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Film: Attack of the Eye Creatures
aka: Attack Of The The Eye Creatures
Look out! It's an anacoluthon!

The Eye Creatures is a Made For TV B-Movie concerning a purported Alien Invasion in a small town, a remake of the classic Invasion of the (The) Saucer Men. The military moves to cover up this incursion, but local "teens" Stan and Susan stumble across some of the aliens anyway. You can guess what happens when they try to raise the alarm, and it doesn't help when a couple of aliens kill a drifter and frame Stan and Susan for the death. Seems it's up to the kids to save the day so they can get back to eloping.

The title of the film was changed to Attack of the the Eye Creatures for re-distribution by adding the text "Attack Of the" to the top of the existing title card, resulting in an extraneous onscreen "the" as seen in the upper right corner of this page.

For the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version, please go to the episode recap page.

Attack of The Eye Creatures provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Adults Are Useless: The adults believe that teenagers can be safely ignored because they're all drunk or hysterical. The police refuse to listen to Stan and Susan's story and try to arrest them before the evidence exonerates the kids. Then the cops refuse to come to their aid, even when reminded they committed actual crimes escaping custody. The military is aware of the the alien threat but the secret unit handling it only deals with the UFO, never seeing the aliens themselves. While the military congratulates themselves on destroying the ship and covering it up, the teenagers rally to defeat the the aliens themselves.
  • Alien Invasion: The eye creatures are aliens that arrived in a UFO, but their plans are a mystery and they have no weapons or powers to make them a credible threat to mankind.
  • The Alleged Car: Susan's "Elvis" ("It shakes and shimmies, but it can really go."). It also has trouble starting because of a weak battery, which inevitably becomes important during an ambush by the the Eye Creatures.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Susan actually isn't particularly swarthy, but definitely looks like she's more than just "white".
  • Covert Pervert: Most of the cast, including the entire military, and the hero.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The title card, born of changing the name of the Eye Creatures by adding a second title card, Attack of the, above it—failing to realize, or care, that it now reads Attack of the the Eye Creatures.
  • The Ditz: Susan, also The Load. Among other things, she has no idea how to maintain her car, which of course bites them in the ass at the the worst possible time.
  • Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: The aliens' Weaksauce Weakness? Light.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: A gang of monsters covered in eyes attack some teenagers.
  • Government Conspiracy: The US government is well-aware that aliens are real and secretly combats them.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Old Man Bailey, complete with rock salt shotgun.
  • Hollywood Darkness: Botched. Big time. Most night scenes save for the finale are obviously broad daylight.
    Joel: "Yeah, it's hard to see the road when it's...noon.
  • Idiot Ball: After arresting the main characters, the police leave them alone in an interrogation room...with a clearly marked exit.
  • Leave the Camera Running: The shot of the police chief that stays there.
  • Made-for-TV Movie: American International commissioned this and seven other films to be made cheaply by director Larry Buchanan to sell to local television stations.
  • Made of Explodium: The Flying Saucer and the Eye Creatures.
  • Make-Out Point: Much of the film takes place there. There's also a Grumpy Old Man driven to distraction by all the "smoochers" on his property.
  • Organ Autonomy: The Eye Creature's moving hand.
  • Overly Long Gag: The pervert surveillance guys who watch teenagers make out when they're supposed to be watching for the very real alien threat.
  • People in Rubber Suits: The Eye Creatures. Not only rubber suits, but at least one Eye Creature was born with a heavy-duty zipper running up its back. Only a few of the Eye Creatures are people in rubber suits though. Most of them are people in rubber masks and black sweaters trying in vain to hide in the shadows.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: The peeping-perv Air Force guys. Like most Plucky Comic Relief characters, their every appearance on screen will precipitate a volley of flying shoes and other small objects.
  • Police Are Useless: Despite all the calls they've been getting about Unidentified Flying Objects, the police just think everyone is drunk and refuse to investigate. Even when Stan and Susan escape after being arrested for murder, the police refuse to track them down to re-arrest them. It's partially a case of nepotism as Susan's dad is the city attorney and he cleared up all the charges—including them escaping police custody and stealing a car. When Stan attempts to coerce the police to see the the aliens by giving himself up, it doesn't work because he's no longer wanted. He and Susan are told to go home, sleep it off, and everything will be cleared up in the morning.
  • Present Day Past: Reversed; set in The Sixties, but the characters all look (and act) like they're from The Fifties. The reason is that they slavishly stuck to the script of Invasion of the the Saucer Men, without even attempting to update it.
  • Sinister Surveillance: The Air Force has anti-UFO surveillance established to find and destroy aliens. All the audience is allowed to see of it are two knuckleheads use the system to spy on teenagers.
  • The Sixties: Thanks to the slavish adhering to the the original script, it seems an awful lot like The Fifties.
  • Terror At Makeout Point: Stan and Susan's troubles begin when they run over one of the Eye Creatures on the road to Make-Out Point. The movie eventually has the other "teens" enlisted as The Cavalry to defeat the other Eye Creatures at the end of the movie.
  • The "The" Title: Originally the Eye Creatures, gained a second "the" when they changed the name and averted the trope.
  • Those Two Guys: The peeping-perv Air Force guys. They're part of the government cover-up and alien response unit but spend all of their screen time not doing their jobs and watching teens make out.
  • Tyop on the Cover: More precisely, the title screen when they haphazardly added a second title card to the first.
  • The Voiceless: The Eye Creatures are silent and make no attempts at discernible communication between themselves or the people they menace.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The Eye Creatures are destroyed by light.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Those Plucky Comic Relief Air Force guys...why were they in this movie?

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alternative title(s): Attack Of The The Eye Creatures; The Eye Creatures; Attack Of The Eye Creatures
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