Plot: What’s it about?
Just when you think the good life has started, a massive brain floats into town and ruins all your plans. This brain is Gor, from the planet Arous and he is as mean as they come, hell bent on taking over the world as soon as possible. But since he is a big brain with eyes, he needs a human host and he finds one in Steve March (John Agar), a scientist. Gor then uses his new human form to start his plan in action, which starts with him using his powers to gain control over leaders. When Russia refuses to agree to his demands, he insists then that he will destroy Russia and since he has the power, that is just what could happen. But all is not lost, as a good brain named Val has also arrived on the scene, with intentions to foil Gor’s evil plans. Val uses March’s future wife as a vessel, to inform her of the weak spots and vulnerable times to attack Gor. Can Val manage to thwart Gor’s efforts, or will the world be forced to kneel at his brainstem?
I tried to give this movie a bad review, but a massive brain with eyes stalked me and then brainwashed me into a positive review. After a battle with an ax as my only weapon, I fended off the brain and managed to return to my original plans, stating this is a bad movie. But come on, you knew that from one glance at the case, right? A low rent 1950s science-fiction flick with a giant brain with peepers, this had to be bad…but I loved it. Call me a sucker, but I like this floating brain a lot and I mean, the damn thing has eyes, what more can you people want? Ok, so the storyline is camp, the acting is bad, and at best the special effects are decent, but come on, this brain is too cool for words. Some movies are saved by beautiful women, some thanks to bloodshed, and this one, thanks to a huge brain with mean eyes. I guess I have a soft spot for brains on the warpath, but I liked this one and would recommend it to other B movie fans also. Oh no, here comes that darn brain again, where’d I put that axe?
The real star of The Brain From Planet Arous is the mean old brain with eyes, but I suppose his performance is rather wooden, aside from his basic eerie nature. But the live actors here don’t offer much more, although John Agar’s madman of a turn is worth a mention. He is usually under the control of Mr. Brain, so he has a possessed persona and his eyes, very cool indeed. I admit his work here is by no means excellent, but given the nature of this picture, I’d say Agar does very well with this material. Even uberdork Leonard Maltin praises Agar’s work under the circumstances, so you know he must be at least decent. Other films with Agar include Attack of the Puppet People, Daughter of Dr. Jekyll, Invisible Invaders, Revenge of the Creature, Curse of the Swamp Creature, and The Mole People. The cast also includes Thomas B. Henry (Law and Order, Sitting Bull), Robert Fuller (The Hard Ride, Friendly Persuasion), Ken Terrell (Sword of Venus, Short Cut To Hell), and Joyce Meadows (I Saw What You Did, Bad Influence).
Video: How does it look?
The Brain From Planet Arous is presented in a full frame transfer, which seems to be an acceptable form. I was pleased with this transfer, as the print used looks clean enough and the image seems quite well detailed. I still saw some nicks at times, but nothing too extreme and I think this is the finest edition of the film to hit home video. The contrast is well balanced at all times, which ensures the black & image visuals seem crisp and always effective. A few small issues surface to lessen the score a little, but I still think this is a terrific transfer.
Audio: How does it sound?
This one has some cool brains with eyes, but not much in terms of dynamic audio. The included mono option seems up to task most of the time, with minimal age related issues to discuss. A few small instances of distortion can be detected, but again, nothing to be concerned with. The silly sound effects come through without much trouble, as does the nice musical score, although not as full as I’ve become used to. I heard no flaws with the vocals either, as dialogue is sharp and always at a proper volume. This won’t blow out the speakers, but the brains have never sounded so sweet.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer.