The Hypnotic Eye

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A curious "gimmick" movie in the William Castle tradition (though not itself a Castle project), screenings of this film featured a hokey but creative "Hypno-Magic" process allegedly designed to hypnotize the theater audience. The otherwise mundane psycho-thriller plot features Jacques Bergerac as stage mesmerist "The Great Desmond," whose act includes hypnotizing entire audiences into performing rather dull Simon-says maneuvers and such. The real trick, it turns out, involves Desmond's Svengali-like seduction of his more comely female patrons -- most of which end up horribly disfigured the next morning, the victims of apparent self-mutilation. Thanks to several scenes hinting at the obvious hatred Desmond's wife and assistant, Justine (Allison Hayes), harbors toward her husband's pretty subjects, there's not much of a mystery here. Nevertheless, the police are baffled, leading one victim's best friend to set herself up as bait and trap the guilty party -- whose secret is revealed in the "shocking" climax. The Hypno-Magic gimmick, though certainly ineffective, provides some of the film's more hilarious diversions, and thoroughly disarms any potential for suspense.


Jacques Bergerac
as The Great Desmond
Marcia Henderson
as Marcia Blaine
Merry Anders
as Dodie Wilson
Joseph Patridge
as Det. Steve Kennedy
Guy Prescott
as Dr. Philip Hecht
James Lydon
as Emergency Doctor
Laurence Lipton
as King of the Beatniks
Phyllis Cole
as Mrs. McNear
Jimmy Lydon
as Emergency Doctor
Carol Thurston
as Doris Scott
Holly Harris
as Mrs. Stevens
Mary Foran
as June Mayes
Ferdinand W. Demara
as Hospital Doctor
Lawrence Lipton
as King of the Beatniks
Eric Nord
as Bongo Drummer
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