The Brain from Planet Arous – USA, 1957 – reviews


‘It’s becoming an obsession. All this power and money. Who needs it?’

The Brain from Planet Arous is a 1957 American science fiction horror film directed by Nathan Juran [as Nathan Hertz] (The Boy Who Cried Werewolf; 20 Million Miles to Earth; The Deadly Mantis) from a screenplay by Ray Buffum (Teenage Monster). The Howco International production stars John Agar, Joyce Meadows and Robert Fuller.

An outer space terrorist from a planet named Arous – a brain-shaped creature named Gor – arrives on Earth and possesses young scientist Steve March.

Gor proceeds to use his vast, destructive powers to bend the world to his will, threatening to wipe out the capital city of any nation that defies him.

Meanwhile, another brain from Arous – named Vol – arrives on Earth and eventually inhabits the body of March’s fiancee’s dog. Vol explains that Gor is a wanted criminal on their world. Gor’s only weakness is the Fissure of Rolando and he is only vulnerable during one brief period when he needs to exit his host to absorb oxygen…


Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Nowhere else have I seen Agar give such a gleefully unrestrained performance. Watching him as the possessed Steve March, blustering at a roomful of generals or feeling up Joyce Meadows like there’s no tomorrow, you get the feeling that Agar had never had so much fun on a movie set in his life.” Scott Ashlin, 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting

“Look, the plot is not important. What is important is that this film features two giant brains floating around and arguing. It also features an adorable dog and some atomic weapon testing stock footage. It’s not good but it’s a lot of fun.” Lisa Marie Bowman, Through the Shattered Lens

“The reason Arous stands apart from the Ed Woods is its smart script and its earnest playing. The writing and production knows the whole enterprise is ridiculous, but refuses to surrender. Meadows and Agar go at their noble profession even when swinging axes at Gor’s ‘fissure of Rolando’, as if the inflated-looking brain were a party Piñata.” Glenn Erickson, DVD Talk

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“Nathan Juran directs with admirable briskness (one shot of Agar through a water cooler is especially inspired) and the film is amusingly daft, with a hilarious final line.” Graeme Clark, The Spinning Image

“Energetic hokum with poor special effects.” Alan Frank, The Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Handbook, Batsford, 1982

Cast and characters:

  • John Agar as Steve March
  • Joyce Meadows as Sally Fallon
  • Robert Fuller as Dan Murphy
  • Thomas B. Henry as John Fallon
  • Kenneth Terrell as Colonel in Conference Room
  • Henry Travis as Colonel Frogley
  • E. Leslie Thomas as General Brown
  • Tim Graham as Sheriff Wiley Pane
  • Bill Giorgio as Russian
  • Kenner G. Kemp as Military Man at Meeting
  • Dale Tate as Professor/Voices of Gor and Vol [uncredited]



Filming locations:

Bronson Canyon, Los Angeles, California

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3 Comments on “The Brain from Planet Arous – USA, 1957 – reviews”

  1. Howdy Film Buffs,

    Yup, it is a low budget film.
    But, it is fun.
    Bad brain takes over Agar, he does the Looney Tune act well.
    Good brain takes over dog.
    In spite of stock atomic testing footage, dog saves the day.
    What more can you ask for?
    By the way, be careful with that axe, you might hurt someone.


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