Brain

THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS. 1958

Director: Nathan Juran

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl



Brain from Planet ArousWhat a wonderfully cheap film. John Agar joins forces with a "good" brain from outer space to defeat the "bad" brain from outer space.

I liked the airplane that exploded in the sky then dangled there on a couple of wires in pieces. I just loved when the floating brain drifted about the room in the climax on obvious shiny wires.

Nathan Juran is by no means talentless, having directed such superb films as First Men in the Moon (1964), 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), & The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958), all with Ray Harryhausen stop-motion FX epitomizing the artform.

Juran is not up to snuff without Harryhausen on board, yet something about The Brain from Planet Arous (1958) works in spite of itself -- like it would've seemed such a super cool scifi film when it was new & first seen in drive-ins.

Although it's laughable today there's still that bit of oomph that makes it an entertaining story plus you get to see all the unclever ways they had of not spending hardly any money to make it.


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