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The Brain from Planet Arous

USA 1957
produced by
Jacques R. Marquette for Marquette Productions/Howco
directed by Nathan Hertz (= Nathan Juran)
starring John Agar, Joyce Meadows, Thomas Browne Henry, Robert Fuller, Ken Terrell, Henry Travis, E.Leslie Thomas, Tim Graham, Bill Giorgio, Dale Tate
written by Ray Buffin, music by Walter Greene, make-up by Jack Pierce, cinematography by Jacques R. Marquette

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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When nuclear scientists Steve (John Agar) and Dan (Robert Fuller) investigate a freak occurence of radiation at Mystery Mountain in the middle of the desert, they are attacked by a brain from outer space (planet Arous to be precise), which promptly kills Dan and possesses Steve. The possessed Steve then returns home to his fiancée Sally (Joyce Meadows) - and soon she notices he starts to behave strange: He suddenly is a much more passionate kisser (you see, the brain, Gor by name, has the hots for Sally as well), he repeatedly talks about world domination, and he always comes up with some feeble lies why Dan did not come back from Mystery Mountain with him. Oh and by the way, he has now developed the ability to blow up airplanes and stuff by the power of thought alone.

Anyways, Sally wants to find out what's going on and so she and her father (Thomas Browne Henry) make a trip for Mystery Mountain, where they meet another brain, Vol, but Vol is a good brain chasing the evil Gor, who is a mad conqueror. Before long, Vol has decided to possess Sally's dog to always be near Steve and eventually get him ...

STeve meanwhile has met with top brass of the military and demonsrated his powers during some nuclear tests proving to them that they are much stronger than any atom bomb. And before you know it, the world has to agree to do Steve's - or rather Gor's - bidding.

But according to Vol, Gor has to leave his human host for at least a few minutes every 24 hours and materialize as his true self (which is of course a big brain - with eyes), during which time and only then he is vulnerable. And somehow, Sally can slip this information to Steve, who in the end attacks Gor just when Gor is about to attack Sally, and defeats the alien invader ...


Brainsploitation at its funniest !!!

A stupid alien invasion story, a ridiculous brain creature, cheapish effects and sets, the usual second-rate American B-actors and a hilarious finale all add up to one hell of a funny film. Not a good film, mind you, but incredibly entertaining to watch.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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