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The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)




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A gigantic brain from outer space lands on Earth and inhabits the body of an important scientist as the first step towards world domination. This campy sci-fi cheapie centers on the brain's battle against a good extraterrestrial out to foil his efforts, who inhabits the body of the scientist's dog.


John Agar
as Steve March
Robert Fuller
as Dan Murphy
Joyce Meadows
as Sally Fallon
Henry Travis
as Col. Grogley
Ken Terrell
as Colonel
Tim Graham
as Sheriff Paine
E. Leslie Thomas
as Gen. Brown
Bill Giorgio
as Russian
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Critic Reviews for The Brain from Planet Arous

All Critics (6)

A bad film that is good because it's so silly and humorously inept.

Full Review… | June 30, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gak! Sci-fi '50s style--which means low budget, slick. But still fun for fans of such.

April 23, 2007

Classically campy 50s sci-fi.

November 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not much of a brain if it lets John Agar defeat it.

October 17, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for The Brain from Planet Arous

Perverted alien brains, Vol and Gor (Volgor? Vuglar?) from Planet Arous (Planet Arouse?) come to Earth. Gor comes to Earth first and possesses the body of Steve March. He than uses his crazy destructive powers to hold the world at his mercy. He is also very sex crazed and tries numerous times to rape Steve March's girlfriend, Its kinda weird. Hope comes in the form of the next brain, Vol, who shows up talking about Gor being a wanted criminal on his planet. Vol possesses a white German Shepard and tries to stop Gor... but he actually doesn't do much and its Steve who finally stops Gor with an axe to the... well the brain of Gor. This was one of the first requests that I took from a reader and while it was a very fun watch to see with friends. It was a very forgettable movie that I wouldn't really recommend to anyone. I guess the movie had its moments, there were some really cool effects with some crazy contacts that Steve March had in when he went Nuclear. Other than that this movie is an easy laugh off... Its also not scary in anyway and the villain and hero are stupid. Its to be expected though, in the 50's there are a large number of crappy horror movies that I am going to have to wade my way through. Lets see... Cool things about this movie? Well it was filmed at Bronson Canyon in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. I went hiking there and it is beautiful, but you cant really throw a rock in Hollywood without hitting a movie that was filmed there. The movie is in English and it was filmed in America if that makes a difference to you. It has a run time of 71 minuets and is entirely in black and white. It was probably made on an incredibly small budget as well. You can find this movie on and you can rent it there too... I will include a link at the bottom of this article. I am giving The Brain from Planet Arous a 2 out of 10 for at least trying to be entertaining. It made me chuckle in a few parts, and the sex starved floating brain with eyes is hilarious! S!D

Brandon Siddall
Brandon Siddall

Agar's alien-brain-possessed mad scientist is the best psychotic megalomaniac that never appeared in a James Bond movie.

Tony  Kay
Tony Kay

Finally saw THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS! What a great, goofy movie this is. I'm wavering between rating it a 6 & 7 (don't care for this system), but the 7 wins out. It's a bad movie, but I loved it. It could have had more monstrous menace to it, but John Agar was excellent and probably the best I've ever seen him. His girlfriend is a little hottie with a great body and she's a blast, too. The funny thing, among many funny things about this movie, is how horny the alien brain is that possesses Agar's character! He rips the dress half-way off his fiancee' and kisses her in a way he never has before! Woo hoo! It's screamingly funny, and it seems like the writers meant it to be that way. The Bad Brain is being followed by a Good Brain from the same planet, and this Good Brain, with permission from the owner, possesses the body of Agar's dog to keep tabs on the Bad Brain! Damn this is good stuff. One of Agar's best lines comes during an argument with his girlfriend -- "DON'T 'EXPERT' ME!", he yells at her. This is classic '50s sci-fi schlock and very enjoyable drive-in fodder from a by-gone age. From the Wade Williams dvd 2-pack with MONSTER AND THE BEACH GIRLS, it includes the theatrical trailer and nice art work.

Dr. Jitters
Dr. Jitters

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