The Brain from Planet Arous is a 1957 science-fiction film that features the theme of alien possession.
An outer-space terrorist from a planet named Arous - a brain-shaped creature named Gor - arrives on Earth and possesses young scientist Steve March. Gor then proceeds to use his vast, destructive powers to bend the world to his will, threatening to wipe out the capital city of any nation that defies him.
Meanwhile, another brain from Arous - named Vol - arrives on Earth and eventually inhabits the body of March's fiancee's dog. Vol explains that Gor is a wanted criminal on their world. Gor's only weakness is the Fissure of Rolando and he is only vulnerable during one brief period when he needs to exit his host to absorb oxygen.
The effect on Agar's eyes was achieved using special contact lenses lined with metal foil. This effect was later used on actor Gary Lockwood for the second Star Trek pilot episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before".
Stock footage of test houses being flash incinerated in A-bomb tests was used to show Gor's psychic powers.
The film script follows a plot line, (Interstellar Policeman pursuing a dangerous space faring criminal, and both having to slip into and possess the bodies of native life forms) fairly similar to the classic Science Fiction story Needle written by Hal Clement and published in Astounding Science Fiction in 1949. The 1987 film The Hidden also shares similar elements.
This film was shown as a double-feature with Teenage Monster from 1958 onwards.
Although its C-Movie status gave it poor reviews upon its release, the film has since become a cult sci-fi classic, and has been parodied on many TV shows. One notable reference is the American TV show Malcolm in the Middle, which uses a segment of The Brain from Planet Arous as part of the opening credits. A clip was also used in the opening scene of Ernest Scared Stupid, as part of a collage of horror films. The film was also featured in The Butcher Boy, which is viewed by the main character at his local cinema.
A voice clip from the film was used in the Frank Klepacki track "Brain Freeze," and "Drok" as part of the Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge soundtrack. The same voice clip was used in the credits track of the film House of the Dead 2. A clip from the film was also used in a TV Guide ad in 1991, which asked, "Were you watching this when the Beverly Hills 90210 Christmas special aired?", prompting multiple viewers to respond that Brain from the Planet Arous was the better choice.
The electronic musician Deadmau5 used the following voice sample from the film in his track "Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff" from the album For Lack of a Better Name:
After I'm gone, your earth will be free to live out its miserable span of existence, as one of my satellites, and that's how it's going to be...
This sample was used by DJ Buzz Fuzz in the track Jealousy (Is A M.F.) in 1997. This same sample has also been used by Swedish gothic metal band Tiamat in the track Lucy from a 1999 album Skeleton Skeletron, Norwegian gothic metal/Darkwave band The Crest in the song "In This Cage" from their debut 2002 album Letters from Fire, Alien Vampires track You'll All Die, as well as Norwegian industrial metal band The Kovenant in the track Acid Theatre from a 2003 album SETI. It also has been used by Japanese musician Toshiyuki Kakuta (known by his DJ name as L.E.D.) in many of his original tracks for the Konami music game, Beatmania IIDX. It has even found its way into psychedelic trance, in the track "Shockwave" by Azax Syndrom. The line: "you must find strength", spoken by Vol, is used in the beginning of the Crossbreed (band) song Pure Energy. Yoko Kanno also used the sample on the track "Autumn in Ganymede" composed for Cowboy Bebop. The KLF sample the line, "Your feeling of helplessness is your best friend, savage" on their album Chill Out. The song "Rule The Universe" by Bass Mekanik features the sample multiple times. Dubstep producer Datsik has also used the first part of this sample, "After I'm gone your earth will be free to live out its miserable span of existence," in his song "Light The Fuse". The sample of Gor's introduction has also been featured in various songs, including "Maid-san Para Para" by Pilko Minami and in L.E.D.'s remix of the Anubis Final Battle theme for the album Zone of the Enders ReMix Edition. In 2002 for their song Perfekte Droge from their album Herzwerk II. the German band Megaherz. used Gorn's laugh and a sample of:
I have powers that equal and surpass the powers of Gorn...
The samples of speech from the film are available in Sony's royalty-free sample library pack, Methods of Mayhem: Industrial Toolkit.