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Not Rated
Copyright 1957 Howco International
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 6 November 1999

The Characters:  

  • Steve - Nuclear scientist who is possessed by an evil entity from the planet Arous.
  • Sally - Steve's fiancee', she's moderately worried about his sudden change.
  • John - Sally's father, um... ...that's about it for him.
  • Vol - The good brain from Arous, he is on Earth to stop Gor at any cost. Takes over the body of a dog.
  • Dan - Steve's assistant and friend, the unhappy recipient of third degree sunburn. (Courtesy of Gor.)
  • Sheriff Pane - (Reggae with me!) Gor microwaved the sheriff, but..., sorry.
  • General Brown - Ranking military officer aboard Indian Springs.
  • Gor - Evil alien power which possesses Steve and really digs this libido thing. Steve finally stomps a hole in his Thalamus.

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The Plot: 

Two brains from outer space land on our planet, one is good, one is bad. Both must possess bodies to accomplish their goals. Who will be taken next? Can Earth survive the massive confrontation of beings from planet Arous?

Actually yes, but only if you can get over transparent brain monsters with glowing eyes.

When Steve and Dan go investigate a strange radiation source on Mystery Mountain they discover Gor. The renegade intelligence has fled to Earth seeking a hiding place. Not welcome on Arous any more, he plans to enslave humanity and build spacecraft to return home and conquer the universe! Gor discovers something else on Earth he likes: Sally. He turns the former gentlemen Steve into a sex-crazed maniac. Unfortunately, the young lady does not like it rough; advances fail past aggressively sticking his tongue in her mouth. (Oh sure, big tough alien power can make planes explode at will, but second base eludes you.)

Sally and dad are a little confused with the change in her fiancee's behavior until Vol shows up. He is a agent from Arous and powerful enough to capture Gor. Only when the criminal takes leave of Steve's body to gather oxygen though. Otherwise Vol would have to kill the possessed man.

Now it is time for math; if the good brain had taken the latter route and Steve died our total body count would be two. (Steve+Dan.) As it happens, they decide to try and save the nuclear scientist. Gor destroys two planes then fries the sheriff and Col Frogley. Final body count? At least forty-two people. So much for benevolent alien powers knowing best. There are plenty of B-movie contrivances (they find a piece of melted metal in a plane wreck and decide no power known to man caused it) and special effects to gawk at.


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Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Geiger counters can pinpoint radioactive sources thirty miles away.
  • When it's hot the temperature is exactly 120 degrees.
  • Making sincere advances of friendship is difficult while holding a rifle at the ready.
  • French kissing causes migraine headaches.
  • Water coolers are not flattering.
  • Anytime you visit a mountain bring two flashlights.
  • Barking dogs ruin the mood during date rapes.
  • If you are an alien space brain, whose sole weakness is being clobbered on the Fissure of Rolando, don't leave axes lying around.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 4 mins - Steve, I'd take that gay hat off.
  • 7 mins - Where did you learn how to drive, one damn mountain in the middle of a desert and you run into it.
  • 11 mins - Why doesn't Steve's sweat patch run under his arm?
  • 23 mins - Doesn't anybody use pronouns around here?
  • 32 mins - Alien brain possessing you? Take two aspirin...
  • 42 mins - Bodies which plummeted several thousand feet from an exploding airliner and struck rocks would be a little more mushy than that.
  • 58 mins - How did they know that wasn't the atomic bomb?


  • Sally: "Oh, I'm beat dad. Whew, it must be 120 out here today."
    Dad: "This is no place to rest, at least there's shade in that cave over there."
  • Gen Brown: "There is absolutely no doubt of your power to destroy. I saw it. I saw an American Colonel killed, burned to a crisp by radiation by one look from this man."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note brainarous1.wav Gor: "I am Gor, I need your body as a dwelling place while I am here on your Earth."
Green Music Note brainarous2.wav Gor: "Your feeling of helplessness is your best friend savage. When I am occupying your body, or in my present transitory form, I without substance am indestructible!"
Green Music Note brainarous3.wav Vol: "You can help me save the Earth from a terrible experience. Yes, the whole Earth."
Green Music Note brainarous4.wav Gen Brown: "You mean to enslave the world?"
Russian Delegate: "Russia would never agree to it!"
Steve: "There's a simple answer to that, there'll be no Russia."

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Video Clipbrainarous1.mpg - 2.3m
Sally is in trouble, but Steve takes this fight to the Fissure of Rolando and wins the day. Hardly a fair match, considering Gor is an inflated prop and big man is using an axe.

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The Brain from Planet Arous
Reply #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Countess Zarina
   Watch for Ken Terrell, who also played Jess the two fisted butler in ATTACK OF THE FIFTY FOOT WOMAN, playing a General in this movie.  Also Thomas B; Henry from EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS is here and is that Mel Welles (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS) playing the Russian delegate?
   Whether he likes it or not this is the mopvie John Agar will always be remembered for (until HAND OF DEATH becomes accessible anyway).  He is really terrific.  Just one thing bothers me, at the end of the movie he axes the evil brain into jello.  Unless there is something left of it to show to the Army asd proof that all this really happened isn't he in deep trouble for blowing up all the stuff and deep frying those people?
   The brain is really good too, thanks to the few scenes where it is not transparent we see that it is really more detailed than just an overinflated balloon painted in day-glo colours.  It had veins on it the really pulsated and looked really decent.  All in all a fun movie.
The Brain from Planet Arous
Reply #10. Posted on July 09, 2005, 06:17:22 AM by Major giggles
Twas a great movie, I only bought it on dvd for a laugh but I was entertained I sold it on ebay after watching it.
The Brain from Planet Arous
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Sue
This is a movie from my past that has actually remained with me since its t.v. premier!  I love this movie, as schlocky as it is... Have you seen the HBO movie 'The Miracle Mile' with Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham? It's been on a few times this month on satellite, and it features (however briefly) an older (70-80's)John Agar, (!!!!!)   and 'The Brain' has been such a memory for me that, when I saw Mare's character's Grandpa smile, I though, omygawd, I know that guy! Other than the fact that I love 'The Miracle Mile', I had to watch the credits to see who it was - - - - (I knew) - - - - JOHN AGAR - - - - that smile is UN-DE-niable! I want to find this movie and buy it for my video collection... and mind you, I DON'T buy VHS tapes. But hey, I'm 49 years old and have enjoyed finding your website and reminiscing about a movie that I have NEVER been able to forget!

kEEP IN TOUCH. Thanks.
The Brain from Planet Arous
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Ron Rinaolo
A real classic. I've watched it dozens of times and it never fails to entertain.  Agar makes the movie.  The special effects are SO bad that I'm not sure whether to laugh or feel sorry for the people responsible for this gem.  One last thing...there is a John Agar website.  It is fairly complete, but somehow fails to mention his role here.  I wonder how much money he made for this.
The Brain from Planet Arous
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by L.E.D.-G
I loved this movie so much I used the "Yes the whole earth" comment for my song, "HELL SCAPER" from Beatmania 5th Mix.
The Brain from Planet Arous
Reply #14. Posted on July 21, 2004, 08:25:53 AM by firebird
One brainless brain movie and its kinda silly as well why would the good brain take over a dog? but i guess the director wasnt using his brain at all
The Brain from Planet Arous
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Aaron Kang
The script must've been written by the evil floating brain himself!

While watching this movie I felt like my own brain was going to explode, for about 6 times. All the characters seem to live in some kind of fantasy world where people encounter giant floating brains and stoned-looking possessed men with superpowers every now and then. No-one shows a smallest sign of disbelief; especially the representatives of the UN must be really busy traveling around the world to negotiate with psychos that release maniac laughter after their every claim.

Fun to watch, but prepare to be stunned by the brains' superpowers, or the plot in general.
The Brain from Planet Arous
Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by piper1fl
Loved finding a site relating to this movie. I have NEVER been able to forget this movie in all my years since I first saw it on Ernie Anderson's GOULARDI show when I was a kid growing up in Akron (cleveland ohio area). John Agar was the best B Movie actor of his time. Thanks for the memories.
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