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Brain from Planet Arous, the

4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Actors: John Agar, Joyce Meadows, Robert Fuller, Thomas Browne Henry, Ken Terrell
  • Directors: Nathan Juran
  • Writers: Ray Buffum
  • Producers: Dale Tate, Jacques R. Marquette, J. Francis White, Joy N. Houck
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 1 2002
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000056NWI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,360 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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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. Quality is very good, but no secret extras. Worth the money, for sure.
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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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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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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 like musical score (it's just plain bouncy), television friendly personalites, a wacky hook, a dog, commerical friendly plot breaks and a standard television fade out at the end - and it all works - as long as you keep one eye closed. Novel in concept and rich in ideas, the film reads so easy, so much so that it feels almost like a missing STAR TREK episode - very entertaining, yet so very odd. There are so many unanswered questions and gaps in logic here that you can't help but look for answers, and since you only have 71 mins to do it in, you have to be quick. How can a man who can destroy whole cities with a thought enjoy hamburgers so much? Questions, questions... THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS is pure entertainment and missed oppurtunites at the same time - worthy for a remake, and also a must for any collector of the style and period - plus a solid buy for the casual viewer.
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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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