard Golding
as First Villager
George Herbert
as Second Villager
Anne Sharp
as German Woman
Anne Sharpe
as German Woman with Little Girl
Caroline Glazer
as Litte Girl
Garard Green
as Search Plane Pilot
Jeremy Longhurst
as First Student Climber
Anthony Parker
as Second Student Climber
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Critic Reviews for The Crawling Eye (The Trollenberg Terror)

All Critics (8)

Although hampered by a low budget and some laughable model work, The Trollenberg Terror certainly has its moments.

Full Review… | March 21, 2011
SFX Magazine

The Crawling Eye (1958) is a bad movie -- but it's the good kind of bad, with not a mean-spirited bone in its gelatinous, pimple-shaped, tentacled, one-eyed body.

Full Review… | April 4, 2006

Arctic build-up to laughable eye finale is overall time waster

October 19, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Perhaps "fun kitsch nostalgia" bad - but nowhere near good.

July 25, 2002

The Crawling Eye may be a good film to see on late night cable TV while you are hoisting a few at the bar.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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August 7, 2005
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Audience Reviews for The Crawling Eye (The Trollenberg Terror)


A group individuals arrived at a snow mountain village where the mountainers began to die from decapitation, one telepathic girl suggested that something sinister is behind the gruesome deaths and the group set to find out there is an extra terrestrial creature (the Crawling Eye) residing within the moutains and seeking to destroy the human race. It's really more of a suspense film rather than horror. All the talking was too boring to keep me engaged, even MST3K couldn't help it

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

This film- it was more dull and boring than cheesy. The plot is hard to keep up with at parts- Two sisters and some guy played by Forrest Tucker go to Trollinburg- however, one sister is a mind reader and senses something bad will happen in a series of bad dreams. She's right- somebody has been killing hikers lately- it turns out to be a cheesy looking walking giant eye, which focuses on killing everyone. This movie- which I watched the MST3K version of- was VERY boring. I can't believe to say how boring this so-called movie is. The things that are cheesy are just the eye itself and some fake fight scenes. Yes, this movie can be watched by anyone that it's so fake, but any watcher that is human will be in a bore-fest. Two thumbs down.

Jordan Krampf
Jordan Krampf

There's not much you can do when crazy eye aliens attack I guess, but the whole story is kinda stupid. It could have been better.

Aj V
Aj V

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