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Brainiac (El Barón del Terror) (1963)

Abel Salazar , Ariadna Welter , Chano Urueta  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Abel Salazar, Ariadna Welter, David Silva, Germán Robles, Luis Aragón
  • Directors: Chano Urueta
  • Writers: Federico Curiel, Adolfo López Portillo, Antonio Orellana
  • Producers: Abel Salazar
  • Format: Black & White, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Casanegra
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GI3KVM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brainiac (El Barón del Terror)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Remastered from original vault elements
  • Commentary by Kirb Pheeler
  • The Brainiac Interactive Digital Press Kit
  • Essay by Casamiro Buenavista
  • U.S. radio spot
  • Still and poster gallery
  • Cast bios
  • Exclusive collectible card

Editorial Reviews

AKA El Barón del Terror. The year is 1661. Baron Vitelius (Abel Salazar) stands accused of consorting with the devil. The penalty: death. Cursing his inquisitors as they burn him at the stake, the Baron’s revenge comes 300 years later, in the form of a horrifying fork-tongued incarnation of the Baron, hellbent on devouring the brains of the descendents of those who killed him. As bodies pile up, the police become mystified. Who is draining the skulls of local call-girls and well-to-do banquet-goers alike? And, more importantly, how many flamethrowers will it take to stop him? Brainiac is the supernatural cult classic that has been beloved for decades by fans of spook-show matinees and late-night monster movie marathons.

Famously imported to the U.S. by exploitation icon K. Gordon Murray in the 1960s, Brainiac is at once lurid and loony, unnerving and uproarious, spellbinding and surreal.

CasaNegra is proud to present this milestone of Mexican cinema digitally remastered and uncut for the first time on DVD.
Special Features:
• Original Uncut Version
• Completely Re-Mastered Picture & Sound from Newly Restored Vault Elements
• Bilingual Menus in English & Spanish
• Essay: Keep Repeating, It’s only the Most Bizzare Horror Film Ever Made. By Casamiro Buenavista
• The Official Brainiac "Interactive" Press Kit
• Audio Commentary by Kirb Pheeler, Creator of the Brainiac Interactive Press Kit
• Original 1969 U.S. Theatrical Release Radio Spot
• Exclusive CasaNegra Loteria Card Game
• Cast and Crew Biographies
•Poster & Stills Gallery

Customer Reviews

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EL BARON DEL....BRAINS? September 1, 2006
CasaNegra continues it's top-notch quality preservation of old Mexican horror films with "El Baron del Terror" or "Brainiac". The film is absolutely ridiculous, cheaply made but beautifully shot in gorgeous b&w. And it's this wonderful quality that CasaNegra preserves. The print is immaculate, enabling you to see fine details like the unbelievably cheap sets and the unbelievably cheap "comet" that brings our monster "el baron" to earth 300 years after he was burned alive for heresy, debauchery, sorcery and so on. One thing must be said, though, the story is imaginative. But the baron (played by the producer Abel Salazar), in monster form, is one of the screen's most ludicrous looking things I've ever seen. He's hysterical. And likes brains, which we won't get into because he keeps them unrefridgerated and, well, nobody seemed to catch that they would SMELL after a while? Anyway, this is a fun film that's enjoyable to watch in such beautiful, sharp condition and to savor and share with your friends who also might enjoy hoots like this. The dialogue is not to be missed either. Says a detective, "A maniac with knowledge is a threat." Hmmm...guess so. Please enjoy!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain Casserole, Anyone? August 28, 2004
This is an amazing film from our friends in Mexico. I give it five stars for hilarity and pompousness in equal combinations. You will be unable to stop rolling your eyes at this film.

The premise is that in 1661 this guy, Baron Vitelius of Astara, was burned as part of the Inquisition in "New Spain" (Mexico), and he vows revenge on the descendents of those who wrongfully executed him in 300 years, when the comet that was overhead at the time of the execution returns. We know he is serious, because he appears to have ill defined magical powers, including the power of invisibility, which for some reason he does not use to escape the fire.

In 1961, right on schedule, the comet returns, the Baron riding along with it, only now he is the Brainiac, a monster who must eat human brains. The comet needs an aside here: never before has a comet looked this hokey in all of film history (you simply must see this for yourself), and secondly, the comet lands (!) by gently dropping to the ground with a thud. It appears to be papier-mache. No smoke, no crater, nothing. Then Brainiac gets out. Amazing.

Brainiac is able to transform himself into a suave Baron who eats brains out of a casserole dish after he removes them (intact, somehow) from his victims skulls using his tubular, bifurcated tongue while in his Brainiac form. After we meet the Brainiac we get to a long monologue that was not dubbed into English, so perhaps it was a great scene, but somehow I doubt it. In the end he succeeds in killing the descendants of his old rivals and meets his own demise, oddly enough through the genius of special effects, in his underwear.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD, Great Classic September 18, 2006
First of all I would like to mention the quality of the image and sound, is superb. This movie was made in 1962 and you will never notice that, what a great job doing the transfer.

The Villian of the movie get's killed by fire when the movie starts and swears to come back and kill the descendants of those who took his life, and no he is not Freddy Krueger ;)

Two hundred years later he comes back to fulfill his promise. Of course this time he can transform himself into a "horrible" monster, of course is a very cheesy one and it will make you laugh a lot, This classic has all the elements of a fun campy horror movie, cheesy monster and FX's, some bad acting, some not that bad acting and specially "The Look", you will understand it when you watch it :D
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Brainiac" gets its just desserts! August 31, 2006
FINALLY, an excellent-quality DVD of this "so-bad-it's-good" Mexican horror film!

Previously available DVDs have been of HORRIBLE quality, so much so as to be nearly unwatchable.

CasaNegra's new release is first-rate. I won't outline the plot here because other reviewers have done it already and probably much better than I could.

In fact, that's one thing that bugs me about many DVD reviews, here and elsewhere; mainly, too much time spent recounting an already-familiar plot and not enough time devoted to commenting on the QUALITY of a particular DVD release. I don't need to hear a synopsis of "Plan 9 From Outer Space" for the millionth time, I want to know how the new, colorized version compares with previous releases on DVD.

Back to the topic at hand. CasaNegra Entertainment scores on all fronts! So far I've purchased all 4 of their releases: "Curse Of The Crying Woman," "The Witch's Mirror," "The Brainiac," and "Black Pit Of Dr. M." I've watched the first three, and they do not disappoint. The source prints are excellent. All include original Spanish soundtracks with optional English subtitles, and optional English-dubbed soundtracks as well as audio commentaries.

The only reasons I didn't give this one 5 stars are:

1.) Given CasaNegra's obvious dedication to this genre, they should have caught the misspelling of "bizarre" as "bizzare" in the "bonus" essay on the film. But given that the author is listed as "Casamiro Buenavista" (if that is indeed the author's real name), one might surmise that the individual is Hispanic, in which case I am virtually certain that his English far surpasses my Spanish, so perhaps I am being too picky on this detail. Still, if I were CasaNegra I would have corrected it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mosquito mouthed people
I saw this as a kid on a Spanish TV network. I watched the whole thing not understanding Spanish very well but still getting the basic gist of an evil warlock who comes to 50s... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This took me back
I remember this movie from when I was a kid and had been looking for it and found it on Amazon.
Published 3 months ago by Debra A. Gill
4.0 out of 5 stars I purchased the DVD and was not disappointed. Good fun
Haven't seen this film in twenty-five years. It played on the USA Network on Commander USA's show. Anybody remember that one? Anyhow, I purchased the DVD and was not disappointed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Janet the Wicked
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD release from Casa Negra
For horror buffs like me and fans of obscure gems such as this Mexican import I've got to say this - buy it! The price is worth it just for the bonus materials and packaging. Read more
Published 13 months ago by MarloweMaginty
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Masterpiece!...
BRAINIAC is the Mexican classic from the 50s. The creature consists of some poor guy in a rubber mask and rubber claw-gloves! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars It Came From South of the Border!
There's such a thing as a good schlock movie. It's one that is true to its own loopy logic, like a Bugs Bunny cartoon, and has production values just high enough to maintain some... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mark McGovern
5.0 out of 5 stars LET THE FACE-PULSING BEGIN! (taken from another site)
(Original title: El Baron del Terror) This low-budget Mexi-flick still isn't well-known in the "B" community, even after Sandra Bernard gave it the Reel Wild Cinema treatment - but... Read more
Published on June 30, 2012 by TexFX
5.0 out of 5 stars casanegra come back!!
it's a dirty shane casanegra entertainment is no longer making these great mexican horror films on dvd.they were a great company who restored these movies to near perfection. Read more
Published on April 15, 2009 by bill renek
5.0 out of 5 stars DEL HORROR....IN CAIBASA
I can do humor in my HORROR. If not,I'd be missing out
on such films like RE-ANIMATOR-EVIL DEAD-DEAD ALIVE and
Published on October 25, 2007 by CLINT BRONSON
3.0 out of 5 stars Make Me Watch The Rubber Tongue When It Comes Out
The Brainiac is a movie so silly that Frank Zappa had to make references to it in one of his songs! And silly it is, in a kind of Mexican Plan 9 sort of way. Read more
Published on March 6, 2007 by Stanley Runk
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