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101 - The Crawling Eye



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I'm confused. The cable car goes up from the village to the observatory. Except it's not a stellar observatory. There's no giant reflector telescope on top. It's set up to observe the mountain. (Because apparently having a strange cloud hanging around is enough to get an entire building erected at the top of a mountain and filled with all sorts of expensive equipment.) So it has a great view of the peak. From what seems to be the peak of the next mountain over. They're looking straight across at the Trollenberg. So how is the observatory also the base of the trail to the peak of the Trollenberg?


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S0 glad that pe0ple are st1ll d1gg1nfth1 sh0w 1nckd1ng the new Netfj1x ep1s0des all these years later,,,


Story Time
Bela Lugosi's Twitching Eye - about 2 months ago
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This movie (and episode) in a roundabout way introduced me to MST3K. It all started when I was a little twitching eye and was watching Freakazoid one Saturday morning. The episode aired was known as "The Cloud" and was a parody of this very movie! I liked the episode so much I stumbled into The Crawling Eye and MST3K. I have been a die hard fan of both shows ever since.


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Science note: The reason dogs don't appear to sweat is that they lack sweat glands. Actually, though, they do have five small sweat glands: one on each paw, and one on the snout. For the most part, though, temperature is controlled by panting. Same principle: evaporating water carries away heat. Except it's evaporating off the tongue instead of the skin. More broadly, they shed more during warmer months, resulting in a thinner, cooler coat. (For indoor dogs, this often gets reversed, as their humans turn up the a/c in the summer and crank up the heat in winter.) Nice try, though, Dr. F.


Linda Televangelista - 5 months ago
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Conceptually not that bad a movie at all. I enjoy it.


James GreyWolf - about 3 years ago
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I am confused. This movie was made in 1958. Napalm was developed in 1942. But the fire-bombs that the plane dropped were a bit more structurally destructive than Napalm (all the dust coming down on impact). And... napalm has a wonderful splash effect when it hits. The bombing area in this film would only need one good hit considering how it spreads itself out on impact. But, hey, what did these guys know about air-strikes.


Dr. Forrester still had a lot to learn about bad movies, I guess
big_Greg - 7 months ago
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I loved "The Crawling Eye" (and ALL monster movies) as a kid in the 60s; I even remember having a nightmare about it, and becoming the hero who saved the day by jumping up on top of the monsters with a giant needle and burst them like water balloons. That's probably the only dream I still remember from my childhood, so this film made an impression on me.

Crawling Eye isn't really a "bad" movie; it scared me as a kid, anyway, and even though the monster isn't shown until the end, "The Crawling Eye" was a lot less boring than most Japanese monster movies which usually sucked glass doorknobs for the first hour.


NS - over 5 years ago
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Everybody looks so young!

And so stiff...


Jimmy Porto - over 5 years ago
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John Carpenter stated that this film was the inspiration for his film, "The Fog". "The Crawling Eye" had been a TV serial before becoming a film, Laurence Payne and Stuart Saunders reprise their roles from the serial. In the original production, the creatures were called "Ixodes".


harken23 - 7 months ago
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Did I miss it or was there not a single Visine joke?


Old computer joke
TheTwick - 10 months ago
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Was Joel feeding the bots 4K RAM chips?


purplegreenredyellow - about 4 years ago
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Crawling eyes are fun till someone gets their eye put out!


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I see a fair number of people commenting on this episode saying they're starting to watch the series from the beginning. Don't forget season 0! Yes, it's rough, but there are some real gems. And it's cool to watch things develop. I also like watching the Sandy Frank episodes back to back: season 0 vs season 3. Same movies, mostly the same cast, but different riffs and different feel (entirely ad libbed vs entirely scripted).


I actually really like this movie, very Lovecraftian.
Gymkata - over 1 year ago
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I actually really like this movie. I'm a big fan of H. P. Lovecraft, and this has a very Lovecraftian feeling to it. Seems like it's loosely based off Lovecraft's novella, "At the Mountain of Madness." The archeologists, the premonitions of dread, the dreaming of doom, her unkown draw to the mysterious mountain, and the "thing" in the mountain: ancient, alien, and it'll drive you insane just to look upon it. Very cool, in my opinion. :)


Zeitgeist Meister - 12 months ago
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Who was president when they made this film? Eye-senhower!


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Dr. Earhart sure has his nerve telling them about the movie's 'audio problems'; in most of these, his low-key, mumbling Servo-voice ~is~ the audio problem....


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Kind of weird to have Josh doing most of the fat jokes. He wasn't exactly a lightweight back then. Growing up as the fat kid, I guess I learned to beat people to those jokes. But always at myself. Never at anyone else.


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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I've never a few minutes in total of season 0 and 1 put together, and I've seen every episode from season 2 through the last season at least like ten times, others I'm afraid to know how many times I've seen. No Mike and no script, no good. Plus Josh Weinstein's Servo voice is barely audible in the theater. He mumbles everything. I'm sure they wanted someone with a big voice to take over for that reason, and Kevin Murphy definitely has a big voice.


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so weird.... I just finished season zero and theres such an abrupt change between the set design and host segments and the more familiar robot design. im all discombobulated!!!!! :(


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Never been a fan of seasons one or zero. I have to make my own riffs to survive the movies. Thee are just so many empty pauses in this movie that go unriffed...


Blab Sulkhead - over 4 years ago
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Love that electric bagpipe. Best version of Whole Lotta Love ever. Who needs Jimmy Page?


Elisa Farrington - about 4 years ago
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Servo: "Know a good Bob Hope joke?" - Honestly, what would be a good Bob Hope zinger to riff the scene of the guy standing outside the door at 1:14:16?


Certificate of Deep Hurting
William Mize, Not An Eskimo Spy - almost 3 years ago
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Decided to watch the entire series in order (again) and get my Certificate of Deep Hurting all official like. Starting today!


Zeitgeist Meister - about 2 years ago
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It's cool how much they kept from the KTMA days, and even wrote some continuity to explain the Mads' new surroundings.


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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Does anyone notice how weird Crow looks in the theater compared to the later 9 seasons?


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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I like how early in the Joel era, and to some extent even the later Joel era, he would teach the bots about humanity as if they were children. He also spent time to teach them, and the audience, about film concepts that aren't well known to most people and are frequently botched by bad movies like blocking, padding and "walking scenes".


Avalanche Danger
Donald Petkus - over 1 year ago
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There was a lot of shouting by the mountaIn climbers in a time when noises were thought to cause avalanches.


Teri Gee - over 3 years ago
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On this umpteenth viewing, I suddenly noticed that the Professor reminds me of Dr. F. Mustache, glasses, lab coat...


Ronnie Patrick E - about 3 years ago
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So happy I found this site...Best show to ever be on Television


Gene Ulm - over 2 years ago
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I lived a couple of estates (ten acre parcels) down from a famous Western Star that had a home in the area where I lived. Forrest Tucker was supposed to be in an episode of Bonanza (the final season in 1972),mi was able to meet Tucker through the mutual friend. I brought up this movie. He laughed, and said his agent booked him in a string of low budget movies but they paid immediately. He also said this movie was shot in twelve days, and the producers brought in lunch and dinner for the entire crew and the food was top notch. Tucker told me on the set of F Troop the catering was so cheap the tuna salad did not have mayo. Sometimes, the catering gave them the left overs from Pettycoat Junction, which was filmed in the adjoining sound stage. He also said he was able to keep the clothing he wore for this movie. His suits were Kuppenheimer's, a well known suit company in its time.


A Silhouette - about 3 years ago
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Giant eyeball can long distance mind control people in trains


MisterMSTie - about 3 years ago
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hahaha Crow's neck looks like it's broken and his head's all out of wack xD tehehe love these old episodes!!!


British SF Movies
Donald Petkus - about 2 years ago
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I'm impressed by British science fiction movies from the1950's. They had small budgets, but made up for it with interesting ideas and competent acting. X-The Unknown is my favorite from those days.


Abigail Adams - almost 2 years ago
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I remember the electric bagpipes! OMG is that annoying!


Kimono Dragon - almost 5 years ago
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At 44:49 Crow says, "Two men will reach the Senate..." and gets 'shushed' by Joel. Watch Crow's head turn. He's really not happy! A few seasons later that would evolve into an out of character 'dickweed', as they got more comfirtable with the boundaries, don't you think?


Bruce Box-Liker - over 5 years ago
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You know you're doing something wrong if the elusive alien vulnerability that you take the whole movie to discover is "Of course! We'll bombard them with napalm!"


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Joel drops Servo's RAM chip, and Josh has to hand it to him. Joel does a nice job of surreptitiously taking it and quickly putting his hand to his hip like nothing happened.


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"But this cloud remains static, on the side of the mountain. It never moves!"

Maybe because it's a matte painting?


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - almost 4 years ago
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Josh Weinstein had a mercurial wit. I personally prefer the ad lib riffs rather than the ones written down beforehand, they seem more natural, imho. ...and this is my 4th run through!


Rikhardr Bjarni - over 3 years ago
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I've got to say, the laugh quotient went way up as soon as Mike Nelson hit the credits!


Richard Hatfield - almost 2 years ago
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SO glad MST3K is alive and well. Don't go away again.


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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I have set myself the painfull goal of watching every episode in order start to finish. I have never before had the guts to try, but i just watched the whole rifftrax transformer series and having watched the WORST movies ever made i think I am ready for this!


Mr. Enharmonic for C Flat (Iguana) - almost 2 years ago
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I had to watch it again. I'm preparing for the revival. I tried to watch the first episode after the pilot in Season 0, but I sort of...couldn't sit through it. I feel so bad for not being able to, but it's just so....ugh. Anyways, I'm watching one of each network and then I'm gonna watch it close up.


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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ha! Crow's ram chip falls out of his mouth while he's talking and Trace tries to cover it up by making a spit up sort of sound.


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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hey annotation ppl i could be wrong but when the sisters introduce themselves on the train as the Pilgrims I think Joel quietly says "Billy". This, of course, a Slaughterhouse 5 reference


Mitchell - over 4 years ago
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When I was a kid they showed this kind ofcrap every Saturday afternoon, without the funny, as if it were actually worth watching on its own merits. Now I know they were experimenting with our young brains.


James GreyWolf - over 2 years ago
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William Johnson - over 3 years ago
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I'm starting from the beginning. I've watched MST3K since 1990 ... but I've never actually sat down and watched it from beginning to end. So, seeing that I was sick, I said 'what a time to start'. I'm going to view these as if looking at them for the first time.

The movie: Not a bad concept for '50s fare but the incredibly poor production value really drags it down.

The riffs: This one is pretty dull until the monsters show up ... and then Joel and the Bots are on fire, especially with the 'eye' puns.

Host Segments: Looking at it as if I didn't know what it will become, kind of dopey but endearing.

Overall: **1/2 out of ****


I like the reviews of these movies on www.badmovies.org
Dan Libby - over 3 years ago
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s1 e1
Matt Byrne - over 2 years ago
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OMG! forgot about MSF300...watched it years ago!! anyone else chatting right now?


Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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This movie reminds me of when I climbed Humphrey's Peak in AZ from the bottom (as opposed to driving 3/4 of the way up then walking to the summit).


Jinkee Nova - about 3 years ago
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Somehow, Tom Servo's original voice reminds me of a sarcastic girl I knew in elementary school.


Bill Greene - almost 3 years ago
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Starting my own quest for Deep Hurting after this!!


MMCandAMC - almost 3 years ago
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The most legit site i have ever seen! :)


Stevie Moore - almost 3 years ago
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Pretty funny episode actually.


damabon - about 3 years ago
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Nice movie to kick off the series


Gregory D Massa - about 3 years ago
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Lol ...this is the best


Claudette Poirier - about 5 years ago
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I only discovered this show in the last few seasons when it was on SYFY and I used to tape it (back when people had VCRs) I still have the few episodes but am so glad I found this site with all the episodes!!!


Angela Armstrong - over 3 years ago
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Aw man, I just found this site!! Luv it! I get to watch from start to finish. Yay!


Kelly Slane - almost 5 years ago
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Its so fun and interesting to watch the whole series, end on Diabolik, and then immediately start over (discounting the KTMA series) - the end of Diabolik (*spoiler alert*) is Mike and the bots watching The Crawling Eye - Its circular and just feels right - I watch that tiny tidbit and think "I should watch that episode" and BAM! Back to the beginning I go! I'M TRAPPED IN AN INFINITE LOOP! And I'm ok with that :)


Logan Kamerer - over 3 years ago
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I have decided that every night I am going to watch one episode strating from the beginning!


Dawn Donis Johnson - over 3 years ago
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I am doing the same as William Johnson. I am starting from the beginning and watching them all. I've watched a bunch in the past, but mainly the newer episodes. I love the fact that I can stream these and watch whenever I want


Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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Rockclimbing you guys. Rockclimbing.


Crypto Dentist - over 3 years ago
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You know, people often skip the early seasons or write them off as unfunny, but there are always glimmers of hilarity in each MST3K episode, from the very beginning. Admittedly season 1 eps aren't as gut-busting as some later experiments, but there's much more than campy value to these early ones, there's some good material. And it's wonderful to see where the series came from, years and years later.


teenagearmchairhonvedfan - almost 4 years ago
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Joel's getting really eyerate!


Linda Televangelista - almost 4 years ago
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A literary figure! That whole skit had me roaring.


E B - almost 4 years ago
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I wonder if the cast of 'F Troop' got together and beat the ever-loving crap out of Forrest Tucker after they saw this turkey?


Tanishia Williams - about 4 years ago
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I hope child protective services comes after the mom who didn't notice her kid was missing while they were running from giant eye monsters. I mean seriously, I bet she knew where her suitcase was.


Bryant Kinnaird - almost 4 years ago
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she'll drink anything


Jeffrey Adam Grewe - about 4 years ago
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i need 6 bags of onions and a giant eye screen test


Gustav Lugo - about 4 years ago
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well what an awesome discover this website is


David Busch - about 4 years ago
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Hey look guys...it looks like they're being followed by a movie!


Malachi le nomade - about 4 years ago
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For the box set, they should have had this and the last episode, like book ends!


ScottiePympyn - almost 5 years ago
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Forrest tucker good name bad actor lol


Joey Faucheux - over 4 years ago
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ok, I'm going to try and make a complete run of all the shows. I saw this movie as a kid and I was terrified of those monsters for years!


Tom Shk - about 4 years ago
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I can't believe they missed the dialogue riff at 36:20- "Not very good. There's a heavy cow coming down..."


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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I remember seeing this movie as a kid...the scariest part was when the people were trying to make their escape in the cable car. Hard to believe this could ever be scary. I was glad to hear CROW mention the eye lashes...a lot of people think they're just tentacles.


Ajax (what's my name?) - over 4 years ago
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This is the first episode I ever saw. Watched on Google Video, as it was before I found this website and put it on my hotbar.


Jason Shade - over 4 years ago
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I loveee this one


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"Joely-Poly Puddin' 'N Pie..."

"You squinty-eyed space chimp..."

Oh, that Clayton and his mood swings. Tsk!


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At about 0:21:00 -- Price & Pride in their film debut!

(I don't know if there was ever a "Price & Pride" joke on the show. It was more an East Coast thing...)


Gal Dagon - about 5 years ago
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It's strange coming back to this after watching all the episodes on this site and seeing how rough around the edges the show was.


James Clarke - about 5 years ago
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That was pretty funny. I am glad that I finally found this site. Favorite line, "Joel, you've examined the plot much more thoroughly than the writers." :D


A MST3K fan - over 5 years ago
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I love Joel!