In 1661 Mexico, the Baron Vitelius of Astara is sentenced to be burned alive by the Holy Inquisition of Mexico for witchcraft, necromancy, and other crimes. As he dies, the Baron swears vengeance against the descendants of the Inquisitors.
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In the history of bizarre ugly-ass movie monsters, the Baron Vistelius of Astara is certainly one of the most memorable. Sadly, his glory is marred by what turns out to be a rather repetitive movie. Full Review: http://cinephiledreams.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-brainiac-1962.html
A satire of 1950's from space-flicks and Black Sunday. Handles the story in a quasi-serious way, yet the absurdity of the creature/plot shows it's fun and campy, not meant to be scary. Urueta had a straight horror film that also homaged past films in The Witch's Mirror the same year, while Salazar's other mex-horrors are very gothic, so it's best taken as a repetitive and nonsensical, if misunderstood, satire.
Unquestionably one of the best worst movies ever made. Non-stop fun from the opening reading of the charges scene to the finale, where the police come to the rescue carrying...well, I won't spoil it for you if you haven't seen it, and see it you should.
Just to note: fellow monster kids brought up on '70s and '80s American late night TV will probably more readily recognize this by its more common TV title, THE BRAINIAC, which is usually how it was listed in TV guides back then. Truly terrible movie--but in a totally awesome way (like MANOS, etc). :D