CURRENT FAVORITES

  Forbidden Planet

  Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

  Godzilla

  Gojira

  Green Slime

  It! The Terror From Beyond Space

  The Abominable Dr. Phibes

  The Crawling Eye

  The Mask of Fu Manchu

  The Thing

  Them!

  War of the Gargantuas

PRE-ATOMIC AGE

  Dracula

  Frankenstein (1931)

  Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

  Son of Frankenstein (1939)

  Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)

  Frankenstein Vs. The Wolf Man
  (1943)

  House of Frankenstein (1944)

  King Kong

  Son of Kong

  Metropolis

  The Mummy (1932)

  The Mummy's Hand (1940)

  The Mummy's Tomb (1942)

  The Mummy's Ghost (1944)

  The Mummy's Curse (1944)

  The Werewolf of London

  The Wolf Man

ATOMIC AGE

  Atomic Submarine

  It! The Terror From Beyond Space

  The Creature from the Black Lagoon

  Forbidden Planet

  The Deadly Mantis

  Kronos

  The Giant Claw

  The Giant from the Unknown

  The Thing From Another World

JAPAN

  Battle in Outer Space

  Gamera

  Godzilla

  Godzilla Raids Again

  Godzilla Vs. MechaGodzilla

  Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

  Gojira

  Green Slime

  Half Human

  Mothra

  Rodan

  Varan

GREAT BRITAIN

  Crack in the World

  Quatermass and The Pit

  Quatermass 2

  Spaceways

 The Abominable Snowman

  The Crawling Eye

  The Giant Behemoth

  X the Unknown

WEIRD AND UNIQUE FILMS

  The Adventures of
  Baron Munchausen

  The Abominable Dr. Phibes

  The Assassination Bureau

  The Big Lebowski

  The Phantom of the Paradise

  The Return of the Witch

  The Rocky Horror Picture Show

  The Saragossa Manuscript

  Theatre of Blood

  The Wicker Man

MODERN SCI FI FILMS

  2001

  Alien

  Aliens

  Count Dracula (1970)

  Dark Star

  The Mummy (Brendan Fraser)

  Silent Running

  Star Wars (1977)

  The Omega Man

  The Thing From Another World
  (Kurt Russell)

NON SCI FI FILMS

  Bad Boys

  Death Hunt

  Seven Samurai

  The Sin of Harold Diddlebock

  The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

FILMS I DON'T CARE FOR

  Event Horizon

  The Matrix

 

 

 

The Crawling Eye

TRYING TIMES ON THE TROLLENBERG. Typically unique and brilliant British sci fi with terrific acting and a clever story which unfolds nicely to an all-out attack on a mountain observatory by evil aliens. Fantastically great cheap special effects. Glorious black and white. A true gem.

The story begins with three mountaineers climbing the Trollenberg, two on screen and one unseen, above them. The unseen climber insists that it's "gone cold and foggy" before reporting that "there's someone coming!". The next thing you know he's decapitated, attributed to a climbing accident. Grisly.

Enter Alan Brooks, a UN investigator into unusual phenomenon, traveling by train to visit his friend, a scientist working in an observatory on the Trollenberg. He's sharing a compartment with Anne and Sarah Pilgrim, a mind reading act, which factors nicely into the plot. Anne Pilgrim is overcome at the sight of the Trollenberg and insists that they stop there for the night.

At the Hotel Europa Alan Brooks introduces the sisters and then travels up to the observatory to talk with Professor Crevett.

Among my favorite parts of this movie is the backstory that the protagonists have encountered this phenomenon before, "...like that time in the Andes?" Really adds depth to the story overall.

My favorite line is at the end when the reporter asks the psychic (Janet Munro) if she'd like to step out for a breath of fresh air. This is immediately after a bomber has been dropping incendiary explosives and roasting the eye monsters. IMAGINE THE STENCH.

This movie was very rarely seen on TV past a certain point and was difficult to find on VHS back in the day. I wonder if instructing the villagers as to how to fashion a Molotov Cocktail had anything to do with that?

 

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