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The Brainiac (1962)

El barón del terror (original title)
Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 1963 (USA)
In 1661 Mexico, the Baron Vitelius of Astara is sentenced to be burned alive by the Holy Inquisition of Mexico for witchcraft, necromancy, and other crimes. As he dies, the Baron swears ... See full summary »

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... Baron Vitelius d'Estera
Ariadne Welter ... Chica asesinada en restaurant / Bar girl
David Silva ... Comandante / lead detective
... Indalecio Pantoja / Sebastián de Pantoja
Luis Aragón ... Prof. Saturnino Millán
... Médico forense / Forensic surgeon
... Señora Meneses
... Baltasar de Meneses / Luis Meneses
... Reynaldo Miranda / Marcos Miranda
Carlos Nieto ... Lic. Francisco Coria
Carlota Solares ... Espectadora hoguera / Townswoman
Federico Curiel ... Detective
... Doña Mariquita / Townswoman
Magda Urvizu ... Ana Luisa del Vivar (as Magda Urbizu)
Miguel Brillas ... Bibliotecario
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In 1661 Mexico, the Baron Vitelius of Astara is sentenced to be burned alive by the Holy Inquisition of Mexico for witchcraft, necromancy, and other crimes. As he dies, the Baron swears vengeance against the descendants of the Inquisitors. 300 years later, a comet which was passing overhead on the night of the Baron's execution returns to earth, bringing with it the Baron in the form of a horrible, brain-eating monster that terrorizes the Inquisitor's descendants. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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The most bizarre horror movie. Ever.


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This movie was referred to in the Frank Zappa/Captain Beefheart song Debra Kadabra from the album Bongo Fury. See more »

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After the Baron kills the professor and his daughter, he sets fire to their house. As they lay dead, their eyelids move. See more »

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Baron Vitelius: It so happens liquor does me damage. I once had a very strange disease.
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Referenced in Wanda (1970) See more »

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What a sexy looking fella!
9 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

For once, the outrageous image displayed on the DVD-cover isn't an exaggeration, as the titular Terror-Baron for some reason really does occasionally mutate into a hideous creature with the long split tongue of a lizard, the big pointy ears of a bat and tiny trunks for hands! I don't know why the Mexican film crew opted for this peculiar monster-design, but it sure is original and a very welcome change from all the usual vampires, witches, werewolves and masked serial killers. The movie atmospherically opens in the year 1661, with the extended and relentless trial against Baron Vitelius d'Estera, who's condemned for sorcery, necromancy and a whole shopping list of other vile crimes against humanity. As a comet passes on the night of his execution, the Baron swears he'll reincarnate within 300 years and extract his bloody vengeance against the descendants of the Inquisitors who burned him alive at the stake. Punctually three centuries later, a comet falls onto earth and the Baron lives again. Introducing himself as a charming and eloquent man, he seeks contact with the kin of his executioners and ingeniously sucks the brains out of their skull whilst they're hypnotized. "Brainiac" doesn't play in the same quality league as some other contemporary Mexican horror films (like "Curse of the Crying Woman" and "The Black Pit of Dr. M"), but it's a tremendously entertaining and competently made black & white chiller. The film is fast-paced and obviously borrowing a lot of style-elements from fellow Gothic classics. The film is also stuffed with ludicrous twists and tacky special effects, yet for some reason the tone remains serious. Even when the screenplay reverts to dreadful clichés and stereotypes, the actors speak their lines straight faced and without blinking. The idea of vengeance against descendants isn't exactly groundbreaking either, but at least the film never gets dull or repetitive! Probably thanks to the incredibly cool-looking Baron, whose appearance is indescribably far-out! "Brainiac" is one bizarre horror film - albeit not THE most bizarre ever, like the tagline proudly announces – and the hardcore cult fanatics among us definitely should purchase it.


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