The Beast With a Million Eyes (1955)

Article #351 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 3-3-2002
Posting date: 7-18-2002

A creature from outer space lands in the desert and takes control of the animals in the vicinity.

This is another of the very early movies put out by AIP back when they were known as American Releasing Corp., and it looks extremely cheap and shows the work of people who were still in the process of learning their craft. It’s slow-moving, somewhat confusing, and the acting is wildly uneven. A lot of the animal attack scenes don’t work, simply because the cheapness of the production kept them from doing them effectively, but you get the gist of what’s going on anyway. In fact, the movie almost feels like a rough draft of a better movie, and you wonder how much better it might be if the makers had the time and money to work out its rough edges. Nonetheless, though the total effect ends up being somewhat surreal, it was entertaining enough and I enjoyed it. It features Paul Birch and a puppet of Paul Blaisdell’s.


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