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The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Horror | 1 October 1957 (USA)
Gor, a powerful criminal brain from the planet Arous, assumes the body of scientist Steve March. Through 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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Gor, a powerful criminal brain from the planet Arous, assumes the body of scientist Steve March. Through March, he begins to control the world by threatening destruction to any country challenging his domination. Another brain, Val, works with March's 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. Gor's vulnerable spot, the Fissure of Orlando, is described in a note left by Sally in Steve's lab. Written by Apostrophes

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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)  »

Also Known As:

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 »

Goofs

When Steve and Dan are in the cave, Steve's shirt is wet from perspiration (under the arms) on the front, but not the back. When he turns to talk to Dan, the shirt is suddenly dry. In the next shot, the stains are back. See more »

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[first lines]
Steve March: Checks out alright. I don't understand it. Hey, Dan, it doesn't make any sense.
Dan Murphy: Mmhmm.
Steve March: I said it doesn't make any sense. The Geiger counter's been going on and off all morning. And the nucleometer checks right along with it.
Dan Murphy: Oh, you talk like a man with rocks in your head. Radioactivity's a constant thing. Either it's there...
[the Geiger counter goes off]
Steve March: Oh, yeah?
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One of the campiest, cheesiest, and most entertaining sci-fi films from the 50s
1 January 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"The Brain From Planet Arous" is one of the campiest, cheesiest, and most entertaining sci-fi films from the 50s. It may be laughable and ludicrous, but its certainly never boring. While not nearly as technically inept as "Robot Monster" or "Plan 9 From Outer Space", it provides just as many giggles. It deserves it reputation as one of the most beloved pieces of schlock from the decade. This is one of the least serious science fiction films imaginable, using scientific notions as simply an excuse for some on-screen scares. The idea of a giant floating brain from outer space attempting to invade the earth single-handedly is hilarious. Even funnier is how a second, nicer brain is sent to our planet and takes over the mind of a dog to stop this threat!

At the forefront of it all is a memorable performance from John Agar. Hes over-the-top throughout and really makes the film. Whether its attempting to scare a meeting of all the important nations of the world (about seven leaders in a small office building room) or laughing hysterically and gleaming his eyes, Agar is a riot throughout. Hes more than just Shirley Temple's husband, he a cult legend! Were not talking "2001: A Space Odyssey" here folks. What were talking about is one of the most enjoyable b-sci-fi films of the decade. (7/10)


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