The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)

Article #12 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 3-27-2001
Posting date: 8-10-2001

A man is taken over by an evil brain from outer space, which decides it wants to take over the planet. Fortunately, a good brain from outer space comes on the scene and takes over the man’s dog.

You know, sometimes you can just tell from reading a plot description that you’ve entered a B-Movie pulp paradise. The story sounds laughable, but irresistible, and the movie doesn’t disappoint. It has John Agar in one of his best SF roles; he always seemed to me to be better suited for villains than heros, and this movie gives him a great one, and he looks like he’s having a lot of fun, even if those contacts must have been painful. Credit Nathan Juran for once again having the good sense to know that the best way to handle a story like this is to keep it moving.

SPOILER COMING

One of the questions I’m left with after watching this movie is how John Agar is going to explain all this to the authorities. Though he’s won out against the evil brain, only him and his girlfriend know about it, and the good brain (the only character who could convincingly back up their story) has left for parts unknown. He’s going to have a lot of explaining to do when the police show up!

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