Sunday, October 11, 2015

31 Days of Halloween - Day 11 - Movie 2

People are mysteriously dying near a new military base, their brains and spines sucks out of them. Of course the locals suspect the military, but the base commander searches for another cause. He discovers a local scientist whose experiments with telekinesis have given form to invisible brain creatures, their power increased by the base's nuclear power plant.

I was surprised to discover that I had not covered Fiend Without a Face (1958) in a previous countdown. This movie is a gem. The creatures, invisible for most of the movie are made threatening by the sounds that accompany their presence just before their violent attacks. The attacks themselves are pretty potent, too, especially the one that fails to kill a local constable who returns a gibbering idiot in the film's most unsettling moment. Once the brain creatures finally can be seen in their stop motion glory, they are not in any way a let down. The creatures look like brain's with snail-like stalks and nerve tendrils who scoot around using their spines, and launch themselves through the air onto their victims like the face huggers from Alien (1979). They launch a massive attack against the humans leading to a grisly climax.

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