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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.
Plot:
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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Bizarre mix of horror and sci-fi from Mexico 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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Quotes:
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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wanda (1970)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Bizarre mix of horror and sci-fi from Mexico, 16 November 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

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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