When I was a kid, my father really enjoyed Horror movies (I suspect that he probably helped me to develop my interest in the genre.) With that said I remember when both me and my sister were kids, my father used to draw from two particular Horror or Science Fiction movies to tell us kids scary stories…
The first one being Vincent Price’s The Pit And The Pendulum (1961) (The Horror movie). The other one being Forrest Tucker’s The Crawling Eye (1958) (admittedly ‘The Crawling Eye’ is not exclusively Science Fiction, it also does have a strong horror base.)
With that said, I have never been able to see the movie (wasn’t even certain of where to find a copy of it.) Then I was talking with him about the movie about a week ago, and he sent it to me a week later (with out prompting.)
Anyway, this movie turned out to be so good that you know I had to recommend it to all you B Movie fans out there…
Written by: Jimmy Sangster (Horror Of Dracula) and Directed by: Quentin Lawrence (Catweazle). Starring: Forrest Tucker (F Troop), Laurence Payne (Vampire Circus), Jennifer Jayne (They Came From Outer Space), Janet Munro (Swiss Family Robinson) and Warren Mitchell (Jabberwocky).
The Crawling Eye tells the story of the terror on the Trollenberg…
What I mean by this is that the movie starts off with Sarah (Jayne) and Anne (Munro) Pilgrim, a sister telekinesis act that are on the train heading to Geneva Switzerland for a vacation.
With them in their car is Alan Brooks (Tucker) who is an agent with the U.N. who has also decided to head to the city of Trollenberg in Switzerland to take a Holiday and to meet a Professor by the name of Crevett (Mitchell), who is a friend of Alan’s, and who wrote to Alan about a situation on the Trollenberg mountain that was similar to another situation that the two of them investigated, but missed their chance to conclude officially in the Andes.
Now what the situation was, was that both Alan and Professor Crevett investigated was a situation in the Andes, in which a sub zero, radioactive cloud was in the Andes mountains, and during this time people were dying when they got caught up in the cloud. Now there was a local shaman that had a high ESP level that apparently affected the cloud negatively because one of the latest victims came back as a Zombie and killed the both the Shaman and himself…
With that said, and with Anne insistent that both she and her sister Sarah head to the town of Trollenberg, it looks like Anne, Sarah, Alan as well as the rest of the town of Trollenberg are going to find out more then they anticipated, when they find out what is lurking inside of that cloud!
What I liked about this movie and what I truly do believe makes this an Awesome B Movie is a couple of things:
1. When I was a kid I used to watch old re-runs of the TV show F Troop, and I thought that the show was quite hilarious being as it is about an inept U.S. Calvary unit back in the 19th century and the hijinks that they get in to… Well one of the cast members that I had always really liked was (drum roll please….) Forrest Tucker (who played Sgt. Morgan O’Rourke) was a major player in that show.
With that said, since I stopped watching that show when I was a kid, I haven’t seen anything else that he did till now. Watching The Crawling Eye was a fond reminder of just how truly brilliant of an actor this guy really was!
2. I also found this to be rather fascinating. John Carpenter (Someone’s Watching Me!) (And also one of my favorite directors) said that the part of the Alien in the cloud was his inspiration for his movie, The Fog (1980).
3. Also apparently the creature was used in a segment of the novel, ‘It’ by Stephen King, when the main characters run in to the Alien in the sewer.
4. I also thought that I would mention this because it is kind of cool, but apparently this was the last film to be produced by Southall Studios, which as it turns out was one of the first movie studios in the UK!
5. The last thing that I thought that I would mention here is the fact that this movie was originally called, ‘The Trollenberg Terror.’
With that said folks, if you are looking for a fun, edge of your seat, scary good time, then I highly recommend this movie, it is awesome!