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The Brain Eaters (1958)

TV-PG | | Sci-Fi, Horror | September 1958 (USA)
The inhabitants of a small Illinois town begin disappearing after a strange cone is found sticking out of the ground nearby.


Bruno VeSota


Gordon Urquhart (screenplay)




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


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Narration was added to the movie during editing because the sound quality was poor and you couldn't hear what was being said by the actors. Notice that actors are talking but you don't hear them in some parts. The added narration was by Alan Frost. See more »


A group of people investigating part of an alien space ship split up to search for other sections of it. There's a close up of a couple in a car and the background shows that it's obviously night. A long shot of a car approaching is in day light then the next car seen is and it's night then it's daylight when a fourth car is seen. See more »


Dr. Paul Kettering: Some of it is fact, some of it scientific hunch.
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Alternate Versions

The movie was clearly inspired by Robert A. Heinlein's book The Puppet Masters, though this source was not credited in the film. Heinlein sued the filmmakers and obtained an out-of-court settlement. See more »


Referenced in System Shock 2 (1999) See more »

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Far, far better than the horrible title would imply
28 January 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This movie is about an invasion of the planet from deep within the bowels of the Earth. Little stupid looking beings (that look a lot like the old Cootie game from Schapper) invade the brains of unsuspecting humans and begin doing their evil bidding.

With a title like THE BRAIN EATERS, this sounded like an astoundingly bad movie--and that's something I can't resist! Older schlock films are a guilty pleasure for me, as I know I should hate them but enjoy them for a laugh now and again. And, with a terribly low score of 4, I sure expected it to be bad. Wow, did it come as a surprise when I did watch this super-low budget film, as in many ways it was quite entertaining and clever---and deserved a score much higher. In fact, almost all the reviews for the film give it a 5 or above--yet, incongruously, there is an overall score of 4!. Given that there is practically no budget, I was surprised that the film was pretty well written and the acting wasn't bad--I really expected so much less. Now I am not saying this is Shakespeare--this is a 50's sci-fi film that seems awfully similar to contemporary films such as INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. And while it will never come close to the quality of great 50's sci-fi, it is a touch better than average and better than films with five and ten times the budget. While my score of 6 may seem high for such a modest film, considering how successful the end product was and how little the outlay, I think it is well earned.

By the way, although he's heavily disguised with a cheesy and very large wig AND he's within a veil of steam, it's Leonard Nimoy as the leader of the little buggers.

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Release Date:

September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Keepers of the Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

Pomona, California, USA


Box Office


$30,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Corinthian Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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