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Brainiac: El Baron Del Terror [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Abel Salazar , Ariadna Welter , Chano Urueta    DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Product details

  • Actors: Abel Salazar, Ariadna Welter, David Silva, Germán Robles, Luis Aragón
  • Directors: Chano Urueta
  • Writers: Federico Curiel, Adolfo López Portillo, Antonio Orellana
  • Producers: Abel Salazar
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Casanegra Ent
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000GI3KVM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,204 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Plot holes the size of the Tunguska blast zone 2 Aug 2008
Having a reputation as one of the most 'wacky' films out there, this Mexican B movie follows an odd plot to say the least. It becomes even stranger as no explanations for the crazy things that happen are given (hiding on a comet, turning into a brain munching monster etc.) apart from the revenge vibe that powers the main plot.

Anyway, if you're like me and are more than willing to forgive plot holes the size of the Tunguska blast zone, characters ripped straight from every b movie film ever and some bizarre brain breakfasts then this should be a treat.

There is some nice lighting in places and the performances themselves aren't that shoddy for those who are real Paracinemaphiles. (I couldn't handle the American dubbing though and watched with subtitles, it really got too much for me). Not the craziest thing out there but definitely not boring.

In my opinion, though, if you want really weird try the Boxers Omen. Now that is seriously off the wall.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EL BARON DEL....BRAINS? 2 Sep 2006
By Mark Norvell - Published on
CasaNegra continues it's top-notch quality preservation of old Mexican horror films with "El Baron del Terror" or "Brainiac". The film is absolutely ridiculous, cheaply made but beautifully shot in gorgeous b&w. And it's this wonderful quality that CasaNegra preserves. The print is immaculate, enabling you to see fine details like the unbelievably cheap sets and the unbelievably cheap "comet" that brings our monster "el baron" to earth 300 years after he was burned alive for heresy, debauchery, sorcery and so on. One thing must be said, though, the story is imaginative. But the baron (played by the producer Abel Salazar), in monster form, is one of the screen's most ludicrous looking things I've ever seen. He's hysterical. And likes brains, which we won't get into because he keeps them unrefridgerated and, well, nobody seemed to catch that they would SMELL after a while? Anyway, this is a fun film that's enjoyable to watch in such beautiful, sharp condition and to savor and share with your friends who also might enjoy hoots like this. The dialogue is not to be missed either. Says a detective, "A maniac with knowledge is a threat." Hmmm...guess so. Please enjoy!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain Casserole, Anyone? 28 Aug 2004
By Robert I. Hedges - Published on
This is an amazing film from our friends in Mexico. I give it five stars for hilarity and pompousness in equal combinations. You will be unable to stop rolling your eyes at this film.

The premise is that in 1661 this guy, Baron Vitelius of Astara, was burned as part of the Inquisition in "New Spain" (Mexico), and he vows revenge on the descendents of those who wrongfully executed him in 300 years, when the comet that was overhead at the time of the execution returns. We know he is serious, because he appears to have ill defined magical powers, including the power of invisibility, which for some reason he does not use to escape the fire.

In 1961, right on schedule, the comet returns, the Baron riding along with it, only now he is the Brainiac, a monster who must eat human brains. The comet needs an aside here: never before has a comet looked this hokey in all of film history (you simply must see this for yourself), and secondly, the comet lands (!) by gently dropping to the ground with a thud. It appears to be papier-mache. No smoke, no crater, nothing. Then Brainiac gets out. Amazing.

Brainiac is able to transform himself into a suave Baron who eats brains out of a casserole dish after he removes them (intact, somehow) from his victims skulls using his tubular, bifurcated tongue while in his Brainiac form. After we meet the Brainiac we get to a long monologue that was not dubbed into English, so perhaps it was a great scene, but somehow I doubt it. In the end he succeeds in killing the descendants of his old rivals and meets his own demise, oddly enough through the genius of special effects, in his underwear.

The special effects throughout this film are delightfully bad, and none is worse than the puffy, hyperventilating Brainiac himself with his rubber forked tongue and hairy hooves that he uses like big, hairy tweezers.

This movie is so bad you almost feel sorry for it. It is un-scary and tedious, yet pompous, pretentious, and so badly executed that like a train wreck, it is impossible to look away.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD, Great Classic 18 Sep 2006
By B. Murray - Published on
First of all I would like to mention the quality of the image and sound, is superb. This movie was made in 1962 and you will never notice that, what a great job doing the transfer.

The Villian of the movie get's killed by fire when the movie starts and swears to come back and kill the descendants of those who took his life, and no he is not Freddy Krueger ;)

Two hundred years later he comes back to fulfill his promise. Of course this time he can transform himself into a "horrible" monster, of course is a very cheesy one and it will make you laugh a lot, This classic has all the elements of a fun campy horror movie, cheesy monster and FX's, some bad acting, some not that bad acting and specially "The Look", you will understand it when you watch it :D
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Brainiac" gets its just desserts! 31 Aug 2006
By M. Conklin - Published on
FINALLY, an excellent-quality DVD of this "so-bad-it's-good" Mexican horror film!

Previously available DVDs have been of HORRIBLE quality, so much so as to be nearly unwatchable.

CasaNegra's new release is first-rate. I won't outline the plot here because other reviewers have done it already and probably much better than I could.

In fact, that's one thing that bugs me about many DVD reviews, here and elsewhere; mainly, too much time spent recounting an already-familiar plot and not enough time devoted to commenting on the QUALITY of a particular DVD release. I don't need to hear a synopsis of "Plan 9 From Outer Space" for the millionth time, I want to know how the new, colorized version compares with previous releases on DVD.

Back to the topic at hand. CasaNegra Entertainment scores on all fronts! So far I've purchased all 4 of their releases: "Curse Of The Crying Woman," "The Witch's Mirror," "The Brainiac," and "Black Pit Of Dr. M." I've watched the first three, and they do not disappoint. The source prints are excellent. All include original Spanish soundtracks with optional English subtitles, and optional English-dubbed soundtracks as well as audio commentaries.

The only reasons I didn't give this one 5 stars are:

1.) Given CasaNegra's obvious dedication to this genre, they should have caught the misspelling of "bizarre" as "bizzare" in the "bonus" essay on the film. But given that the author is listed as "Casamiro Buenavista" (if that is indeed the author's real name), one might surmise that the individual is Hispanic, in which case I am virtually certain that his English far surpasses my Spanish, so perhaps I am being too picky on this detail. Still, if I were CasaNegra I would have corrected it.


2.) There is a segment during the dubbed English soundtrack where the dubbing inexplicably disappears and we are left to puzzle over the translation, at least until/unless we turn on the optional English subtitles. This occurs during a couple of the other CasaNegra titles as well.

Come to think of it, that may be a little too picky also.

So, never mind, I'm giving this one five stars! Buy it!

And also check out Ultratumba Productions' model kit, "El Baron Del Terror"! (GOOGLE "Ultratumba Productions" and "El Baron Del Terror.")
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAINIAC 13 Nov 2006
By James S. Williams - Published on
I never thought I would see such a good print of this title. The DVD revolution is fantastic.
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