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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

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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Delirious fun.
24 February 2003 | by (Haddonfield, IL) – See all my reviews

The natural reaction to "Brainiac" is to think "My God, what a horrible movie." While this is not untrue, "Brainiac" represents an absolutely outrageous entry in the Mexican horror genre, and it is not easily forgotten.

There are several things I love about this movie that keep me coming back for more. For one thing, the subject matter is surprisingly repellent for a film from the 1960s (hideous monster sucks human brains out through a hollow, piercing forked tongue), and the attack scenes are a little shocking. Sure the monster is clearly fake, but the actual design of the creature is as morbidly fascinating as it is ridiculous. The pulsating head is sickening, and what is up with those hands? There were plenty of goofy monstrosities on hand in the 50s and 60s, but few of them inspired such a visceral reaction as the Brainiac.

Next we have the sets. The barren forest where the Brainiac arrives in his meteor is a work of art worthy of Tim Burton. Skeletal trees cover a completely flat surface--misty and foreboding, yet completely unnatural and clearly a manmade creation. The interiors of the rest of the film, as well as the clothes and hairstyles, are 60s chic to the maximum. I especially love the scene where the Brainiac launches a brazen attack on a typically unsuspecting young woman while sipping martinis in a swank cocktail bar that looks like somebody's living room. Nirvana for any lover of kitsch.

There are other pleasures here too, including delightfully absurd scenes of the Brainiac (in his human form) munching on a back storage of human brains that he keeps in a decorative urn in his mansion. The paper mache meteor that "crashes" at the beginning is a sight to behold, too. It just comes sailing right down out of the air in a straight line, alighting with very little impact. In the realm of bad movies, "Brainiac" may not be the genre's "Citizen Kane", but you have got to admit that horrendous creature is more than a little disturbing.


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