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The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Horror  |  1 October 1957 (USA)
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A powerful criminal brain from the planet Arous, Gor, assumes the body of scientist Steve March. Thru March he begins to control the world by threatening destruction to any country ... See full summary »

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Steve March
Joyce Meadows ...
Sally Fallon
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Dan Murphy
Thomas Browne Henry ...
John Fallon (as Thomas B. Henry)
Ken Terrell ...
Colonel in Conference Room (as Kenneth Terrell)
Henry Travis ...
Colonel Frogley
E. Leslie Thomas ...
General Brown
Tim Graham ...
Sheriff Wiley Pane
Bill Giorgio ...
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A powerful criminal brain from the planet Arous, Gor, assumes the body of scientist Steve March. Thru March he begins to control the world by threatening destruction to any country challenging his domination. Another brain, Val, works with Marchs future wife Sally to defeat Gor. Val explains that Gor will be vulnerable when he is forced to leave March at intervals to re-energize. Gors vulnerable spot, the Fissure of Orlando, is described in a note left by Sally in Steve's lab. Written by Anonymous

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The incredible space-brain invades a human body with its destructive evil power! See more »


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1 October 1957 (USA)  »

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Die Augen des Satans  »

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$58,000 (estimated)
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The special eye effects for Steve March were created by having John Agar wear special black contact lenses that were very thick. The extreme thickness of the contact made it painful for Agar to wear them. See more »

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When the plane explodes, a piece of the model, still attached to the support wire, swings back into frame. See more »

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Steve March: Now this is my plan: I want all of your uranium, plutonium, all your atomic resources. I want your factories, railroad shipping, all your industrial facilities. Your workers will labour around the clock day and night, following my blueprints to build a most powerful invasion force ever gathered in the universe.
General Brown: You mean to enslave the world?
Russian: Russia would never agree to it!
Steve March: There's a simple answer to that: There'll be no Russia. Your United Nations building will be turned over to me. I will ...
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No Brain Needed, Just A Sense Of Humor
19 July 2003 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

This film gets off to a decent start. I like films set in the desert. And the acting of Robert Fuller is adequate. But too soon, we leave the desert, Fuller leaves the movie (to save his career no doubt). And we're left with a dimwitted plot, campy looking aliens that wouldn't scare a bird, and John Agar's "acting".

All suspense is lost early on when we see the evil alien, an uninspired floating ball with two sleepy eyes. And of course the ball speaks English, convenient for the film's characters --- and the intended audience. Near the end of the film, the alien makes a little speech (in English of course), rambling on about Caesar, Napoleon, and Hitler. Seems our alien is both talkative and well educated.

The film's plot is painfully anthropomorphic. The idea of a criminal "brain" hungry for power is hardly alien; it's all too human. And John Agar's performance has to be seen to be believed. His facial expression right before he kills the sheriff is true camp. The abrupt ending of the film gives the impression that it ended simply because the producer ran out of money.

This campy, 1950's sci-fi flick is a lot of fun. I get more laughs out of it than I do out of some contemporary comedies.


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