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The Brain Eaters (1958)

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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 »



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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 <>

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Crawling, Slimy Things Terror-Bent on Destroying the World!


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Keepers of the Earth  »

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A favorite of late night TV in the 60's and 70's, this film was usually referred to by LA Horror Host "Seymour" (Larry Vincent), as "The Attack of the Bunny Slippers", because of the cheesy monsters. See more »


Leonard Nimoy's name is misspelled in the opening credits as "Leonard Nemoy" See more »


Senator Walter K. Powers: I'm here, and I want action!
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Perfect second bill for a double feature
3 November 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"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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