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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 special effects, made with stop-motion photography are well done and the acting is also typical on 50's B horror flicks.
That is all you have to tell people for them to go, "Oh, yes! That movie! I remember that movie!"
This movie is one of the best of the 50's creature-runs-amok films and is especially good in that it's a Criterion release. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Jammitol
The high rating is purely from nostalgia. I saw this movie for the first time in 1961 at an all-night party with a bunch of friends. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Curtis W. Bobbitt
Fun movie to watch in the afternoon or a rainy day. Something that is just simple to enjoy.Published 1 month ago by William P. meredith
I love classic horror films, but this movie just didn't deliver. Only five or so minutes of this movie are worth watching, and I hardly ever find myself saying that sort of thing... Read morePublished 3 months ago by DarkKnight22
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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