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Brain from Planet Arous, the

John Agar , Joyce Meadows , Nathan Juran    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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A strange alien ship crash lands in the California desert, bringing a terrifying evil intelligence from another planet whose mission is to conquer the world using subversive mind control. Wonderful Atomic Age entertainment with floating brains, telepathic possession, atom bombs and a scientist whose eyes can destroy planes in mid-flight, plus a sex-starved alien brain monster with lustful desires for beautiful leading lady Joyce Meadows, who delicately refuses its advances with a meat ax. Not to be missed!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hokey fun Jan. 31 2003
When I was a kid, John Agar's glazed over radioactive eyes and the floating transparent brain of the film's title really gave me the willies, I tell ya. This is still a wonderful silly movie that benefits from being short, with the monster introduced early on. Agar is good, contorting himself in pain pretty convincingly as the monster enters and leaves his body, and he's got the megalomanical laugh down pat. The special effects are primitive, especially when the alien monster is forced to assume his real shape and reveals himself to be a rubber blob bouncing around on a wire, but heck, you were expecting Industrial Light and Magic, maybe? Everything is low budget: small cast, stock footage, a nuclear research lab with no equipment, and a set that consists of the desert and someone's suburban home. And what other film mentions the "fissure of Rolando"? The extras on the DVD are virtually non-existent, consisting only of chapter search and the theatrical trailer. Biographical info of the performers, especially the supporting cast, would have been welcome. If you like sci fi B-movies, this certainly fits the bill perfectly. The transfer to DVD is excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic B movie Feb. 26 2002
Gor and Val are alien brains that come to earth. Gor wants to enslave the human race and takes over John Agar's body. Val wants to capture Gor and return him to planet Arous from which he escaped. Val inhabits a dog to be close to Gor. Gor blows up an atomic test site, crisps a couple of people, and destroys a couple of airplanes (the pieces of which hang from their wires afterwards) before his comeuppance. And, of course, Gor has to lust after the female lead. The acting is generally fine and the film exhibits a level of professionalism lacking in a lot of these "classics".
This is great B movie fare. And as an extra bonus, the ravine and cave in which Gor and Val are discovered was earlier occupied by that ultimate of alien pests, Ro-man: the alien in a gorilla suit and diver's helmet which appears in Robot Monster, another classic of 1950s sci-fi.
The DVD is of good quality. Details are visible in the shadows and the scenes have good tone throughout. The picture is sharp. A very good transfer to DVD.
This is an enjoyable, if silly, film. A good example of the alien invader paranoia of the 1950s.
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By Surfink
From the producer (Jacques 'Jack' Marquette) and director (Nathan Juran) of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Brain from Planet Arous (like 50 Foot Woman) has to be one of the top five or ten most entertaining bad films of all time. Apparently Juran was so ashamed of these two movies that he took the pseudonym 'Nathan Hertz' as his screen credit. Unlike say, Dick Cunha, Coleman Francis, or Ed Wood's movies, it's not technical incompetence or lack of funds that create the magic here (although those were no doubt factors), but the completely loony, ludicrous script by Ray Buffum (Teenage Monster, Island of Lost Women). John Agar delivers a deadpan, tour de force performance (perhaps matched only by Jack Nicholson in The Shining) as Steve, the alien-possessed hero: relaxed and easygoing one minute, smug and sarcastic, leering lustfully, writhing in agony, or laughing maniacally the next. Joyce Meadows actually emotes quite convincingly as his frightened, confused fiance Sally, and familiar faces Robert (Wagon Train, Laramie) Fuller, and beaky Thomas B. Henry (Beginning of the End, How to Make a Monster, etc.) fill out the 'name' cast. The only evidence of legendary makeup artist Jack Pierce's participation are Agar's silver eyeballs (re-used by Pierce five years later in Creation of the Humanoids). The lecherous (!?) brain itself is a wonderfully silly only-in-the-50s creation, while Agar, laughing psychotically, telepathically destroying chintzy model airplanes, and his climactic showdown with evil alien brain Gor are cheese-lover's delights. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joyce Meadows Rules July 31 2001
Though this film is typical of science fiction in the fifties, there is a special interest due to characterization. Young people in the fifties, like young people in every decade, go through periods of alienation. The "self" projected at school or work is not always the "self" projected at home. Young people are often torn between ego and id when it comes to desires, goals, and ambitions. On the surface the alien possession of John Agar's character is simply another one of those favorite old SF themes. However, as young people often find themselves pulled in different directions when it comes to moral and ethical issues involving everything from sex to drugs so is Agar in this film. John Agar has often been underated as an actor. Here we see him as the Agar we are used to, the All American good guy with an inner dark side brought out by the alien inhabiting his body. Agar is very convincing as he in a sense plays two roles. Actress Joyce Meadows is excellent as the girl friend who is strong, loyal, and who sees the good beneath the evil surface. She is no helpless heroine who can do nothing and is one of the very few SF heroines in the fifties to prove herself the equal of any man, or for that matter, alien. Of course all of us would like to have that sort of loyal friend come to our rescue, at any age. She is not a victim. Perhaps the only unfortunate aspect of the film is the title which is very misleading. It is not just another SF film and one I used often in the classroom as a teacher. Yes, I have talked about this with both John Agar and Joyce Meadows and they have become both friends and "teaching partners" over the years. Get the film and enjoy....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic B movie!
If you love B movies but have never heard of this one, you are in for a treat. With John Agar at his over-acting best and glowing giant brains, it has everything you need. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Daran Paige
3.0 out of 5 stars Brain Tumor...
Steve March (John Agar) is a nuclear physicist who is entered and possessed by an alien entity. The alien is a giant, floating brain with glowing peepers. Read more
Published on March 4 2004 by Bindy Sue Fr°nkŘnschtein
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as brain movies get!
The Brain from Planet Arous is one of the three "classic brain movies" claiming honored spots in my core, desert island, protect-against-nuclear-holocaust DVD collection. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2001 by Jan Strnad
5.0 out of 5 stars Will the Fissure of Orlando show up in time?
Two brains with dissimilar attitudes arrive on Earth. One is criminal (Gor) and takes on Steve March's body. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2001 by bernie
3.0 out of 5 stars AS COLD AS A WELL DIGGERS FOOT
In truth, THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS, actually comes across more like a failed sci-fi/sitcom pilot than a movie - it has all the elements for a series on television - a sitcom... Read more
Published on March 17 2001 by Thomas E. O'Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars ultimate b-movie ambiance
This is perhaps the single most enjoyable b-movie I have ever seen, including even "Plan Nine From Outer space" (which I know is high praise). Read more
Published on March 6 2001 by William Kersten
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