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Friday, October 31, 2014

Attack of the Monsters of Terror!

I thought the best way to finish our month of Halloween Monster movies was to gather all the most popular monsters in to one movie. And here they are! The Werewolf, a Vampire, Frankenstein’s Monster, and the Mummy all are on the attack in the 1970 Spanish - German - Italian horror film titled Los Monstruos del Terror aka The Monsters of Terror (there was even supposed to be a Golem but they ran out of money).

Our film is also known as Assignment Terror, Dracula vs. Frankenstein, Reincarnator, and, even by the original shooting title of The Man Who Came From Ummo.

The Monsters of Terror, released theatrically in Germany in 1970, in Spain in 1971, and shown on American late night television starting in 1973, stars English born movie star Michael Rennie (best remembered as the friendly alien Klaatu from the classic 1951 movie The Day the Earth Stood Still) as Doctor Warnoff, an alien from a dying world who is leading an invasion of planet Earth. Warnoff, on orders from his superiors back on planet Ummo, reincarnates various people and monsters to help in his invasion.

The story is a quit a bit muddy on exactly what Warnoff’s “reincarnation” comprises. His first two victims are dead human doctors, Maleva (German actress Karin Dor) and Kerian (Spanish actor Angel de Pozo). In the case of these two, the human is dead, the body reanimated with the minds, apparently, of aliens but memories and emotions of the humans. But Warnoff (Micheal Rennie) also captures several other humans and it is unclear if they are alive and brainwashed or dead and reanimated.

Warnoff and his minions then set about gathering Earth’s most feared monsters. They find the skeleton of the Vampire Count Janos de Mialhoff at a carnival. They remove the wooden stake and the Vampire fleshes out. Next up is the Werewolf Waldemar Daninsky. The minions recover his body from his crypt, surgically remove a silver bullet from his heart and he wakes up. The minions then go to Egypt to find the Mummy Tao-Tet whom they uncover and control with a mystical mirror. Their final monster is Farancksalan’s (aka Frankenstein’s) Monster. There was also supposed to be a Golem as well as “whole segments of the script involving flying saucers” but “financial difficulties” interrupted filming and forced them to par down the film.

Spanish actor / screenwriter / director Paul Naschy (listed in the film credits as “Naschi”) wrote the screenplay for The Monsters of Terror. He also plays the Werewolf Waldemar Daninsky. Paul Naschy is recognized as “the Spanish Lon Chaney” for “his portrayals of numerous classic horror figures”. In fact, Paul has played more movie monsters than any other horror star in the world. Among his creations are:

  • Dracula
  • The Mummy
  • The Frankenstein Monster
  • Fu Manchu
  • The Hunchback
  • Rasputin
  • A Warlock
  • A Zombie
  • A Medieval Inquisitor
  • A serial killer
  • A Werewolf 

In fact, Werewolves were Paul Naschy’s favorite childhood monster and he played a Werewolf in 15 different films. Legendary film star Lon Chaney, Jr. only played a Werewolf seven times. In 1968, Paul wrote a screenplay about a Polish Werewolf named Waldemar Daninsky (La Marca del Hombre Lobo aka The Mark of the Wolfman). Paul never intended to portray his Werewolf but his producers could not find an actor they liked so they turned to Paul to play the part. Paul was able to take this role and spin off 11 film sequels as well as a successful acting / directing career for himself.

Paul Naschy’s Werewolf Waldemar Daninsky movies are not really a related series. Each of the movies is more or less a stand alone film (there is some overlap on a few of the films) while all use the same name of Waldemar Daninsky. The origins of Waldemar’s lycanthropy even differs from film to film. Los Monstruos del Terror aka The Monsters of Terror was, chronologically, the third Werewolf Waldemar Daninsky film. Besides the 12 Waldemar films, Paul Naschy also played a different Werewolf in 3 other films.

The Internet Archive has two versions of our film The Monsters of Terror aka Assignment Terror aka Dracula vs. Frankenstein. The most popular version is full screen. The other version is widescreen. The full screen version is missing about six minutes, most of which involve an aborted Werewolf attack on a girl waiting in a car (character Ilsa played by actress Patty Sheppard, soon to be love interest for our determined Inspector Tobermann, played by Craig Hill) and a successful attack on another girl and also some scenes of swinging 60’s singles in a bar. These missing scenes belong about 20 minutes into the film.

Both versions of the film have pros and cons. I watched the full screen version because the huge black borders for the widescreen version drove me batty. But the widescreen version appears to have better and brighter color and also does not look as dark as the full screen. Also the full screen version is very jumpy and abrupt in places throughout the movie. I did not watch the widescreen version all the way through so I am not sure if it is also as jumpy. It was not, in the places that I did watch.

The sound is pretty decent if glaringly 1960’s in music style. The full screen version did jump a bit right on our hero, Inspector Tobermann’s, final speech but it is easy enough to understand what he is saying (Spoilers! I’ll print the Inspector’s speech at the end of my favorite bits of dialogue for fans who are curious).

Here is some dialogue from the movie that struck my fancy:

  • Warnoff states the mission, “Remember, success of mission depends on exploiting to the full the suspicions prevalent among the Earth creatures.”
  • Warnoff really likes his eye candy minions, “Beautiful women are like powerful magnets. We shall use them to attract scientists, generals, statesmen, their vital secrets.”
  • The Superintendent gives Inspector Tobermann his orders, “As you can see, Henry, I’m completely snowed under with paperwork. Why don’t you see what you can dig up for me.” “Right, sir!” replies Tobermann. The Superintendent cautions, “But don’t bring any vampires into this office!” “Why not?” “I’m anemic already,” snaps the Superintendent.
  • Warnoff admires his eye candy again, “The first of a group of beautiful women who will blindly obey my orders.”
  • Dr. Maleva is worried, “Do you think human beings can become contaminated if his blood (the vampire) is injected into their veins?” “We’ll soon find out,” assures Warnoff.
  • Warnoff explains how to kill the Werewolf, “His death is permanent only if the bullet is fired by a woman who loves him enough to die for him.”
  • Maleva is confused, “Is he man or monster?”
  • Warnoff is upset at his minions, “Pity is a weakness. Do not forget it.”
  • Warnoff warns Dr. Maleva, “There’s one danger we must guard against. We are occupying the bodies of Earth people, creatures of a planet much younger than ours. Feelings and emotions are very strong. They’re impulsive and unpredictable. We must be constantly on our guard. We must always maintain our own personalities. Our superior minds must at all times be in complete control.” Maleva mutters sullenly, “It was just a moment of weakness.” Warnoff continues, “In this world, wars have been lost and empires destroyed through moments of weakness. The Mummy (stabs Mummy) is our ideal. His heart is dried up. It doesn’t feel, doesn’t live, doesn’t beat. He walks and obeys.”
  • Maleva warns Warnoff, “You, yourself, have become contaminated.”
  • Dr. Maleva questions Warnoff, “Do you think of me as an enemy?” Warnoff is too smug, “No. You’re an individual under my domination. Which is quite different from being an enemy.”
  • Inspector Tobermann gives a final speech, “While there are men willing to sacrifice themselves for others nothing will destroy us.”

I liked the appearance and character of some of the monsters but some not so much. The Werewolf Waldemar Daninsky (actor Paul Naschy) has a good classic Werewolf look. His human version doesn’t say much but manages to emote the usual remorse and horror. But his romance with the blond haired female minion is ridiculous. They’ve known each other five minutes but suddenly her love is strong enough to free him? Not believing it. But I was believing that he was ready to fight the other monsters to help save the world.

Vampire Count Janus de Mialhoff (actor Manuel de Blas) was a big disappointment. Vampires are my personal favorite monsters. But not this one. His look is just plain stupid. Apparently his fangs are permanently in attack mode so he is completely unable to close his mouth. He looks like a catfish trying to suck up any stray blood floating in the air. His character is also weak. He has no problem hypnotizing sleeping girls but wave a wooden stake in his direction and he immediately backs off. There is no sign of superhuman strength or speed so he is a big wimp.

 Farancksalan’s (Frankenstein’s) Monster (actor Ferdinando Murolo) is another wuss. The makeup makes his forehead look like it is sliding down onto his eyes. And his eyes always look like they are closed, which might explain why he slowly shambles about. The Monster is also another featherweight in the character department. He does not have much to do at all except squint around. His climatic fight with the Werewolf is pretty anticlimactic and he simply does not do well around electricity.

Tao-Tet the Mummy (actor Gene Reyes) is a mixed bag. At first I was put off by the fact that his face is uncovered. But I actually grew to like that look. It was different but kind of cool. But his movements were stiff as a board. Literally. When he waved his arms about he looked like he could not bend his elbows at all. I think they wrapped him up too tight in the bandages. He was also, like the Vampire, a very wimpy character. Wave a torch in his direction and he immediately backs off. When he does fight, his stiffness makes him unable to do much of anything but windmill around until he falls over. No strength because he can’t grab anything. Just a big disappointment.

Poor Michael Rennie, as the alien Warnoff, does not have a plan with much chance of success. His off-planet masters are not very helpful (and their psychedelic look on the view screens was rather silly) and his human-ish minions keep getting sidelined by human emotions. At least the girl minions were not completely brainless. Sure, they are eye candy and Warnoff makes it plain that that is their main function, but the girls actually have stuff to do. Doctor Maleva confers with Warnoff, helps during operations, almost gets hypnotized and ravished, falls in love, and repeatedly does little rebellious acts against Warnoff. The blond girl minion (name unknown) is first a carnival worker than a minion. She falls for the Werewolf and gets punished. She escapes but comes back with a gun for the finale. On the other hand, the Inspector’s love interest, Ilsa, doesn’t have much to do but flirt and look pretty and be scared. No, none of these bits of pretty cheesecake can even begin to compare to the Black Widow (actress Scarlett Johansson) when it comes to kicking butt, but they are not completely blank mannequins either.

Of course, the very best thing about our Halloween Monster movie, The Monsters of Terror aka Assignment Terror, is that it is FREE in the Public Domain at the Internet Archive.

The Internet Archive has two versions of The Monsters of Terror aka Assignment Terror available.

Please click this link to go to the most popular version. This is the full screen version.

Please click this link to go to the second version. This is the widescreen version.

*One word of caution: Movie fans who are interested enough to look up other movies by actor Paul Naschy should be careful. While I have not watched other Naschy movies, I have read enough descriptions, looked at enough posters, and seen enough photos to suspect that some of his movies are graphic both sexually and violently. Younger movie fans should be ware*

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Thing on the Doorstep by HP Lovecraft

This story starts with a bang. The opening sentence has the narrator, Daniel Upton, announcing to us that he has just put six bullets into the head of Edward Pickman Derby, his best friend. Our storyteller then goes on to assert that he did not kill Edward Derby.

The story takes place in one of Lovecraft's fictional locations, the city of Arkham, and opens in the Arkham Sanitarium, in the room of Daniel's best friend, who he has just been shot six times in the head. We immediately go into flashback for most of the story, as Daniel feels the explanation will help us understand how he did not just kill his best friend.

Edward Derby and Daniel Upton began their friendship many years ago, when Edward was 8, and Daniel 16. It seemed an odd friendship on the surface, but Daniel explains that Edward was mature for his age.

As he matured, Edward became known for his writing ability and steeped himself in exotic and obscure books that some might call "occult", not the least of which was the Necronomicon of Abdul Alhazred. (The Thing on the Doorstep is part of Lovecraft's Cthulhu universe)

Daniel tells us of Edward's love, Asenath Waite, a peculiar girl with peculiar traits and talents from a peculiar family. Opposites in a lot of aspects, Asenath and Edward shared their interest in magical and exotic things and their differences complemented each other well, both at home amongst the "intelligentsia" of the local university.

Their bond was a strong one and they were married in a brief ceremony before a justice of the peace. Only a few years in to their marriage, Asenath seemed to age in an accelerated manner. Many years younger than Edward when they married, she now appeared to be the elder in the relationship. Edward, however, seemed to remain his juvenile and awkward self.

Now just beyond three years into their marriage, Edward seemed to be losing himself and his visits with Daniel occurred less frequently. Asenath was rarely seen, only as a figure glimpsed through the curtains of their home.

One day, Edward appeared at a nearby farm, frenzied and babbling rather incoherently. After Daniel calmed him down and let him rest, they headed for Arkham to return Edward home. The trip there was an adventure of its own, with Edward raving on about Asenath and things Daniel couldn't understand.

In the middle of his ranting, Edward suddenly stopped, then seemed to undergo a physical transformation that might be better described as a seizure of sorts. Daniel knew he was losing his friend. Daniel no longer recognized Edward. After recovering from the seizure, Edward seemed completely transformed in posture, manner, and even voice. It seemed as if Asenath was manipulating Edward with some of her peculiar talents. Daniel was relieved to arrive at Edward's home.

Months later, Edward appeared to visit with Daniel. Edward's appearance and demeanor was back to his normal self. Edward revealed to Daniel that Asenath had left him and would probably be seeking a divorce. During the visit, Edward confided in Daniel that Asenath had indeed been using her peculiar talents to possess him, but he had developed certain defences against it, learned from his exotic and obscure books which frustrated Asenath to the point of leaving.

For the first time in years, things seemed about as normal with Edward as one might expect from him.

So with everything seemingly alright, how do we get to the story's opening scene? How does Daniel get to the point of emptying his gun into his best friend's head as he languishes in an asylum, and just what IS the thing on the doorstep?

You will have to read the story to find out.

First published in Weird Tales from January 1937, this writing is in the Public Domain for countries in which copyright is Life +70. It's a good, heavy read for just under an hour.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Chrome Themes: Foodies!

What you'll need:
A Chromium-based browser like Iron or Dragon.
Utility to unzip files. We like PeaZip.

How to install:
Download the zipped file which includes screen shots and the .crx file.
Double click the .crx file to add it to your chromium-based browser.
If that doesn't work, drag and drop the .crx file into your browser to install it manually.

Themes are for personal use only. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bet you didn't see that coming! by Alan O.

In a world obsessed with the supernatural one of the most natural things that could happen is the exploitation of the belief in supernatural forces. Society has a long history surrounding the belief in psychics and fortune tellers. For thousands of years people have put heavy stock in the advice and stories provided by those who claim to have the ability to see the future or talk to the dead.

There are many, many different types of psychics and fortune tellers. Some claim to see the future by reading palms or tarot cards, some use items like crystal balls and many even claim they can speak to the spirits of those who have died. No matter what form of psychic ability a person claims to have, one thing seems to remain constant; money.

Whether they are the run of the mill fair ground performer telling you the future for a quick fiver or they have turned their “abilities” towards a more lucrative endeavour, many have begun to make money as psychics and mediums. People have even become celebrities and household names as psychics and mediums. John Edwards, Sally Morgan and Theresa Caputo are perfect examples of this. Each of these people claims to be a psychic-medium, someone who can speak to the dead. They perform in front of hundreds, thousands or even millions of people. And at each performance they “relay” messages from the dead to their loved ones in the audience.

There is no evidence to suggest anyone has any kind of abilities that even remotely resemble those claimed by psychic-mediums. What we do have, however, is a firm understanding of the tactics and processes used by the charlatans in order to dupe unsuspecting, and grieving, people who have lost loved ones. They exploit who are in some of the most vulnerable situations they ever will be by using a process called “cold reading”.

Cold reading is a process used by psychics, mediums, mentalists and many other people to discern and relay information that it would seem is impossible for them to know. This is done by making generic statements that apply to almost everyone and then gauging a persons reaction before proceeding, often after tricking the subject of the reading into helping them by saying “I see things that may be unclear, but together we can discover what they mean” or something similar. Once they have convinced the subject to cooperate, though they don’t actually realise they are doing so, the process begins. Vague statements like “I’m getting a name, it starts with A” are thrown around until something sticks. People always remember when a “psychic” gets something right, what often gets forgotten however is just how many things they get wrong.

Cold reading is a neat party trick, a great way to impress strangers, but when it’s used to exploit the vulnerable it takes on a sinister element.  Lying to people and claiming to know things that no one can know is cruel but worse than this are the “psychics” who offer information to law enforcement agencies to help solve crimes. The best that comes from this is they waste a little time, the worst is they completely derail investigations because they are listened to.

Psychics like Sylvia Browne, who died in 2013, often offered her assistance when people went missing. She, like many others, made many predictions which were proven false. In 2002 Browne told the parents of a kidnap victim, Shawn Hornbeck, that he was dead and his kidnapper was a man with dark skin and dreadlocks. Shawn was found alive in 2007, his kidnapper was a Caucasian man with short hair. Browne could scarcely have been more wrong than she was, her “prediction” did more harm than good. And this wasn't the only time Browne told the parent of a missing person that their child was dead. Louwana Miller died in 2006 believing her daughter was dead after Browne told her so. Miller’s daughter, Amanda Berry, was found alive in May 2013.

Sylvia Browne has caused significant emotional pain to many who believe their predictions. It is not unfair to call them charlatans, none of them have ever provided evidence to suggest their ability to predict the future is any better than random chance. In fact many, including Browne, have been offered the chance to defend their claims and possibly win one million dollars in the process. So far none have managed to pass the “James Randi Educational Foundation’s One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge”. All who have taken the challenge have failed, and many like Browne refused to take it.

If a person says they are a psychic, they should have to prove it. If they can’t, we have a duty to hold them accountable for the claims they make.

Contact Alan O. on his blog or with a tweet

Friday, October 24, 2014

Hilariously Bad: The Eye Creatures

Our Halloween Monster movie this week is so bad that they could not even get the title correct. Our movie is The Eye Creatures aka Attack of the The Eye Creatures.

Yes, you read that correctly: Attack of the The Eye Creatures.

Originally our movie was titled The Eye Creatures but the studio decided to rename it. The title card was redone and re-shot to superimpose “Attack of the” over the original title. Only after it was all done did the studio discover the mistake and they never bothered to correct it. Luckily for grammar fans, the three versions of our movie that are available at the Internet Archive all have the original title; no extra “the” to be found.

The Eye Creatures was produced and directed by Larry Buchanan. Larry was hired by American International Pictures (AIP) “to make a series of low budget color remakes of old AIP films”. The Eye Creatures was the first of the remakes. Larry called this series of films his “wretched remakes”. AIP wanted to make money by selling film packages to the late night television market. Rather than spending time and money making new movies, they decided to simply remake old films. The Eye Creatures, made in color in 1965, is an almost frame by frame remake of the 1957 black and white film Invasion of the Saucer Men. The biggest difference between the two films is the appearance of the monster. Invasion of the Saucer Men has a much, much, MUCH better monster. Unfortunately, Invasion of the Saucer Men is not in the Public Domain. However, a copy of it can be found at YouTube.

Poor Larry Buchanan had a ridiculously tiny budget of approximately $16,000 to make The Eye Creatures. And, according to star John Ashley, more than half that amount went to his salary. So director / producer Larry only had about $8,000 to make his movie. And boy, wow! Does it show.

The Eye Creatures is about an alien spaceship that lands somewhere in the USA. The alien creatures shamble about and terrorize a few teenagers while the US military half-heartedly fumbles an attempt to stop the invaders.

So what did director / producer Larry Buchanan’s $8,000 remaining budget buy?
  • They obviously could not afford to fix the title snafu.
  • They bought a couple of shots of a flying saucer from Invaders from Mars (1953). The ship only slightly resembles the two other alien ships seen in The Eye Creatures.
  • They used some background music from Beach Party (1963) even though there is no beach to be seen in our movie.
  • The Eye Creatures was shot on the Dallas, Texas ranch of a wealthy businessman.
  • 31 year old John Ashley who played teenager Stan was “imported” from Hollywood but many of the rest of the cast were locals.
  • The story of The Eye Creatures takes place on a single night but the movie itself was filmed at night AND during the day over several weeks so shots repeatedly change from night time to day time to night time to day time throughout the film. Some times changing repeatedly in a single scene.
  • The production could apparently only afford one full body alien suit and about four alien head masks. So in scenes where there are groups of aliens, viewers will see one alien and four people in black body suits and white sneakers wearing alien heads.
  • Nobody bothered to hide the big black zipper that runs down the back of the full body alien costume so it is plainly visible whenever the alien turns its back.
  • A severed alien hand is made of cheap rubber. The claws supposedly puncture a tire but clearly bend when the hand is “clawing” its way around.
  • Sometimes the “severed” alien hand is obviously being pulled by a visible string and sometimes it is obviously a glove worn by someone whose arm is plainly visible.

At least director / producer Larry Buchanan was apparently able to afford a few simple tools. At one point in the movie, hero Stan is wielding a wheel wrench as a weapon against possible attacks. Just a short time later we see an Eye Creature using a crowbar to half-heartedly batter its way into a car and rescue the severed alien hand. We can assume that Stan got his wheel wrench out of his own car but I have no idea where the Eye Creature got its crowbar. Maybe a crowbar is just a universal instrument.

The Eye Creatures is one of those movies that is so bad it’s funny. But the truly sad thing is that I can remember watching this movie and actually being scared silly that the severed hand was going to crawl its way up the car seat and grab our heroine Susan. The earliest late night TV showing of our movie was October 1967. I was too young to stay up for late night horror shows; I probably saw The Eye Creatures a few years later. So I was probably about ten years old and scared silly. How embarrassing. Watching the movie now, the cheapness and just plain bad “special” effects are laughable. The mobile severed alien hand is so clearly just a glove. There are scenes when all the claws are pointing up in the air. How can a disembodied hand possibly claw its way up the back of the car seat if none of the claws are actually touching the seat? Did it suddenly turn into a floating severed hand? Yet it scared me enough back then that I still remember it to this day. Just plain embarrassing.

I also remember being on tenter hooks as the aliens surrounded and closed in on the car our heroes were cowering in. Watching the same scene now, I almost fell asleep because the aliens moved so slowly.

By the way, what was up (literally) with our heroine’s hair? Susan looks like she has a huge alien egg of some sort balanced on her head. Was that the style back then? I certainly don’t remember that. It’s just plain ridiculous.

And the US military is laughable in this movie. The “security” measures taken to protect the secret film at the beginning of the story are mind boggling inane. Not to mention the brainless soldiers who spend half the movie spying on the teenagers making out at the local lovers’ lane. Alien Eye Creatures are lurching all around in the woods yet the soldiers never see them. The soldiers even manage to accidentally blow up the alien ship and then congratulate each other on a job well done. They never have the slightest clue that all the aliens are still roaming around the woods. Completely half-witted.

The local police are just as moronic. When Stan and Susan are arrested (or at least taken to police headquarters), they are placed in a room that has an unlocked outside door. There they are, suspected of running over and killing a man, yet Stan and Susan are left alone in a room and able to simply waltz right out the door with no one noticing. In fact, in one scene we see the police chief taking a little snooze. While his daughter, Susan, has just escaped from police custody after being taken in with her “roughneck” boyfriend on suspicion of killing a man. On the same night when there are unexplained lights in the sky and explosions. Not to mention no one ever seemed to notice the military maneuvering around in the woods and blowing things up. Nope, nothing at all important going on. Time for a nap. Preposterous.

Speaking of preposterous. The way the movie keeps jumping from night time to day time and back again is totally farcical. Surely somebody on the film crew should have remembered that the story took place at night. Maybe they thought some scenes were just to dark and hard to see. Maybe they thought a little light would make it easier for movie goers to follow the action. It’s just a little hard to believe that Stan and Susan are in deadly danger from aliens who are lurking in the dark woods at night … when the sun is shining! But wait, the next minute Stan and Susan are standing on a road in the dark. Then it’s light out again, then it’s dark out, then light, then dark. It’s laughable.

It’s hard to believe this movie actually scared me when I was a kid.

Here is some of the dialogue that struck my fancy:
  • The courier reminds the General that absolute security is necessary and the General responds, “I realize that civilization itself may depend on it.”
  • Two soldiers are watching for UFOs. The Sergeant asks, “Got anything on the infrared scope?” Corporal Culver responds, “Yep. Moving body.” The Sergeant tells Culver to get it on the scanner and Culver does. The image is of the local lovers’ lane. Culver leers, “Ain’t science wonderful?”
  •  At the local diner, Lieutenant Robertson seems upset about the conversation. The waitress consoles him, “The boys are just kidding about seeing a spaceship, Lieutenant.” Lt. Robertson complains, “Everyone knows there’s no such thing. How many times do we have to deny it before people will believe it?”
  • Old Man Bailey is upset about all the cars on his property, “Another carload of those blasted smoochers on my property! I’ll get the law after ‘em!”
  • Carl phones and tells Mike about the alien body he has found, “I can’t tell you what it is because I don’t know what it is. It’s stuck under a car!” Carl then tells Mike to clean out the refrigerator, “Yeah, what I’m bringing home is perishable. We’ve got to keep it on ice.”
  • Colonel Harrison has some advice, “When you’ve been in the Air Force as long as I have you’ll learn you don’t have to think. All you do is follow Standard Operating Procedures.”
  • Stan realizes the Eye Creatures have a plan, “You know something? Those things, whatever they are, they’re smarter than all of us put together.” Susan asks, “What do you mean?” Stan replies, “Remember when we saw them banging away at the front of our car?” “What’s so smart about that?” Susan asks. Stan explains, “Don’t you see? They killed that man and then they dented the fender of my car to make it look like we did it. It’s a frame up!” Susan is upset, “And we thought they were mad at the car!”
  • Culver and his Sergeant don’t think the alien they have spotted on the scanner is real. Culver says, “I think I have some weird monster film on TV. Nothing as ugly as that can be for real.” The Sergeant replies, “Oh no? Have you looked in your mirror lately?” Culver retorts, “Funny, ha ha ha! But it must be near the end of the picture.” “How can you tell?” asks the Sergeant. “Well that search light swung by, right?” says Culver. “Right.” Culver explains, “Well, that stupid monster’s beginning to stumble. I’ll bet you five bucks he falls right off that cliff.”  And a few seconds later, yep, the Eye Creature falls off the cliff.
  • Stan describes Susan’s car, “Yeah, the gang calls her Elvis. She shakes and shimmies a lot but she can really go.”
  • Lt. Robertson has some doubts, “Did it ever occur to you that there might be other things being hushed up by other units like ours?”

The Internet Archive has three versions of The Eye Creatures available FREE in the Public Domain. The audio quality of all three versions is pretty good. Although I did have to turn up the volume a bit. As far as the video quality, one of the versions is in black and white. This was a cheapo version available for television stations that wanted to save money and the video really looks cheap. It’s blurry and grainy. The two color versions are pretty good. Yes, the story does take place at night and some scenes are dark and hard to see but some of the scenes were filmed during the day and, as ridiculous as that was, it results in a film that is lighter and easier to see than it should have been.

Besides the laughable “special” effects and the ridiculous behavior of various characters, it is also fun to see some of the very old fashioned and outdated items sprinkled throughout the film. The video projector that the general watches the secret film on seems so ancient. Yet I actually had to learn how to thread film and run a projector (just like the general does). The antique telephone that Stan and Susan use at the old Bailey house. How many of today’s younger movie fans will even recognize that as a relative of their newest smart phone? The camera with the huge flash that Mike carries. It’s hard to imagine lugging one of those things around when many of today’s cameras are just another element of a tablet. The puny little spotlight that Stan uses against the aliens sure is pretty laughable when compared to the big industrial strength lights I’ve seen on many pickup trucks. It’s fun to see just how much has changed over time.

Of course, the best thing about our movie, The Eye Creatures aka Attack of the The Eye Creatures, is that it is FREE in the Public Domain at the Internet Archive.

The Internet Archive has three versions of The Eye Creatures available.

Version #1 is in black and white. This was a cheap copy of The Eye Creatures made by the studio to sell to television stations that could not broadcast in color or just wanted to save some money. The video quality is not good but this version is actually the most popular with more than 29,000 views. You can download it or watch online. Please click this link for version #1.

The second most popular version of The Eye Creatures has more than 8,000 views. This version is in color. To download it or watch online, please click this link for version #2.

Version #3 of The Eye Creatures has more than 6,000 views and is also in color. This version also has an altered title possibly created by the original downloader. To download it or watch online, please click this link for version #3.