THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS (1957) Reviews and overview

 

‘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 written by Ray Buffum (Teenage Monster). The Howco International production stars John Agar, Joyce Meadows and Robert Fuller. Produced by Jacques R. Marquette (Attack of the 50 Foot WomanTeenage Monster; Teenage Thunder).

The soundtrack score was composed by Walter Greene (War of the Satellites; Teenage Monster; Teenage Doll and masses of Pink Panther animated shorts)

Plot:

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…

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Reviews:

“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.” 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.” 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

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Cast and characters:

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

Filming locations:

Bronson Canyon, Los Angeles, California

Technical details:

71 minutes
Black and white
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1
Audio: Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

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