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The mystery begins near an American Air Force base in Manitoba, where unexplainable deaths are somehow connected to the base's atomic reactor, which is being used to power an experiment in advanced long-distance radar. Thompson (who later starred in the TV series Daktari) plays Major Cummings, who discovers that the lethal monsters--slurping, unseen "mental vampires"--are actually the horrific byproduct of thought-control experiments conducted by hapless, retired professor (echoes of Forbidden Planet's "monster from the Id"). Once visible, the fiendish brains are everywhere, attacking our heroes from every angle (in a scene that may have inspired Night of the Living Dead), and sputtering puddles of blood when riddled by bullets. This climactic scene--a triumph of latex rubber fiends, eerie sound effects, and stop-motion animation--was a gory breakthrough in 1958, and it's still a worthy precursor to every gross-out monster movie that followed in its trendsetting wake. Beware the faceless fiends! --Jeff Shannon
This movie could easily be considered one of the best horror films of the 50's.
The brain creatures attack the people in the house, and pretty soon, bullets are flying, axes are being swung, and brains are being sucked.
The special effects, made with stop-motion photography are well done and the acting is also typical on 50's B horror flicks.
Wow! A terrific French-based classic which, I recall, Billy Idol based his "Eyes Without a Face" lyrics on. It twists and shocks and every moment.Published 23 days ago by SniperX
I had searched for this movie for years because I remember how it had scared me as a youngster. Watching it today makes me realize how far Hollywood has come with special effects,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ted A. Mcelroy
I have found this movie to be one of the best of the sci-fi 50's films. Marshall Thompson who is the lead is very good and this is one to watch on a rainy night. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paul H. May
Really well done 50's horror film all the way around, Special effects were good for 1958.Published 4 months ago by Jeanne L. Clotfelter
One of my all time favorite movies,but I never(or could)shell out the big bucks for the Criterion dvd. The digital download is cheaper. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Randolph O. Saluga
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It's a well-made regular heavy-duty keepcase. Personally, I'm glad it doesn't have a slipcover. The year is now late 2012 and I avoid lenticular and other cardboard slipcovers if possible because it seems the distributors just slip a cardboard slipcover over a keepcase and charge an additional $5... Read More
Dec 9, 2012 by Mark | See all 2 posts