Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Barón del terror, El (1961)

...aka: Baron of Terror, The
...aka: Brainiac, The

Directed by:
Abel Salazar

A sorcerer is burned at the stake way back in 1661, vowing revenge on the descendants of the executioners. "300 years later" he returns to Earth via a comet and goes on a killing spree, mutating into a beast from time to time with a long forked tongue that he uses to suck the brains out of his living victims. He also keeps a bowl full of human brains locked up in a chest for easy access. Some of the more colorful victims include a hooker and a horny chick who tries to pick up The Brainiac at a bar. I mean, what true-blooded woman could resist a monster with a foot long tongue? This silly b/w import (with awful dubbing) is one of the more famous Mexican productions from this era (at least here in America), but it's not one of the best.


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