Attack of the Giant Brain Sucker Monster from Outer Space

Attack of the Giant Brain Sucker Monster from Outer Space [aka L’attaque du monstre géant suceur de cerveaux de l’espace] (France-2012; short [c. 18 min.]; dir. Guillaume Rieu) is a sci-fi comedy musical featuring the old-school monster-film aesthetic that warms the hearts (and sucks the brains) of B-film fans everywhere. Here, the impetus comes from France, so a whole other aesthetic gets woven into the mix.

“I wanted to make a movie with a lot of old special effects because I love that stuff,” explained writer/director Guillaume Rieu. “And I love monsters, and I love science fiction. So I wrote a story with a monster that comes and eats people or turns them into zombies. But except for the fun and the special effects, the film has no hidden depth. It is just a simple homage to old science fiction movies. So to justify this referencing, I added the opposite genre — the coloured French musical part.