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El barón del terror
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1963 (USA) See more »
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The most bizarre horror movie. Ever.
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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What a sexy looking fella! See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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
Rosa María Gallardo ... Victoria Contreras (as Rosa Ma. Gallardo)
Roxana Bellini ... Prostitute - Third victim
Susana Cora ... Ana Luisa Vivar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francisco Reiguera ... Vitelius' Butler (uncredited)
Víctor Velázquez ... First Victim (uncredited)

Directed by
Chano Urueta 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Federico Curiel  story and adaptation
Adolfo López Portillo  story and adaptation
Antonio Orellana  uncredited

Produced by
Abel Salazar .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gustavo César Carrión 
 
Cinematography by
José Ortiz Ramos 
 
Film Editing by
Alfredo Rosas Priego 
 
Casting by
Rodolfo Villalba 
 
Production Design by
Javier Torres Torija 
 
Set Decoration by
Ángel Trejo 
 
Makeup Department
Rosa Guerrero .... makeup artist
Esperanza Gómez .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Luis García de León .... production manager
Luis G. Rubín .... production chief
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jesús Marín .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
James L. Fields .... sound supervisor
Jesús González Gancy .... dialogue recordist
Galdino R. Samperio .... sound re-recordist (as Galdino Samperio)
 
Special Effects by
Juan Muñoz Ravelo .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gabriel Castro .... lighting technician
Ignacio Romero .... camera operator
Alfredo Ruvalcaba .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Ramón Aupart .... assistant editor
Abraham Cruz .... synchronization editor
 
Music Department
Gustavo César Carrión .... musical director
 
Other crew
Francisco Ledesma .... delegate: actors
Miguel Ángel Madrigal .... script supervisor
Eduardo Mendoza .... titles (as Eduardo Mendoza H.)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El barón del terror" - Mexico (original title)
"Baron of Terror" - USA (informal literal English title)
"Brainiac" - USA (promotional title)
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Runtime:
77 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

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Detective inspector:A maniac with a lot of knowledge is a threat.See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
What a sexy looking fella!, 9 March 2007
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

For once, the outrageous image displayed on the DVD-cover isn't an exaggeration, as the titular Terror-Baron for some reason really does occasionally mutate into a hideous creature with the long split tongue of a lizard, the big pointy ears of a bat and tiny trunks for hands! I don't know why the Mexican film crew opted for this peculiar monster-design, but it sure is original and a very welcome change from all the usual vampires, witches, werewolves and masked serial killers. The movie atmospherically opens in the year 1661, with the extended and relentless trial against Baron Vitelius d'Estera, who's condemned for sorcery, necromancy and a whole shopping list of other vile crimes against humanity. As a comet passes on the night of his execution, the Baron swears he'll reincarnate within 300 years and extract his bloody vengeance against the descendants of the Inquisitors who burned him alive at the stake. Punctually three centuries later, a comet falls onto earth and the Baron lives again. Introducing himself as a charming and eloquent man, he seeks contact with the kin of his executioners and ingeniously sucks the brains out of their skull whilst they're hypnotized. "Brainiac" doesn't play in the same quality league as some other contemporary Mexican horror films (like "Curse of the Crying Woman" and "The Black Pit of Dr. M"), but it's a tremendously entertaining and competently made black & white chiller. The film is fast-paced and obviously borrowing a lot of style-elements from fellow Gothic classics. The film is also stuffed with ludicrous twists and tacky special effects, yet for some reason the tone remains serious. Even when the screenplay reverts to dreadful clichés and stereotypes, the actors speak their lines straight faced and without blinking. The idea of vengeance against descendants isn't exactly groundbreaking either, but at least the film never gets dull or repetitive! Probably thanks to the incredibly cool-looking Baron, whose appearance is indescribably far-out! "Brainiac" is one bizarre horror film - albeit not THE most bizarre ever, like the tagline proudly announces – and the hardcore cult fanatics among us definitely should purchase it.

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