“The Brain From Planet Arous” is one of the campiest, cheesiest, and most entertaining sci-fi films from the 50s. It may be laughable and ludicrous, but its certainly never boring. While not nearly as technically inept as “Robot Monster” or “Plan 9 From Outer Space”, it provides just as many giggles. It deserves it reputation as one of the most beloved pieces of schlock from the decade. This is one of the least serious science fiction films imaginable, using scientific notions as simply an excuse for some on-screen scares. The idea of a giant floating brain from outer space attempting to invade the earth single-handedly is hilarious. Even funnier is how a second, nicer brain is sent to our planet and takes over the mind of a dog to stop this threat!
At the forefront of it all is a memorable performance from John Agar. Hes over-the-top throughout and really makes the film. Whether its attempting to scare a meeting of all the important nations of the world (about seven leaders in a small office building room) or laughing hysterically and gleaming his eyes, Agar is a riot throughout. Hes more than just Shirley Temple’s husband, he a cult legend! Were not talking “2001: A Space Odyssey” here folks. What were talking about is one of the most enjoyable b-sci-fi films of the decade.