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Monday, November 26, 2012

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #96!





The Brain from the Planet Arous  (Howco International Pictures, 1957)



This is a goofy and fun sci-fi flick from the heyday of the 1950's (and that planet is pronounced "air'-us", not "arouse"). John Agar is a scientist whose brain is taken over by a malevolent alien. Then his eyes go silver (a really cool effect) and he has powers far beyond those of mortal men.






Return to Horror High  (New World Pictures, 1985)


Here's a strange case - a very silly horror comedy at times very much in the vein of Airplane! or Return of the Killer Tomatoes - and it's fairly obscure, but also somehow believed to be in the public domain and found on scads of cheapie DVDs. It also has a pretty wild cast, including a young "gimme the money" George Clooney - also coincidentally in the Killer Tomatoes sequel!









The Gumball Rally   (Warner Bros, 1976)




Before the actual Cannonball Coast to Coast Race people teamed up with director Hal Needham for the Cannonball Run movies, the basic idea was used for this comedy, with a cool cast. It's barely remembered these days, but my one viewing from back in the day was entertaining, and I'd like to see the movie again to see how it has held up.










Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

9 comments:

  1. i love... vintage art, it is always so inventive... thank you!!

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    1. Thank you for coming by and commenting, R-Z!

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  2. haha, I've seen Arous a long time ago and remember it being pretty silly :)
    Never seen Return To Horror High (but I want to - Clooney!!), but I've seen and quite enjoyed the 70s flick Horror High.

    Oh btw, have you ever seen the unreleased Grizzly II, featuring Clooney, Laura Dern and Charlie Sheen?

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    1. Return to Horror High shouldn't be too hard to find...it isn't connected to the 70's movie though.

      Damn I want to see Grizzly II! Do you have one of those handy dandy links laying around?

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  3. Man, John Agar was in everything back then. I imagine the eyes were a lot harder to do back then. Another great selection of posters Craig

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    1. He did work a lot in the 50's. He also married (and presumably deflowered) Shirley Temple. That guy had a full decade! I would guess the silver eyes were done with painted glass caps - I wouldn't call them contact lenses at their size and clunkiness... but we're talking glass pieces that fit over your entire eyeball - I can't even imagine how uncomfortable they must have been! Thanks for dropping in, Maurice - always a delight to see you!

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  4. John Agar from John Ford Westerns to B movie awesomeness. LOL Brain from Arous is a cheese fest extraordinaire.

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    1. It is indeed - and I always wondered - what's better - being second or third or fourth lead in a bigger picture, or being the top dog in a grade z clunker?

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  5. wasn't return to horror high that weird slasher flick that has nothing to do with the 70's Horror High? Talk about misleading titles. Still, this is coming from a guy who enjoyed the Killer Tomatoes sequel more than the original...

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