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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2008
If you want this film...THIS is the version to get (Image Entertainment/Wade Williams Collection, see product photo. above).
It is the original British film (even with the onscreen title of 'The Trollenberg Terror) in EXCELLENT quality AND in Anamorphic Widescreen with the original trailer.
What are you still down here for ? Scroll up and hit the 'Add to Basket' button NOW !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2010
Well above average for genre and period when it was made although the film opens with its original title "Trollenberg Terror". Maybe that wasn't catchy enough to sell it when it opened. Plot reasonably simple and with a little suspense, the "Terror" got a laugh and a cheer when I saw it. Nice balance in when the monster is revealed, some do it too early so you cant build suspense others leave it for the last 5 mins by which time you dont care.

Warren Mitchell (better known for his role as Alf Garnet) is the scientist. He plays the role fine but its hard to believe once you have seen him as Alf.
Pin sharp picture quality could probably transfer to HD no problem unlike some of the 70's and 80's stuff

A good bang for your buck if you like these types of films, I've spent more for a lot lot worse.........I'm off to watch it again, see if I can spot any mistakes in it this time
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 5 March 2006
This movie is based on a British TV series The Trollenberg Terror.
A mysterious cloud is occupying the mountain. People are mysteriously disappearing or at least their heads are detaching. Alan Brooks (Forest Tucker) has seen this happen before and is familiar with the phenomenon so he is sent to investigate. Also Sarah Pilgrim (Jennifer Jayne) a psychic in a sister act is compelled to go there; if you do not keep your EYE on her she has a tendency to wander off in a trance.
There is something funny about one of the disappearing villagers that suddenly returns.
It looks like the only hope for the town’s people is to head for the lab at the top of the sky lift as it has thick concrete walls. The lab is equipped the standard 50's SCI/FI equipment. Yet your future is cloudy (radioactive cloudy). When confronted by a mysterious eye will you freeze in your tracks or do you have a tentacle to be lifted by the experience.
Do not watch this movie if you are in a cabin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
For some reason, the US releasers of this little gem of a movie thought that it would sell better if they did two things - give away the monster by showing it on the cover, and implying that the film has been colourised. Fear not - once out of the box, this is the original "Trollenburg Terror" it all it's black and white glory. In fact, as other reviewers have mentioned this is a cracking transfer - you only have to look at the original trailer (which is included in the extras) to see how well the film has been restored. It's also worth mentioning that although it's a US import, and listed as Region 1, it played fine on my Region 2 player. What of the film itself? Think the original Thing relocated to the Swiss Alps. This is a forgotten gem of a scif-fi movie - a little slow by modern standards and, yes, the SFX are clunky, but for all that it's actually very watchable. Well acted, well filmed and tense in all the right places. A must for sci-fi movie buffs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 January 2015
The Crawling eye aka The Trollenberg Terror is a great 50s black and white Sci-fi, this review is the region 1 DVD which is region free so will play on UK dvd players and is much cheaper to buy than the UK release. With the film based in the Swiss Alps and with the cloud of mist which kills it's victims by decapitation and as the mysterious cloud descends on trollenberg. Alan Brooks(forrest tucker) is sent to investigate. The monsters who lie within the clouds are just great and funny to see and the battle to stay alive has a great battle scene and there are some very spooky scenes when the monsters take possession of there victims. This is a great film to watch on HALLOWEEN. Oh and the picture and sound quality is very good.

***FEATURES BELOW***

Region Free
Theatrical Trailer
Features a Pristine new film-to-video
-transfer from original source
-materials
Presented in 1.66 Theatrical Aspect Ratio
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Crawling Eye.

The filmic adaptation of a 1956 UK TV serial of the same name, The Trollenberg Terror is a whole bunch of fun and not deserving of the stinker reputation it has in some sci-fi loving circles.

Action is set in Trollenberg, Switzerland and concerns a creature from outer space that has taken residence in a radioactive cloud atop of the Trollenberg mountain. As the bodies start to pile up and various climbers go missing on the mountain, the United Nations send a boffin to help the local scientists to hopefully solve the mystery.

The effects work has been the source of some disdain, and in truth it's poor but not the worst from the 1950s pantheon of "B" schlockers. The back projection scenes are crude, but again in keeping with the fun aspects of the genre and era. However, Jimmy Sangster's screenplay is tight and produces brainy conversations and strong sequences.

Horror comes by way of headless bodies turning up and that once sane people turn into maniacs as "the terror" weaves its magic. On the normal human side the narrative is given a boost by Janet Munro's (excellent) telepathic darling, something which troubles the visitors greatly and puts her in grave danger. The psychological aspects of the story mark this out as a genre piece of worth.

Elsewhere director Quentin Lawrence does a study job with what is available to him, Forest Tucker is the hero in waiting, playing it reserved like, and Warren Mitchell proves good foil for Tucker and the Terror! It's not a great film, but it is a good one, let down in some tech departments for sure, but strengths elsewhere make up for its flaws. 7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A radioactive cloud contains alien creatures that can kill and control a human bring. Their goal is to...well we are not sure, but their short term goal is to kill a clairvoyant named Anne Pilgrim (Janet Munro) as she poses a threat to them. Anne is a member of the frequent fainters club. If you pass out a lot, the doctor gives you a sedative. Alan Brooks (Forrest Tucker) is the only man that can save her and the planet.

The movie was film on a stage with an alpine backdrop giving the film that 3D Viewmaster effect. We do get to see the sluggish creatures near the end of the film.

Classic old science fiction/horror.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2006
One of the finest "Englische neo-Realismus" films of the Fifties. Director Quentin Lawrance plumbs the depths of eldritch horror with his groundbreaking, never-bettered use of stock footage and back projection. Star-for-hire Forrest (sic) Tucker excels in his portrayal of Mensch on the brink of interplanetary miscegenation. Your mother won't like this. Buy it, buy it, buy it. Worth every last penny, dears. Buy two and give one to your simple neighbour.
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on 23 July 2012
Entertaining sci-fi/horror starring American man mountain Forrest Tucker as Alan Brooke, a scientist sent to investigate a mysterious cloud. Made in 1958 by Hammer Studios and written by Hammer stalwart Jimmy Sangster, the Crawling Eye aka the Trollenberg Terror is based on a TV series made a few years before and also starring Laurence Payne. Why is there a cloud on the Trollenberg mountain that doesn't disappear and simply moves up and down the slopes? Why do climbers (there's lots of studio rock climbing) keep getting decapitated? In 84 minutes - this is the long version - we find out. Up until we see the monster it's all quite creepy, decapitations, dead men (future Labour MP Andrew Faulds) attacking their friends, Janet Munro's telepathy. However when it comes, the monster is less than convincing, just a big eye with tentacles. It's also particularly interesting to know that the solution to problems in the 1950's is to napalm everything! The picture on this isn't great - there's a lot of grain but the sound it quite good. It's presented in it's 1:66:1 theatrical aspect ratio. For those who like extras there's just a trailer and picture gallery.
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on 20 December 2014
Enjoyable mixture of Gothic Horror and Science Fiction with good Hammer atmospherics. Gamine Janet Munro, as always, is delightful in a little off-the-shoulder number. They may destroy the octopus-type monster from out of space with molotov coctails, and feast on friend calamari for supper, but I fear the radio-active cloud will have done for them.
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