The Brain From Planet Arous (1957)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1957.  Marquette Productions Ltd..  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .   Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Despite the description of the story, not to mention the juicy B-level title, this film isn’t nearly as bad as you might think. It’s actually a fun little sci-fi flick about two nuclear physicists who go exploring in a desert cave and find themselves face to face with a giant evil brain from outer space. In its effort to take over the world, the brain takes over the body of one of the scientists, turning him into a sex-hungry bastard who gets too rough with his girlfriend and kills other men on sight. Luckily, there’s another alien brain right behind the bad guy, a good one who has to come to save Earth from his dark colleague, and does so by taking over the body of the family dog. Hilariously kitschy, it never dwells on its salacious little story and even includes some jabbing messages about the all-too-nuclear age. The visual effects are terrific.

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