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The Brainiac [TV] (1962)
"El barón del terror" (original title)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  1963 (USA)
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In 1661 Mexico, the Baron Vitelius of Astara is sentenced to be burned alive by the Holy Inquisition of Mexico for witchcraft, necromancy, and other crimes. As he dies, the Baron swears ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abel Salazar ...
Baron Vitelius d'Estera
Ariadna Welter ...
Bar girl - Second victim (as Ariadne Welter)
David Silva ...
Detective inspector
Germán Robles ...
Indalecio Pantoja / Sebastián de Pantoja
Luis Aragón ...
Prof. Saturnino Millán
Mauricio Garcés ...
Forensic surgeon
Ofelia Guilmáin ...
Luis Meneses' wife
René Cardona ...
Baltasar de Meneses / Luis Meneses
Rubén Rojo ...
Reinaldo Miranda / Marcos Miranda
Carlos Nieto ...
Lic. Francisco Coria
Carlota Solares ...
Townswoman
Federico Curiel ...
Detective
Magda Donato ...
Townswoman
Magda Urvizu ...
María Pantoja (as Magda Urbizu)
Miguel Brillas ...
Inquisitor Contreras
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In 1661 Mexico, the Baron Vitelius of Astara is sentenced to be burned alive by the Holy Inquisition of Mexico for witchcraft, necromancy, and other crimes. As he dies, the Baron swears vengeance against the descendants of the Inquisitors. 300 years later, a comet that was passing overhead on the night of the Baron's execution returns to earth, bringing with it the Baron in the form of a horrible, brain-eating monster that terrorizes the Inquisitor's descendants. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Some Mexican cheese of the highest order
1 January 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

The best bad films are the ones that, in addition to being unintentionally funny, have an ineptness that crosses over into surrealism and seem to operate on their own inner (dis)logic. A short list of such films would include "Plan 9 From Outer Space", "Reefer Madness", and "Robot Monster". Add "The Brainiac" to that list. Few times have I seen a film with such a highly improbable number of coincidences or truly mind-bending images. The filmmakers were obviously massive fans of "Black Sunday", which they shamelessly steal from both style and plot-wise, but "The Brainiac" is something entirely unique.

I mean look at the number of coincidences that occur within the story. All of the inquisitors' descendants are intellectuals and live in the same area even after 300 years. The Brainiac steals his first victims clothing except for his undergarments (either to please the censors or the title fiend doesn't need comfort). Apparently the cops in Mexico always come equipped with flamethrowers. And how exactly did the monster get those brains in the bowl? These and many other situations all combine to create a surreal experience.

Truth be told, Chano Urueta is not a completely incompetent director. There are moments when he comes close to a genuinely chilling atmosphere. These moments are completely squandered by the monster however, who just must be the goofiest paper-mache creation ever. "The Brainiac" is one of the most memorably bizarre bad movies ever made. This is some Mexican cheese of the highest order. (6/10)


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