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Film / The Eye Creatures

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Why, yes. Now that you mention it, this does look like the poster art for The Crawling Eye.

The Eye Creatures is a 1967 Made For TV B-Movie concerning a purported Alien Invasion in a small town, a word-for-word remake of the classic Invasion of 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.

This film, directed by Larry Buchanan, was one of several color remakes of black-and-white AIP films intended to be sold into TV syndication. 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".

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

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 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 aliens themselves.
  • Alien Blood: The Eye Creatures have a very thick blackish brownish blood.
  • 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.
  • All Men Are Perverts: The servicemen, their superior, the drifters, even the hero of the story, all just want to get laid. Or at least peep.
  • 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 Eye Creatures.
    • The car itself actually looks quite nice and not particularly old, it's disfunction could be chalked up to Susan being The Ditz and having no idea how to care for a car.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Susan actually isn't particularly swarthy, but definitely looks like she's more than just "white".
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: The aliens are these lumpy naked humanoids with bodies covered in large tumors and eyes. They bleed black slime, have lamprey-like mouths, possess Organ Autonomy and explode under bright light.
  • Covers Always Lie: The actual eye creatures are lumpy humanoids with multiple eyes, nothing like the tentacled eyeball depicted in the poster. The reason is that the poster art was pilfered from The Crawling Eye, a much better movie.
  • Covert Pervert: Most of the cast, including the entire military, and the hero.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: This film is infamous for its title card, which adds Attack of the above its original name, The Eye Creatures, so it ends up being shown to the audience as 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 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.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Robertson gives the two peeping tom serviceman a good, much-needed scolding for their voyeurism...only to join them in the peeping. note 
  • Hollywood Darkness: Botched. Big time. Most night scenes save for the finale are obviously broad daylight.
  • 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.
  • Nerves of Steel: Stan. It takes guts to calmly explain your situation to a man pointing his shotgun at you while also dealing with aliens and the police.
  • 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.
  • Plot Hole: Several of the scenes that are meant to be at night are very obviously shot in broad daylight. The problem being the eye creatures are extremely vulnerable to sunlight, yet are clearly walking around in the daytime unscathed.
  • 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.
    • The drifter with the striped nightshirt would also qualify due to his general weirdness.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 using the system to spy on teenagers.
  • The '60s: Thanks to the slavish adherence to the original script, it seems an awful lot like The '50s.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Also the two drifters (before one of them is killed by the Eye Creatures).
  • Two Decades Behind: Set in The '60s, but the characters all look (and act) like they're from The '50s. The reason is that they slavishly stuck to the script of Invasion of the Saucer Men, without even attempting to update it.
  • 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?

Alternative Title(s): Attack Of The The Eye Creatures, Attack Of The Eye Creatures