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The Brain Eaters (1958)

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 <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Crawling, slimy things terror-bent on destroying the world!

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September 1958 (USA)  »

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$30,000 (estimated)
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To save money on his own film, Ed Nelson, who also produced, wears the same coat he used in Night of the Blood Beast (1958). See more »

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The creature-controlled Alice gets her night-gown trapped in the car door as it drives off from her house. See more »

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Dr. Paul Kettering: Some of it is fact, some of it scientific hunch.
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Horrible, yet funny enough to watch again
28 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

Funny movie. Mystery Science Theatre 3000 material all the way. I would guess, due to the rough and shoddy editing, that the movie was originally longer than 60 minutes.

Interesting that there are two scenes that escaped the censors of 1958 -A see through peignoir and the cop's hairy chest shown when his shirt is ripped open during a fight.

I personally love these old B movies and while this one was not up to the usual "standards" of early horror films, it had some truly giggity moments. (Heavy breathing by the brain eaters and the pipe stem antenna where great touches.)

I rated it a 7 due to the abundance of truly bad acting, dialog and editing. It doesn't get much worse than this which is what makes it so good.


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