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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!

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Horror

Certificate:

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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

Producer Ed Nelson, who also stars, created the parasites himself using little wind-up toys covered with fur from an old coat and pipe cleaners for antennae. 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

Glenn Cameron: Will he live?
Dr. Paul Kettering: No, but he's going to, at least as long as science can make him
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Alternate Versions

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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THE BRAIN EATERS (Bruno Ve Sota, 1958) **
23 January 2010 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is one of a series of vintage AIP horror titles released some time ago as part of an R2 DVD collection entitled "The Arkoff Library", though the copy I watched was actually culled from an AMC TV broadcast (with constant streaming advertisements of upcoming shows and pictures!); others include THE SHE-CREATURE (1956), BLOOD OF Dracula (1957) and HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958) – all of which I have acquired in time for my ongoing Halloween challenge. Thematically, the film is a variation on the classic INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) with a small town gradually taken over (though not by an alien organism but rather a vanished – and, typically, superior – civilization); despite the sensationalistic title, the creatures – 'possessing' their victims through small punctures at the back of the neck – are never actually seen, leading to a wonderful POV shot (perhaps the film's highlight) depicting an attack on the hero's girlfriend. The leader of the 'invaders' is actually a bearded old man – only ever shown in silhouette – residing in a cone-shaped rocket! The end result is not too bad though hardly a classic of its familiar kind or genre and obviously cramped by the low budget and necessary compactness (running a mere 56 minutes); interestingly, the film's director is the burly Orson Welles-lookalike sleazeball from DEMENTIA (1955).


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