Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Day 7: The Brainiac (1962) 1h 17m
Tagged as "the most bizarre horror movie," 1962's The Brainiac is a Mexican masterpiece of b-movies. This film needs to put on a Luchador mask and become a folk hero for a small village. It's that kind of movie.
We kick things off on 1661 (or IGGI as the choice of typeface for this info was butt). A man is being tried for heresy, necromancy, and all the other things that good metal albums are written about. While laughing off the list of tortures they attempted on him, his hooded judges eventually send him to be burned at the stake. Before he gets lit up we get to look at a blurry painting of what a five-year-old thinks a comet looks like, over and over again. He then says that in 300 years he will return to kill the ancestors of the judges and proceeds to call out each of their names, even though their identities are hidden. From there it's a tiny model of a bonfire that is really close to the camera while the rest of the people are in the background.
Fast forward those 300 years, because fuck history of anything, and another comet is seen in the sky. A professor and some amateur astronomers look through a super powered telescope to find it. Then the amateurs go outside with what might as well be a paper towel roll and see the comet ten times as big over the city! The comet becomes a foam stone on a string and gently sets down outside the city before transforming into a space monster. Why a space monster? I don't know. Maybe our crispy strip from the past was into the X-files.
So he eats part of a guys brain with a snake tongue to the back of the neck, and then turns into a Mexican man. I feel like this is how certain political candidates see the Mexican people. You know who I'm talking about. Eh! EH!
The rest of the movie is a series of awkward transformations and poorly executed Dracula eye lighting. On top of that, probably 75% of scenes are someone walking toward a photo backdrop. He also just has a bowl of brains he occasionally eats out of and hides it in the worst places ever! I don't really get how his powers work either. It might be hypnotizing but it might be some alien power, maybe it's the CIA, I have no clue. There is a train of revenge murders and some bootleg proton packs that are apparently flame throwers and that's the end of our moon necromancer from the year IGGI!
I love bad horror movies, so if I were going to give this a rating as far as the artistic merit and storytelling, then it would be a fat round zero. However, I give this a rating based on what I thought of it...
I give The Brainiac a solid 3 tin foil hats out of 5: