The Brain Eaters Reviews

  • Feb 20, 2019

    as far as 1958 B movies are good, this is good

    as far as 1958 B movies are good, this is good

  • Dec 08, 2018

    Do you enjoy suffering through bad movies? If so, you'll love this one. It's terrible!

    Do you enjoy suffering through bad movies? If so, you'll love this one. It's terrible!

  • Aug 22, 2014

    A team of local scientists discover alien parasites when they investigate a mysterious, three-story-tall, cone-like object that has appeared outside of town. It becomes obvious that the parasites' first victims, who's minds have been taken over, are the town's leading citizens. "The Brain Eaters" released in 1958 is a classic science fiction story than blends both the other worldly with the creature feature concept that explodes later in Hollywood b-movies. The film stars Edwin Nelson, Alan Frost, and Jack Hill. Written by Gordon Urquhart and directed by Bruno Vestor the film is a cookie cutter format that spawned in the 1950's bringing much of the science fiction short stories to life on the drive in and theater screens across America. "The Brain Eaters" story has been reinterpreted many times over the years. Most notably "Puppet Masters" and "The Faculty". The story is as eerie and classic as "Body Snatchers" and one of the best sci-fi premises to break through the 1950's craze for everything extraterrestrial. I am pretty sure that in this film the parasite invasion which is soon found to be from our own prehistoric beginnings is actually a metaphor for communism fears that ravaged the middle of the 20th century. I don't normally get that deep into a films meaning because for me it takes a lot from the shear enjoyment of the story. "The Brain Eaters" is cut and try in its concept, showing a clear path to the end by exposing the enemy right from the beginning, leaving no real room for suspense or drama. The story moves more like propaganda than fiction thriller. The dialogue is your basic 50's arrogance of American triumphant over any and all threats. However simply from a nostalgic approach to appreciating all that came before "The Brain Eaters" is one of the best examples of Man's fears of the unknown and the growing threat of the new fields of scientific studies. "If we explore to much into our world would we somehow destroy ourselves?" This is still the burning question today, and "The Brain Eaters" is one of the first time we see those questions explored in science fiction writings spawn a b-movie craze that has spanned the decades since.

    A team of local scientists discover alien parasites when they investigate a mysterious, three-story-tall, cone-like object that has appeared outside of town. It becomes obvious that the parasites' first victims, who's minds have been taken over, are the town's leading citizens. "The Brain Eaters" released in 1958 is a classic science fiction story than blends both the other worldly with the creature feature concept that explodes later in Hollywood b-movies. The film stars Edwin Nelson, Alan Frost, and Jack Hill. Written by Gordon Urquhart and directed by Bruno Vestor the film is a cookie cutter format that spawned in the 1950's bringing much of the science fiction short stories to life on the drive in and theater screens across America. "The Brain Eaters" story has been reinterpreted many times over the years. Most notably "Puppet Masters" and "The Faculty". The story is as eerie and classic as "Body Snatchers" and one of the best sci-fi premises to break through the 1950's craze for everything extraterrestrial. I am pretty sure that in this film the parasite invasion which is soon found to be from our own prehistoric beginnings is actually a metaphor for communism fears that ravaged the middle of the 20th century. I don't normally get that deep into a films meaning because for me it takes a lot from the shear enjoyment of the story. "The Brain Eaters" is cut and try in its concept, showing a clear path to the end by exposing the enemy right from the beginning, leaving no real room for suspense or drama. The story moves more like propaganda than fiction thriller. The dialogue is your basic 50's arrogance of American triumphant over any and all threats. However simply from a nostalgic approach to appreciating all that came before "The Brain Eaters" is one of the best examples of Man's fears of the unknown and the growing threat of the new fields of scientific studies. "If we explore to much into our world would we somehow destroy ourselves?" This is still the burning question today, and "The Brain Eaters" is one of the first time we see those questions explored in science fiction writings spawn a b-movie craze that has spanned the decades since.

  • Mar 05, 2013

    OK obvious Invasion Of The Body Snatchers clone. A mysterious space ship appears, bringing with it latching leeches brain controlling anyone that it hosts on to. Some stupid dialogue and acting, along with a so so story, makes for an atypical AIP picture. No eating of brains shown! Cheat!

    OK obvious Invasion Of The Body Snatchers clone. A mysterious space ship appears, bringing with it latching leeches brain controlling anyone that it hosts on to. Some stupid dialogue and acting, along with a so so story, makes for an atypical AIP picture. No eating of brains shown! Cheat!

  • Aug 10, 2012

    A mixed bag of mildly entertaining and dull moments. Leonard Nimoy (surname credited as "Nemoy" here) served as producer and appears as a bearded ancient.

    A mixed bag of mildly entertaining and dull moments. Leonard Nimoy (surname credited as "Nemoy" here) served as producer and appears as a bearded ancient.

  • Dec 28, 2011

    An easy way to eat up an hour. Entertaining but sloppy all-round... though it'd be unfair to not mention that there are actually a few really novel shots (mostly the off-kilter ones).

    An easy way to eat up an hour. Entertaining but sloppy all-round... though it'd be unfair to not mention that there are actually a few really novel shots (mostly the off-kilter ones).

  • Jul 29, 2011

    wow really bad & lame!

    wow really bad & lame!

  • Dec 03, 2010

    For me this is a solid 4-star classic of Science fiction and horror. A solidly made well conceived movie with plenty of twists and turns to catch you off-guard even in this day and age. An excellent film. The reason I did not rate it higher is that the dialog was not up to 5 star quality, nor were production values. But acting was very good, plot was very good. Well worth watching!

    For me this is a solid 4-star classic of Science fiction and horror. A solidly made well conceived movie with plenty of twists and turns to catch you off-guard even in this day and age. An excellent film. The reason I did not rate it higher is that the dialog was not up to 5 star quality, nor were production values. But acting was very good, plot was very good. Well worth watching!

  • Nov 04, 2010

    Your typical super low-budget science fiction/horror movie. A slow build about cops trying to figure out what's happening in their town, as the 'aliens' are moving in.

    Your typical super low-budget science fiction/horror movie. A slow build about cops trying to figure out what's happening in their town, as the 'aliens' are moving in.

  • Oct 24, 2010

    Sci-fi teaches us that Leonard Nimoy is especially vulnerable to alien domination.

    Sci-fi teaches us that Leonard Nimoy is especially vulnerable to alien domination.