Ten cent movies: Evil Brain From Outer Space

A while back, I bought this 50-movie set, Sci-Fi Invasion, for five bucks. That adds up to ten cents per movie. A while back, I wrote about Invaders from Space, which was really two chapters of the Japanese matinee serial Super Giant poorly reedited into a stand-alone movie. Now I’ve come to Evil Brain from Outer Space, another two chapters.

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Here’s what happens: Let’s see if I’ve got this straight. Evil alien warlord Balazar was killed a while ago, but his brain survived as part of a supercomputer. Now, the brain is on Earth, along with Balazar’s followers. Chubby ballet-dancing space hero Starman has been sent to Earth to save the day.

Speculative spectacle: Balazar’s plan involves spreading deadly mutants throughout the world, including an unfortunate fellow with a giant eyeball on its stomach.

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Sleaze factor: Nope. This one was made for the kiddies.

Quantum quotables: “Be wary, one slash of the mutant’s cobalt nails could destroy.” – the narrator decides to speak directly to the hero, for some friendly advice.

What the felgercarb? Starman and his alien foes disappear for huge chunks of the running time, where we instead follow a detective pursuing a bunch of thieves. The narrator tells us the burglars are aliens in disguise, but I don’t know. Was this part of some other movie edited into this one to pad out the runtime?

Microcosmic minutiae: Wikipedia has an entire paragraph devoted to the crotch-stuffing in actor Ken Utsui’s Starman costume. Thanks, internet!

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Worth ten cents? It’s pretty hilarious to see Starman fighting mutants, but the rest of this thing is just dreadfully boring when it could be/should be dreadfully insane.

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About Mac McEntire

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