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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.

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:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Corinthian Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

To save money on his own film, Ed Nelson, who also produced, wears the same coat he used in Night of the Blood Beast (1958). 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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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 »

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Version of The Puppet Masters (1994) See more »

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Brain Music
9 September 2007 | by RotwangsGirlSee all my reviews

I read your post re: The Brain Eaters. I have done extensive research on the music and have also come to the conclusion that there never was a Tom Jonson. I have identified much of the score but the piece that eludes me is the Main Title. Does anyone have any idea what that's from? Your help would be greatly appreciated. It's driving me crazy.

In the meantime , this is a fun film (if derivative). The biggest mistake might be the Pipe Cleaner antennea on the little monsters. The idea the creatures are subterranian in nature was very different for the period. All in all a good fun romp. The classical score does add a weirdness that somehow compelling.


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