THE CRAWLING EYE (1958)
(a.k.a. THE TROLLENBERG TERROR)
Article #425 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 5-14-2002
Posting date: 10-7-2002
Strange deaths are occuring on the Trollenberg mountain. An investigator from the United Nations shows up to look into the situation.
This British science fiction thriller has some of the feel of a Quatermass movie; like them, it was also based on a TV serial. It’s actually quite good, though the direction is a little stodgy and the special effects suffer quite a bit towards the end of the movie. The creatures are some of the most disgusting things this side of FIEND WITHOUT A FACE, and maybe I should count my blessings that the special effects aren’t any more convincing than they are. There’s a nice sense of depth to the story; some of the characters have definite histories with each other, and one can see that this might have made for a very interesting TV series. The most memorable scene is a real humdinger; it’s the opening scene of the movie, and was later parodied in an episode of the cartoon “Freakazoid”.