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Brainiac [Import]

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  • Format: Black & White, NTSC, Import
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • Release Date: July 30 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00006G8F3
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In 1661 Mexico, the Baron Vitelius of Astara is burned alive by the Holy Inquisition of Mexico for witchcraft, necromancy and other crimes. With his dying breath the Baron swears vengeance against the Inquisitors' descendants. Three centuries later, a comet that was passing overhead on the night of the Baron's execution returns to earth, brigning with it the Baron... now a horrible brain-eating monster that destroys the Inquisitor's descendants one by one.

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If you are a fan of Frank Zappa you might be aware of his enjoyment of and thus referencing of cheap horror flicks. The song "Cheapnis" from the album Roxy and Elsewhere is about the movie "It Conquered the World." starring Lee Van Cleef. Well, if you've read this far you may be interested to know that this is the movie that track one from Bongo Fury-Debra Kadabra is about. Im sorry, but I have not seen this movie yet. If someone out there reading this who is familiar with both Bongo Fury and this movie Brainiac, the horrible off key trumpet in Debra Kadabra refers to the guy who "grows brainiac fingers."
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Disappointing DVD transfer of the classic turkey, The Brainiac. Beverly Wilshire released this DVD in 2000 and it's too bad they just picked up any old copy and transferred it to the digital medium. The video is scratchy and there are several places where the audio skips. There is even an inexcusable long pause during a reel change. I guess you get what you pay for. Maybe someday one of the better companies will release The Brainiac in all its glory. Until then, we're stuck with this copy. Abel Salazar is turning over in his grave!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9b0e1264) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b250150) out of 5 stars Brain Casserole, Anyone? Aug. 28 2004
By Robert I. Hedges - Published on
Format: DVD
This is an amazing film from our friends in Mexico. I give it five stars for hilarity and pompousness in equal combinations. You will be unable to stop rolling your eyes at this film.

The premise is that in 1661 this guy, Baron Vitelius of Astara, was burned as part of the Inquisition in "New Spain" (Mexico), and he vows revenge on the descendents of those who wrongfully executed him in 300 years, when the comet that was overhead at the time of the execution returns. We know he is serious, because he appears to have ill defined magical powers, including the power of invisibility, which for some reason he does not use to escape the fire.

In 1961, right on schedule, the comet returns, the Baron riding along with it, only now he is the Brainiac, a monster who must eat human brains. The comet needs an aside here: never before has a comet looked this hokey in all of film history (you simply must see this for yourself), and secondly, the comet lands (!) by gently dropping to the ground with a thud. It appears to be papier-mache. No smoke, no crater, nothing. Then Brainiac gets out. Amazing.

Brainiac is able to transform himself into a suave Baron who eats brains out of a casserole dish after he removes them (intact, somehow) from his victims skulls using his tubular, bifurcated tongue while in his Brainiac form. After we meet the Brainiac we get to a long monologue that was not dubbed into English, so perhaps it was a great scene, but somehow I doubt it. In the end he succeeds in killing the descendants of his old rivals and meets his own demise, oddly enough through the genius of special effects, in his underwear.

The special effects throughout this film are delightfully bad, and none is worse than the puffy, hyperventilating Brainiac himself with his rubber forked tongue and hairy hooves that he uses like big, hairy tweezers.

This movie is so bad you almost feel sorry for it. It is un-scary and tedious, yet pompous, pretentious, and so badly executed that like a train wreck, it is impossible to look away.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b1bc66c) out of 5 stars One of the greatest Turkeys Sept. 9 2002
By Brendon Schlitt - Published on
Format: DVD
One of my favorites from south of the Border. The monster is so over the top and the storyline so nutty, not to mention the crazy dubbing. If you love Plan 9 or Robot Monster, then pick this up.
The lead (German Robles) has played other great Mexican Monsters - he was the lead in the classic, The Vampire and The Vampire's Coffin.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b13df60) out of 5 stars The Original Masterpiece!... May 27 2013
By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein - Published on
Format: DVD
BRAINIAC is the Mexican classic from the 50s. The creature consists of some poor guy in a rubber mask and rubber claw-gloves! You will sit agog as the mask pulsates w/ his every labored breath! He pierces the skulls of his victims, and sucks out their brains like pimentos pulled out of olives! No cheeeze fanatic's life can possibly be complete without having seen BRAINIAC! I urge you to drop whatever else you may be doing, and watch this glorious film immediately...
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b239dc8) out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR LAUGHS May 31 2003
By Mart Sander - Published on
Format: DVD
There is nothing that has not gone wrong with this movie. Please do buy it, and from the opening credits to the most amazing ending there are lots of laughs. It's so badly written, acted, filmed and dubbed, that one finds it hard to belive it wasn't masterminded by at least someone who screwed it up intentionally. The transformation scenes and the final outcome (monster) must be the lousiest in the rich history of stinking bad cinema. A true masterpiece!!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b29af0c) out of 5 stars If you are into this genre, this is a MUST HAVE! (cheap too) Oct. 5 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
Well, it's cheap, cheesy, but a good laugh. I especially liked the
scene with the big bowl of brains -- the "good guy" slurps a spoonful. I assume that since this movie was made in Spain that they are real brains (calves brains?) and not Jello. Yuck.

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