The Beast With a Million Eyes (1955)

Genres - Horror, Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Alien Film, Natural Horror, Sci-Fi Horror  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Notable only for the presence of former silent film great Chester Conklin, this silly sci-fi flick from legendary producer Roger Corman is a murky blend of alien-invasion fare such as It Came from Outer Space and sundry "animals-run-amok" movies. When an invading alien (possessing far less than a million visual organs) touches down in a desert township outside of Indio, California (in a spacecraft that resembles a kitchen appliance), it begins its plan of world domination by controlling the minds of various animals, which subsequently attack the townspeople. The animal attacks are numerous but dull -- except for a scene of homicidal birds that beat Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds by a full five years (not that Hitch had cause for alarm).

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alien [not human], mind-control, telepathy, animal-attack, destruction-of-mankind, dude-ranch, Southwest

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Low Artistic Quality, Low Production Values