THE BRAINIAC (el baron del terror) (1961 MEXICO) D: CHANO URUETA W: FEDERICO CURIEL/ANTONIO ORELLANA/ALFREDO TORRES PORTILLO P: ABEL SALAZAR
Of all the many Mexican gems that K. Gordon Murray released in English language dubs, this is probably the most interesting. In 1661 a Baron (Producer Salazar) is tried by a grand inquisition for witchcraft and burnt at the stake. Before he dies he curses the townsfolk and vows to return in 300 years. It's 1961 and a comet lands and the Baron emerges from the crater. He has a pulsating head, weird looking pincer hands and a long tongue that sucks out his victims' brains (or "sopholic matter"). He can change his identity to his first kill at will, can disappear and reappear and a light shines on his face when he hypnotises people. He keeps brains in a casket and in one surprising scene eats some with a spoon! The heroes are a couple of young astronomers in love. The cops don't have a clue. The anti-climatic ending and terrible dubbing brings it down a few notches, but don't neglect yourself the pleasure of this atmospheric b/w oddity. With Adriadna Welter, Rene Cardona, Ruben Rojo, Luis Aragon, Victor Valezquez, Ofelia Guilmain, David Silva, German Robles, Mauricio Garces, Curiel, Carlos Nieta and Francisco Regiuera. There used to be a good band from Dayton, Ohio called Brainiac.

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