The Crawling Eye
TRYING TIMES ON THE TROLLENBERG.82>
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?