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The Brainiac (1962)

El barón del terror (original title)
Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 1963 (USA)
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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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 ...
Detective
Magda Donato ...
Doña Mariquita / Townswoman
Magda Urvizu ...
Ana Luisa del Vivar (as Magda Urbizu)
Miguel Brillas ...
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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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The most bizarre horror movie. Ever.


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Trivia

This movie was referred to in the Frank Zappa/Captain Beefheart song Debra Kadabra from the album Bongo Fury. See more »

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After the Baron kills the professor and his daughter, he sets fire to their house. As they lay dead, their eyelids move. See more »

Quotes

Baron Vitelius: It so happens liquor does me damage. I once had a very strange disease.
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Featured in Horrible Horror (1986) See more »

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Bizarre mix of horror and sci-fi from Mexico
16 November 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

What we have here is a bizarre mix of Gothic horror and Sci-Fi. Brainiac may not be the best Mexican horror film ever made, but it's a fun and interesting little flick, and I doubt that any fan of cult horror will regret watching it. The film takes influence from across the horror spectrum, with cult horror films such as Mario Bava's Black Sunday and I, Vampiri being mixed with any number of American Sci-Fi classics involving evil sprouting from a comet coming down to Earth. This hodgepodge of ideas has 'nice try' written all over it, but somehow director Chano Urueta manages to pull it all together into a somewhat fluid and invigorating film. The plot focuses on Baron Vitelius; a man put to death by fire in 1661 for a catalogue of anti-social crimes. He swears vengeance on his punisher's by stating that he will return the next time the comet passing over returns - and he does! 300 years later in 1961, Baron Vitelius comes back to Earth as 'The Brainiac', a monstrous brain-hungry creature that sucks the brain fluid out of the descendants of the people who killed him...

It's abundantly clear that the film was shot on a low budget as the special effects are very simple and mostly done with camera trickery, while the 'Brainiac' creature is so obviously just a man in a mask that it's almost painful. It's lucky, then, that the director manages to tell his story very well and this is often a big enough distraction from the film's shortcomings. The plot isn't particularly deep, but it has direction and flows well. The majority of the film is taken up by seeing the Baron turned Brainiac getting his revenge on the descendants of those that killed him, but somehow it doesn't get old too quickly. One of the most remarkable things about this film is the fact that it's all completely serious! With special effects this cheap and a plot so thin you've got to expect an ample dose of humour, but for some reason this film doesn't seem to have one! The atmosphere is good, however, and the black and white cinematography excellently compliments the central plot and style of the film. Overall, this is far from being brilliant - but it still comes highly recommended to avid cult collectors because it's so much fun to watch!


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