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Not Rated
Copyright 1957 Howco International
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 6 November 1999

The Characters:  

  • Steve - Nuclear scientist who is possessed by an evil entity from the planet Arous.
  • Sally - Steve's fiancee', she's moderately worried about his sudden change.
  • John - Sally's father, um... ...that's about it for him.
  • Vol - The good brain from Arous, he is on Earth to stop Gor at any cost. Takes over the body of a dog.
  • Dan - Steve's assistant and friend, the unhappy recipient of third degree sunburn. (Courtesy of Gor.)
  • Sheriff Pane - (Reggae with me!) Gor microwaved the sheriff, but..., sorry.
  • General Brown - Ranking military officer aboard Indian Springs.
  • Gor - Evil alien power which possesses Steve and really digs this libido thing. Steve finally stomps a hole in his Thalamus.

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The Plot: 

Two brains from outer space land on our planet, one is good, one is bad. Both must possess bodies to accomplish their goals. Who will be taken next? Can Earth survive the massive confrontation of beings from planet Arous?

Actually yes, but only if you can get over transparent brain monsters with glowing eyes.

When Steve and Dan go investigate a strange radiation source on Mystery Mountain they discover Gor. The renegade intelligence has fled to Earth seeking a hiding place. Not welcome on Arous any more, he plans to enslave humanity and build spacecraft to return home and conquer the universe! Gor discovers something else on Earth he likes: Sally. He turns the former gentlemen Steve into a sex-crazed maniac. Unfortunately, the young lady does not like it rough; advances fail past aggressively sticking his tongue in her mouth. (Oh sure, big tough alien power can make planes explode at will, but second base eludes you.)

Sally and dad are a little confused with the change in her fiancee's behavior until Vol shows up. He is a agent from Arous and powerful enough to capture Gor. Only when the criminal takes leave of Steve's body to gather oxygen though. Otherwise Vol would have to kill the possessed man.

Now it is time for math; if the good brain had taken the latter route and Steve died our total body count would be two. (Steve+Dan.) As it happens, they decide to try and save the nuclear scientist. Gor destroys two planes then fries the sheriff and Col Frogley. Final body count? At least forty-two people. So much for benevolent alien powers knowing best. There are plenty of B-movie contrivances (they find a piece of melted metal in a plane wreck and decide no power known to man caused it) and special effects to gawk at.


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Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Geiger counters can pinpoint radioactive sources thirty miles away.
  • When it's hot the temperature is exactly 120 degrees.
  • Making sincere advances of friendship is difficult while holding a rifle at the ready.
  • French kissing causes migraine headaches.
  • Water coolers are not flattering.
  • Anytime you visit a mountain bring two flashlights.
  • Barking dogs ruin the mood during date rapes.
  • If you are an alien space brain, whose sole weakness is being clobbered on the Fissure of Rolando, don't leave axes lying around.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 4 mins - Steve, I'd take that gay hat off.
  • 7 mins - Where did you learn how to drive, one damn mountain in the middle of a desert and you run into it.
  • 11 mins - Why doesn't Steve's sweat patch run under his arm?
  • 23 mins - Doesn't anybody use pronouns around here?
  • 32 mins - Alien brain possessing you? Take two aspirin...
  • 42 mins - Bodies which plummeted several thousand feet from an exploding airliner and struck rocks would be a little more mushy than that.
  • 58 mins - How did they know that wasn't the atomic bomb?


  • Sally: "Oh, I'm beat dad. Whew, it must be 120 out here today."
    Dad: "This is no place to rest, at least there's shade in that cave over there."
  • Gen Brown: "There is absolutely no doubt of your power to destroy. I saw it. I saw an American Colonel killed, burned to a crisp by radiation by one look from this man."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note brainarous1.wav Gor: "I am Gor, I need your body as a dwelling place while I am here on your Earth."
Green Music Note brainarous2.wav Gor: "Your feeling of helplessness is your best friend savage. When I am occupying your body, or in my present transitory form, I without substance am indestructible!"
Green Music Note brainarous3.wav Vol: "You can help me save the Earth from a terrible experience. Yes, the whole Earth."
Green Music Note brainarous4.wav Gen Brown: "You mean to enslave the world?"
Russian Delegate: "Russia would never agree to it!"
Steve: "There's a simple answer to that, there'll be no Russia."

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Video Clipbrainarous1.mpg - 2.3m
Sally is in trouble, but Steve takes this fight to the Fissure of Rolando and wins the day. Hardly a fair match, considering Gor is an inflated prop and big man is using an axe.

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Comments:Write CommentPages: [1] 2 3 4
The Brain from Planet Arous
Reply #1. Posted on November 08, 1999, 02:48:01 PM by Ken Begg
Boy, you can say that again!
The Brain from Planet Arous
Reply #2. Posted on November 12, 1999, 01:16:35 PM by
that movie was so stupid
The Brain from Planet Arous
Reply #3. Posted on February 27, 2000, 01:05:26 PM by Stefan Robak
I saw this movie when it was on Space and I got to say it was a fun film.  Not smart in the least but harmless and fun.  Enjoy.
The Brain from Planet Arous
Reply #4. Posted on August 20, 2000, 12:11:11 AM by Kelly
Did anyone else notice the rubber face mask and the blinking eyes of the supposedly dead (or perhaps comatose??) fella when the girl discovers him in the lab??  It was in the mpeg on this site, the chick backs into him and almost pulls his rubber mask off (you can see it wrinkle up under his chin) and she almost slaps him in the face, making him blink.  We're talking state-of-the-art here...
The Brain from Planet Arous
Reply #5. Posted on August 21, 2000, 10:31:23 AM by His Shadow
I just love that line "You can help me save the Earth from a terrible experience.  Yes, the whole Earth"  It sounds so patronizing.  "Yes, the whole Earth.  Not just part of it.  The whole thing.  Which is better than a mere fraction, etc." Teeheehee!
The Brain from Planet Arous
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by jim
This movie holds a soft spot in my.... well...somewhere lower than the heart. Back in the late 70's I was working as a film editor at a Television station in Mich. and I was lucky enough to edit this movie for air. Well, anyway, whoever ran the movie on that evening screwed up and the last 6 minutes of the movie were not aired. AND WE ACTUALLY GOT CALLS!! So our station director made one of those great executive decisions and we ran the last 6 minutes the next day as part of our evening newscast!
The Brain from Planet Arous
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Macabre Matt
One of the greatest 50's Sci-Fic movies ever made! I love Gor, (the floating brain), I love how Agar distroys the plane by simply staring at it. It's hilarious!!!!!!!!!
The Brain from Planet Arous
Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by The Brain Surgeon
Yes. After analyzing this movie, I discovered that the Bad Brain from Planet Arous definitely had an aneurysm waiting to happen. Given a few more hours, it would have self destructed anyway. None the less, MRI or not, this movie was very intellectual and stimulating. Probably the best movie ever made. But then again, I really enjoyed Fiend Without a Face, Donovan's Brain, and The Brainiac. Oh well, I have to get back to the OR. Take care fellow brain lovers!
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