The Brainiac (El barón del terror)

October 27, 2015 at 2:31 am (3 Heads, Brainiac, The) (, , , , )

The Brainiac – 1962 – Mexico

Mexico City 1661, a sorcerous baron is burned alive by the Inquisition. As a comet flies past, he curses those who condemned him. When the comet returns in three hundred years, the baron will have his revenge. In 1961, the comet lands in Mexico City. The baron steps out to begin a murderous campaign on the inquisitors’ descendents. He uses magic to turn invisible and hypnotically seduce ladies. Also, for some reason, he transforms into a hairy bat-like monster with a bulging head. With his forked prehensile tongue, he drills through his victims’ skulls and sucks out their brains.

The Brainiac is bad all around. Its premise is unoriginal. Its plot defies logic. It is cheap. And, most damningly, it is boring. The film is comprised of slow scenes where the characters talk through the predictable plot. Occasionally the baron prowls around the empty-looking sets, seducing women with his wide-eyed glare, and transforming into a monster to eat their brains. Eventually, the police catch the baron and barbecue him with flamethrowers. This is the film’s best moment.

Rating: 3/10 Shrunken Heads. In one scene, a character eats brain tacos at a restaurant. I once tried to order those, but the waitress said they were out. I would still like to try them.

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