OK, just so you know, I'm a HUGE fan of both 1950s science-fiction movies, as well as modern-day "homages" or parodies. Also a big fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000; so when I saw the listing for Atomic Brain Invasion, (and subsequently checked out the trailer on YouTube) I got pretty darn excited - it's exactly what it appears to be - a low-budget, but surprisingly well-produced take on those wonderful films of the Fifties. Starting off with a hammy introduction (a la "Plan 9 From Outer Space [Blu-ray]") by an earnest, redundant "scientist" on grainy black and white film, the movie switches to color, and introduces us to all the stock players who populate these kinds of films: the nerdy, intelligent kid; the girl who secretly loves him; the bully/jock (who harbors his own secret passion), the clueless townsfolk, and the HOO-RAH Army General, all of whose lives are altered forever when not one, but TWO alien devices crash to earth. Add to the mix a credible Elvis impersonator (with requisite rock-a-billy musical number thrown in), and you've got a great send-up of every teen monster pic from "The Blob (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" to "Mars Needs Women".
Best of all, the production values (for an independent picture) are surprisingly high - special effects are cheesy but fit the genre; the direction and acting are all as good as you'd find in other, similar pictures (see: The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, The Lost Skeleton Returns Again and Alien Trespass [Blu-ray]), and the actors all play it straight, never devolving into cheap humor or sarcasm. Best of all - it's CLEAN, a few little sexual innuendos here and there, but no language, nudity or overt gore (the cover, showing the head being ripped in half is FAR more explicit than what's in the movie) It's not rated, but I would probably give it a solid PG. Extras are skimpy - just an audio commentary and some trailers that are far more gruesome than what I would've expected for such a family-friendly release. Anyway, if you enjoy this kind of thing, don't hesitate to pick this up, as it's one of the more surprisingly faithful send-ups of the genre to come along.