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The Brain Eaters (1958)

The inhabitants of a small Illinois town begin disappearing after a strange cone is found sticking out of the ground nearby.

Director:

Bruno VeSota

Writer:

Gordon Urquhart (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ed Nelson ... Dr. Paul Kettering (as Edwin Nelson)
Alan Jay Factor Alan Jay Factor ... Glenn Cameron (as Alan Frost)
Cornelius Keefe ... Senator Walter K. Powers (as Jack Hill)
Joanna Lee Joanna Lee ... Alice Summers
Jody Fair Jody Fair ... Elaine Cameron
David Hughes David Hughes ... Dr. Wyler
Robert Ball Robert Ball ... Dan Walker
Greigh Phillips Greigh Phillips ... Sheriff
Orville Sherman ... Mayor Cameron
Leonard Nimoy ... Professor Cole (as Leonard Nemoy)
Doug Banks Doug Banks ... Doctor
Henry Randolph Henry Randolph ... Telegrapher
Saul Bronson Saul Bronson ... Prof. Helsingman
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Storyline

Strange things are happening in Riverdale, Illinois. A huge, seemingly alien structure has been found jutting out of the earth. Sent to investigate the origin of the mysterious object, Senator Walter Powers discovers that parasites from the center of the earth have infiltrated the town, taking control of the authorities and workers, making communication with the outside world impossible, and leaving the responsibility of stopping the invasion up to Powers and a small group of free individuals. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Taglines:

Crawling, slimy things terror-bent on destroying the world!

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Sci-Fi | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Keepers of the Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

Pomona, California, USA

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Corinthian Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono
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Trivia

His role as Senator Walter K. Powers became the last role for Cornelius Keefe, ending a career of almost 35 years starting in silent films. He passed away in 1972. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Kettering fires the pistol into the craft's tunnel, it demonstrates that the bullet ricochets throughout. However, what is heard is not just the ricochet but also the sound of several gunshots though the gun was discharged only once. See more »

Quotes

Senator Walter K. Powers: I'm here, and I want action!
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When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1991 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

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Guess who's coming to dinner?
4 November 2001 | by Bruce_CookSee all my reviews

It's only about 60 minutes long, and the special effects (what little there are) are substandard, but some real imagination went into this one, with a plot based on `The Puppet Masters' by Robert Heinlein. A strange Earth-drilling craft surfaces in a small town and disgorges a horde of fuzzy little parasitic creatures who fasten themselves to the necks of the townsfolk and control their brains. Scientist Ed Nelson (who is also the film's producer) battles the invaders. Watch for a scene in which the hero enters the drill craft and confronts a bearded old man . . . played by Leonard Nimoy!

If you just LOVE 1950s sci-fi, here's an obscure little curiosity for you. If not . . . well, try the Sci-Fi Channel.


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