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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 »

Director:

Chano Urueta

Writers:

Federico Curiel (story and adaptation), Adolfo López Portillo (story and adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Abel Salazar ... Baron Vitelius d'Estera
Ariadne Welter Ariadne Welter ... Chica asesinada en restaurant / Bar girl
David Silva David Silva ... Comandante / lead detective
Germán Robles ... Indalecio Pantoja / Sebastián de Pantoja
Luis Aragón Luis Aragón ... Prof. Saturnino Millán
Mauricio Garcés ... Médico forense / Forensic surgeon
Ofelia Guilmáin ... Señora Meneses
René Cardona ... Baltasar de Meneses / Luis Meneses
Rubén Rojo ... Reynaldo Miranda / Marcos Miranda
Carlos Nieto Carlos Nieto ... Lic. Francisco Coria
Carlota Solares Carlota Solares ... Espectadora hoguera / Townswoman
Federico Curiel ... Detective
Magda Donato ... Doña Mariquita / Townswoman
Magda Urvizu Magda Urvizu ... Ana Luisa del Vivar (as Magda Urbizu)
Miguel Brillas Miguel Brillas ... Bibliotecario
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Storyline

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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Approved
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baron of Terror See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinematográfica ABSA See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

Bennie: I've gotta examine them to find out who drilled those holes in their skulls. It probably was some maniac who thought he was cracking a safe!
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Alternate Versions

In the director's cut version, there's a scene where the Garces character ask to his reflection in the mirror: "Where's my god, where's my last love and my last reward for be crying to the night? Perhaps the legs of my diseased mother expels more energy than your love, God". See more »

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A maniac with a lot of knowledge is a threat.
17 March 2010 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Baron Vitelius Destera (Abel Salazar) is burned at the stake by The Inquisition, and vows to return 300 years later to exact revenge, just as Paul Naschy did in El espanto surge de la tumba.

Riding in on a comet, the Baron returns to seek revenge.

Do not expect a polished production; this 1962 after all! But, the brain-eating monster with the forked tongue is a sight to see! What a waste of a good long tongue. :-) He uses hypnotism to stun his victims before he sucks out their brains. Watching a father frozen immobile while his daughter is killed was precious.

The Baron always has a dish of brains around for a snack in between murders.

What an ending.


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