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Saturday, July 11, 2015

THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS (1957)

Ludicrous, yet not despicable, this Grade-Z Sci-Fi thriller looks as if some local industrial film outfit made a feature film on a dare. Cultists will be pleased to see it out on a decent looking edition from IMAGE DVD. (Mastered in Full Frame, it probably was cropped to 1.85:1 for most showings, so feel free to bump it up a notch, just don’t use the 16x9 setting.) It might well have been titled TWO BRAINS FROM PLANET AROUS(E) since atomic researcher John Agar turns power mad and crazy horny when possessed by one of two disembodied brains from outer space. He got trapped by the ‘bad’ brain, but there’s another one floating around, a ‘good’ one who finds Agar’s pretty fiancé (Joyce Meadows) and promptly takes possession of . . . her dog! With an intriguingly odd score from Walter Greene and lots of embarrassingly ill-timed attacks of hyper male libido (the kiddie matinee boys must have squealed at every kiss) the usual control-the-universe storyline is really a fake out to a big wet hormonal attack from beyond our planet. Improved title: HORMONAL ATTACK FROM OUTER SPACE!! Note that BRAIN was the Main Attraction over TEENAGE MONSTER/’58 on our Double-Bill poster.

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