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The Hypnotic Eye (1960)

Approved | | Horror | 27 February 1960 (USA)
A mysterious hypnotist is suspected by the police for being responsible for a wave of female mutilation victims.

Director:

George Blair
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jacques Bergerac ... Desmond
Merry Anders ... Dodie Wilson
Marcia Henderson ... Marcia Blaine
Allison Hayes ... Justine
Joe Patridge Joe Patridge ... Det. Sgt. Dave Kennedy
Fred Demara ... Hospital Doctor
Lawrence Lipton Lawrence Lipton ... King of the Beatniks
Eric Nord Eric Nord ... Bongo Drummer (as Eric 'Big Daddy' Nord)
Guy Prescott Guy Prescott ... Dr. Philip Hecht
Jimmy Lydon ... Emergency Doctor (as James Lydon)
Carol Thurston ... Doris Scott
Eva Lynd ... Woman from audience
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Storyline

The city is stricken by a wave of self-mutilations performed by beautiful women who seem to be in a hypnotic trance. The authorities suspect a stage hypnotist with a popular act, but the stakes are raised when the hypnotist sets his sights on the girlfriend of the detective investigating the case. What is the hypnotist's secret, and why does it seem to involve his beautiful assistant? Written by acidxian

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NEW AUDIENCE-PARTICIPATION THRILL HYPNOMAGIC - It makes YOU part of the show (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Screaming Sleep See more »

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Budget:

$365,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Director David L. Hewitt cribbed much of this film's music score for his 1967 release GALLERY OF HORROR, starring Lon Chaney and John Carradine. See more »

Goofs

When Dodie is suspended in air, wires holding her body up can clearly be seen near Desmond's head. See more »

Quotes

King of the Beatniks: "I saw 'Charley's Aunt' in the original uncut version..."
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Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #10.8 (1959) See more »

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One of Allison Hayes' best!
27 August 2001 | by mike1964See all my reviews

Okay, I realize that's not saying much. However, this is probably the best movie Allison Hayes was in (however, I do very much enjoy the Unearthly, but Hayes is terrible in that).

Plot concerns a hypnotist (Desmond) who is having beautiful young women mutilate themselves. I won't give it away, but the suspense is good and the movie isn't gory even though the mutilation methods would lead you to believe so (washing hair in fire, washing face with sulfuric acid, brushing face with fan blades, etc).

Hayes plays the evil assistant to Desmond and you're really not sure why she and Desmond are evil until the Climax. Not to be missed!


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