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

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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 ...
Chica asesinada en restaurant / Bar girl (as Ariadne Welter)
David Silva ...
Comandante / lead detective
Germán Robles ...
Indalecio Pantoja / Sebastián de Pantoja
Luis Aragón ...
Prof. Saturnino Millán
Mauricio Garcés ...
Médico forense / Forensic surgeon
Ofelia Guilmáin ...
Señora Meneses
René Cardona ...
Baltasar de Meneses / Luis Meneses
Rubén Rojo ...
Reynaldo Miranda / Marcos Miranda
Carlos Nieto ...
Lic. Francisco Coria
Carlota Solares ...
Espectadora hoguera / Townswoman
Federico Curiel ...
Magda Donato ...
Doña Mariquita / Townswoman
Magda Urvizu ...
Ana Luisa del Vivar (as Magda Urbizu)
Miguel Brillas ...


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 <>

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The most bizarre horror movie. Ever.




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1963 (USA)  »

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Baron of Terror  »

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(RCA High Fidelity)

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1.37 : 1
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Bennie: I've gotta examine them to find out who drilled those holes in their skulls. It probably was some maniac who thought he was cracking a safe!
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Brain Eater Monster
20 September 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1661, in Mexico, the Inquisition sentences the Baron Vitelius d'Estera (Abel Salazar) to be burned at the stake for witchcraft, necromancy and seduction of wives and damsels of the lords. He is unsuccessfully defended by the noble Marcos Miranda (Rubén Rojo). The Baron curses the descendants of the four Inquisitors - Indalecio Pantoja (Germán Robles), Baltasar de Meneses (René Cardona), Reinaldo Miranda (Rubén Rojo) and Contreras (Miguel Brillas) - promising that he will return in three hundred years to eliminate them while a comet passes in the sky.

In 1961, the astronomer Prof. Saturnino Millán (Luis Aragón) sees the passage of a comet with his assistants Reinaldo Miranda and Victoria Contreras (Rosa Maria Gallardo) in the sky of Mexico. The comet brings Baron Vitelius d'Estera in the form of a brain eater monster. When the baron finds Sebastián de Pantoja, Luis Meneses, Marcos Miranda and Victoria Contreras, who are descendants of the Inquisitors, his vengeance begins.

"El barón del terror", a.k.a. "The Brainiac", is a trash Mexican horror movie directed by the unknown Chano Urueta. The story is non-sense, with a man returning to Mexico in a comet in the form of a cheesy monster and inviting prominent people that do not know him to a party. There are also two police inspectors that are investigating the death of the monster's victims and are also invited to the same party. Therefore the Baron intends to kill the descendants of the Inquisitors and brings the police to his house that he has apparently rented with a butler. Anyway, if you enjoy trash movie, forget the logic, shutdown your brain and enjoy this flick. My vote is five.

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