|Directed by||Chano Urueta|
The Brainiac (Spanish title: El barón del terror) is a 1962 Mexican horror film directed by Chano Urueta and written by Federico Curiel, Adolfo López Portillo and Antonio Orellana. The film stars Abel Salazar and Germán Robles.
In Mexico City in 1661, Baron Vitelius of Estara is condemned by the Inquisition and sentenced to be burned at the stake. As this sentence is carried out, the Baron promises that he will return with the next passage of a comet (visible over the scene of execution), and slay the descendants of his accusers.
The film then fast-forwards to 1961, where the promised comet does indeed return, carrying with it Baron Vitelius, who takes advantage of his considerable abilities as a sorcerer to carry out his threat: he is able to change at will into the hairy monster of the title in order to suck out the brains of his victims with a long forked tongue; furthermore, he has strong hypnotic capabilities and is able to render his enemies motionless or force them to act against their wills.
The Brainiac's unlikely story logic and creative though unconvincing special effects have made it a favorite of B horror movie aficionados.
In 2012 The Brainiac was re-released by Rifftrax. It included their characteristic humorous narrative dialog as an additional embedded audio track.
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