The three Buffalo beatniks Theo, Zelda, and Bird kick off “Food For Thought” month with the presentation of the cult Mexican horror classic, “The Brainiac” on the next edition of “Off Beat Cinema” Saturday at Midnight on WBBZ-TV!
El Baron del Terror (lit. The Baron of Terror; American release title: The Brainiac) is a 1962 Mexican horror film, directed by Chano Urueta, written by Federico Curiel, Adolfo López Portillo and Antonio Orellana, and starring its producer, Abel Salazar
In Mexico City in 1661, Baron Vitelius of Estara is condemned by the Inquisition and sentenced to be burned at the stake. As this sentence is carried out, the Baron promises that he will return with the next passage of a comet (visible over the scene of the execution), and slay the descendants of his accusers.
Thus in Mexico City in 1961, the promised comet returns, carrying with it Baron Vitelius, who takes advantage of his considerable abilities as a sorcerer to carry out his threat: he is able to change at will into the hairy monster of the title in order to suck out the brains of his victims with a long forked tongue; furthermore, he has strong hypnotic capabilities and is able to render his enemies motionless or force them to act against their wills.
“Off Beat Cinema” began as a local program Halloween weekend 1993 with the broadcast of the late George Romero’s “Night Of The Living Dead” on Buffalo’s WKBW-TV. After a few years gaining a local cult following, the program went national in January 1997. The project moved to independent station WBBZ-TV in August of 2012. Currently, “Off Beat Cinema” is broadcast Saturday at midnight on WBBZ-MeTV; WGBT-MyTV in Rochester; in Corning/Elmira on WJKP-MeTV at Midnight, then again at 2am on WYDC-TV BIG FOX in the Twin Tiers; and Saturday night at 10p.m. (Eastern) on the Retro Television Network of stations across the country. “Off Beat Cinema” is one of the longest running television shows to be syndicated out of Buffalo.
The background music for the show is performed by local musicians David Kane’s Them Jazzbeards. The program consistently supports Western New York musicians, artists, filmmakers, and organizations, giving them exposure on a national platform.
“Off Beat Cinema” delivers the good, the bad, and the foreign, showcasing campy sci-fi classics as diverse as “Teenagers from Outer Space” to classic “art films” such as “Rashomon”; with silent film greats like Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush.”
Moving forward “Off Beat Cinema” is looking to host a film festival event at an area theater; more remote telecasts from Comicon’s and Western New York destinations shot in HD; and continuing to post programs on digital platforms.
Viewers can connect with “Off Beat Cinema” online at www.offbeatcinema.tv and “Like” “Off Beat Cinema” on Facebook. You can follow the show on Twitter @OffBCinema. “Off Beat Cinema” also has a channel on You Tube.
WBBZ is seen throughout Western New York. For more information, visit www.wbbz.tv.
WBBZ is seen throughout Western New York over-the-air on digital channel 67.1. Ch. 5 on Verizon FiOS (HD 505); Ch. 5 Dish; Ch. 67 DirecTV, and these Spectrum Cable channels: Buffalo – Niagara Falls Metro area: Channel 5 (HD 1230); Batavia – Genesee, Wyoming, Orleans Counties Channel 71 (HD 1230); Parts of Erie and Niagara Counties Channel 71 (HD 1230); Dunkirk Channel 5 (HD 1230); Olean Channel 5 (HD 1230); Fredonia – Jamestown Channel 72 (HD 1230); Alfred- Angelica- Avoca- Bath- Bolivar Friendship- Hornell Channel 71 (HD 1230).