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Hypnotic Eye
     

The Hypnotic Eye

Director: George Blair

Cast: Jacques Bergerac, Merry Anders, Marcia Henderson

 
A curious "gimmick" movie in the William Castle tradition (though not itself a Castle project), screenings of this film featured a hokey but creative "Hypno-Magic" process allegedly designed to hypnotize the theater audience. The otherwise mundane psycho-thriller plot features Jacques Bergerac as stage mesmerist "The Great Desmond", whose act includes hypnotizing

Overview

A curious "gimmick" movie in the William Castle tradition (though not itself a Castle project), screenings of this film featured a hokey but creative "Hypno-Magic" process allegedly designed to hypnotize the theater audience. The otherwise mundane psycho-thriller plot features Jacques Bergerac as stage mesmerist "The Great Desmond", whose act includes hypnotizing entire audiences into performing rather dull Simon-says maneuvers and such. The real trick, it turns out, involves Desmond's Svengali-like seduction of his more comely female patrons -- most of which end up horribly disfigured the next morning, the victims of apparent self-mutilation. Thanks to several scenes hinting at the obvious hatred Desmond's wife and assistant, Justine (Allison Hayes), harbors toward her husband's pretty subjects, there's not much of a mystery here. Nevertheless, the police are baffled, leading one victim's best friend to set herself up as bait and trap the guilty party -- whose secret is revealed in the "shocking" climax. The Hypno-Magic gimmick, though certainly ineffective, provides some of the film's more hilarious diversions, and thoroughly disarms any potential for suspense.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Some bad movies are immensely enjoyable, and The Hypnotic Eye is a case in point. Make no mistake about it; Eye is nothing like a good film. It's rather gruesome, yet simultaneously ludicrous. The plotting is a mess, the dialogue is laughable and character development is either nonexistent or slipshod. The direction never sacrifices the obvious for the subtle and the pacing is at times a problem, notably in the big set piece gimmick that fills the ten minutes before the climax and slows things down to a crawl. As far as performances go, they are adequate at best (though more entertaining when lapsing into the bizarre.) And yet there's something irresistible about Eye, especially for those who are camp aficionados. Perhaps it's because Eye is so good-naturedly cheesy, so unabashedly silly, that it's hard not to laugh at it -- even while watching a woman wash her hair with lighter fluid and turn the gas on. And the "Hypno-Magic" sequence, when an onscreen actor portraying a hypnotist supposedly hypnotizes the entire audience (i.e., you), is such a daffy exploitation gimmick that it's easy to forgive it for totally derailing the film (if it can ever be said to have actually been "railed" before this) when it should be picking up speed. The Hypnotic Eye is a very poor film, but it's a hoot.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2010
UPC:
0883316280416
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:19:00
Sales rank:
28,295

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jacques Bergerac the Great Desmond
Merry Anders Dodie Wilson
Marcia Henderson Marcia Blane
Allison Hayes Justine
Joseph Patridge Detective Steve Kennedy
Laurence Lipton King of the Beatniks
Guy Prescott Dr. Philip Hecht
Jimmy Lydon Emergency Doctor
Carol Thurston Doris Scott
Holly Harris Mrs. Stevens
Mary Foran June Mayes
Eric Nord Bongo Drummer

Technical Credits
George Blair Director
William Austin Editor
William Austin Editor
Charles B. Bloch Producer
Arch R. Dalzell Cinematographer
Eve Newman Score Composer
Ben Schwalb Producer
Marlin Skiles Score Composer
William Read Woodfield Screenwriter

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