El barón del terror (1962)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, Spanish

A Mexican horror film directed by Chano Urueta.

Plot Summary

In 1661 Mexico, the Baron Vitelius of Astara is burned alive by the Inquisition but he curses the descendants of his persecutors as he dies. Three hundred years later, a comet nears the Earth, bringing with it the Baron who periodically transforms into a vengeful brain-eating monster.


Directed by: Chano Urueta
© [not given on screen]
Cinematográfica ABSA, S.A. presents an Abel Salazar production
English Language Version Produced by: K. Gordon Murray
Story & Adapation: Adolfo López Portillo and Federico Curiel
English Language Version Directed by: Paul Nagle
Director of Photography: José Ortiz Ramos
Editor: Alfredo Rosas Priego
Music Written and Directed by: Gustavo César Carrión
Sound Supervisor: James L. Fields
Make-up: Rosa Guerrero
Hair Stylist: Esperanza Gómez
Art Director: Javier Torres Torija

Abel Salazar [Baron Vitelius d'Estera]
Ariadne Welter [woman in restaurant]
David Silva [detective]
Germán Robles [Sebastián de Pantoja]
Luis Aragón [Professor Saturnino Millán]
Mauricio Garcés [forensic surgeon]
Ofelia Guilmáin [Señora Meneses]
René Cardona [Baltasar de Meneses/Luis Meneses]
Rubén Rojo [Reynaldo Miranda/Marcos Miranda]
Carlos Nieto [Lic. Francisco Coria]
Carlota Solares [woman at fire]
Federico Curiel [detective]
Magda Donato [townswoman]
Magda Urbizu [real name: Magda Urvizu] [Ana Luisa del Vivar]
Miguel Brillas [librarian]
Rosa Ma. Gallardo [real name: Rosa María Gallardo] [Victoria Contreras]
Roxana Bellini [María de Pantoja]
Susana Cora [murdered prostitute]

Alternative Titles

Baron of Terror – USA
Brainiac – USA
The Brainiac – USA

Extracts included in
Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol.9 (2002)
Horrible Horror (1986)
Mexican Monsters on the March (1994)
Mondo Macabro: Mexican Horror Movies (2002)



  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.139
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.48
  • Fright Night on Channel 9 by James Arena pp.114-115
  • by Walt Lee p.46 – credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.80-83
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.412-413 – illustrated review (by Michael Hauss)