Strange things are happening in Riverdale, Illinois. A huge, seemingly alien structure has been found jutting out of the earth. Sent to investigate the origin of the mysterious object, ... See full summary »
Strange things are happening in Riverdale, Illinois. A huge, seemingly alien structure has been found jutting out of the earth. Sent to investigate the origin of the mysterious object, Senator Walter Powers discovers that parasites from the center of the earth have infiltrated the town, taking control of the authorities and workers, making communication with the outside world impossible, and leaving the responsibility of stopping the invasion up to Powers and a small group of free individuals. Written by
Jeremy Lunt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Producer Ed Nelson, who also stars, created the parasites himself using little wind-up toys covered with fur from an old coat and pipe cleaners for antennae. See more »
When Dr. Kettering fires the pistol into the craft's tunnel, it demonstrates that the bullet ricochets throughout. However, what is heard is not just the ricochet but also the sound of several gunshots though the gun was discharged only once. See more »
"The Brain Eaters" is not nearly as bad as rated on IMDb currently. In fact, this film is a perfect second bill for a double feature. It isn't innovative or memorable, but is entertaining and contains enough elements to please genre fans. It isn't bad enough to be called a camp classic, nor is it good enough to be called overlooked, but I found it somewhat amusing all the same.
Bruno VeSota, who I'm always happy to see on screen, is an inconsistent director but has a few positive aspects. For one, he certainly knows how to create a creepy atmosphere in some scenes. Another plus is that the screenplay is very unpredictable. On the negative side, VeSota needs to learn a thing or two about pacing. Even though it clocks in at an hour, "The Brain Eaters" feels a bit longer. There are shots that go on for too long, hindering entertainment value for the time being. It could've been trimmed of at least ten minutes. Plus, VeSota often feels the need to include slanted angles which are distracting.
This kind of film isn't one thats worth purchasing for twenty dollars. However, if you can find it cheap or if it turns up on TV, its not a bad way to kill time. Interestingly enough, I often find myself rewatching films such as this than more acclaimed cinema classics. If its a Saturday afternoon and I have nothing better to do, I'm more inclined to throw something like this on than anything by Bergman or Fellini. (5/10)
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