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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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Possibly The Best Film Ever Made? See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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 ... Bibliotecario
Rosa María Gallardo ... Victoria Contreras (as Rosa Ma. Gallardo)
Roxana Bellini ... María de Pantoja
Susana Cora ... Prostituta asesinada / prostitute
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ricardo Adalid ... Espectador hoguera (uncredited)
Marco Antonio Arzate ... Álvaro de Contreras (uncredited)
Felipe de Flores ... Motorista asesinado / first victim (uncredited)
Francisco Reiguera ... Mayordomo / Vitelius' Butler (uncredited)

Carlos Robles Gil ... Espectador hoguera (uncredited)
Víctor Velázquez ... Roberto, dueño restaurant / bar owner (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)

Did You Know?

Quotes:
Detective inspector:A maniac with a lot of knowledge is a threat.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Mexican Monsters on the March (1994) (V)See more »

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Possibly The Best Film Ever Made?, 28 April 1999
Author: Steevh from Hastings, England

TV comedy has made a lot of mileage out of the movies of 50s and 60s over the last few years. I've lost count of the number of supposedly generic 'B Movie' sketches I've seen on one comedy show or another- usually accompanied by the studio audience laughing so hard that you'd expect a 'Scanners'/'Meaning of Life style' bodily explosion any second.

I wonder what those TV hacks and their zombie audiences would do if confronted with this, a movie that is so magically, unashamedly bad that it covers you in puppy-dog kisses and dares you not to love it.

Quick Synopsis: A couple of hundred years ago an evil baron bloke was executed for being... well, evil. In contemporary Mexicamerica a meteor is lowered gracefully from the studio ceiling and in a puff of smoke turns into the reincarnated Baron: a brain-eating monster from space, who kills people by kissing them with his long forked tongue. In his disguise as the camply menacing Baron Del Terror he then throws dinner parties for his enemies' descendants, occasionally sneaking away to munch on a piece of cerebellum secreted in his cupboard. Involved in all this are a brave hero, his girlfriend, and a mad scientist. Oh, and some comedy cops for light relief- as if this needed any. I won't tell you how it ends, but I guarantee your jaw will be agape. Promise.

Nearly every scene is jam packed with absurdities- from the picture of Neptune on the wall of an office (to denote that astronomers work there) to the hilariously stilted dialogue- translated by someone to whom the English Language is, well, just something that other people speak. I kid you not, if any modern comedian could jam this many fantastic, mad, and stunningly dumb elements into a parody, he'd be a genius. Best of all is the fact that it's all played straight.

Run, do not walk, to your local cinema and demand a late night showing of 'Brainiac'. Invite all your friends, and then slip into delirium.

And then take all your copies of 'Saturday Night Live', and 'Amazon Women On The Moon', and burn them. They serve no purpose: This is the true face of the 'B', and it is far better than you'd ever imagine.

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