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Brain That Wouldn't Die

1 rating: -1.0
A movie directed by Joseph Green

A boorish doctor who has devised a way to bring the dead back to life gets into a car accident and kills his beautiful fiancee; he takes her severed head back to the lab with him and keeps it alive in a tray of serum. She is unhappy with the situation … see full wiki

Director: Joseph Green
Release Date: 1962
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Brain That Wouldn't Die

Brain That Wouldn't Die

  • Jul 19, 2002
Pros: I'm patiently waiting

Cons: well

The Bottom Line: Recommended for die hard B-Movie fans only

It’s getting worse all the time.

This stellar production features another mad doctor interested in transplants. This time, however, we are considering body part transplants, any old body part will do, thank you. The demented doctor in this epic is Dr, Bill Cortner (Jason Evers), who in addition to thinking he can become the new Dr. Frankenstein but sucessfully so, also apparently thinks he is God’s gift to the female world.

Obviously filthy rich, he owns a huge estate in the country (what he terms a country house looks like the Buckingham Palace), where he has been running secret experiments on unworthy souls. He has also been stealing, um, limbs, from the hospital for these experiments.

Deciding to take his fiancé, Jan (Virginia Leith), to the estate to show her his ‘work’, they start out on a little adventure. However, his cocky attitude has him speeding around the winding roads and sure enough, goes out of control, wrecking the convertible. He is thrown clear but poor Jan is trapped inside. I don’t know how, it is a convertible and they don’t have seat belts – sigh. Anyway, the last we see of Jan in this life is her hand extended in the air as he struggles back to the car.

The automobile is engulfed in flames, totally engulfed mind you, yet he reaches in and extracts something. He don’t know what because he wraps it in his coat, and he staggers to his estate, leaving the wreckage behind. A tweak here and a tweak there, next thing you know we have Jan in the Pan (hey, don’t blame me, those words came directly from IMDB.com, not from me), with Jan’s head floating in a pan of liquid. Holycatsass is all I can respond here.

However, lurking in the locked closet is a failed experiment. A creature so horrible, so wretched, that we cannot view it until the end of the movie so faint of heart beware!

So poor Jan, in her miserable pan, is filled with hatred for her beautiful fiancé Dr. Cortner, wanting nothing more than to die rather than exist in this condition. What she doesn’t know is Dr. Corner, the body beautiful, is out patrolling strip clubs trying to find her a body. Through some magic powers that come from the serum in the drug keeping her head alive, Jan has developed telekinetic powers and is able to communicate with the creature in the closet. She uses this to fire a rage in the creature and I guess you can figure out what will come from that.

If I thought The Head That Wouldn’t Die was bad, I think this one may just have topped that. Of course, Head was funny, this one is just miserable.

I found a lot of things wrong with this movie. For one, Jan’s lovely face was not harmed at all by the fire in the car wreck. Then there is the fact, how exactly did her head leave her body in the first place, and so cleanly? Of course, that brings me to how can it talk without larynx, etc.? My roomie, Surg, assures me if enough of the vocal chamber is intact it would be possible, but she didn’t see the movie so I can’t confirm that part.

Then there is the wreck, and the disappearance of both Jan and Dr. Cortner from the hospital. Why were no police involved? It wasn’t a deserted road, it was well traveled. After finding her car (it was her car, not his) in flames and her beheaded corpse in it, wouldn’t someone be investigating something? Just curious. So, even though he is spending several days trolling around trying to find Jan a body, no one notices she is gone or he is gone and no one misses them at work.

I know, I’m trying to make this more meaningful than it is intended, sorry.

It was a bad movie. Bad acting, bad script, bad delivery. The dressing room for the strippers had so much hollow feed back when they were talking it echoed. And the strippers, God if I were a man and had to look at that for pleasure, give me a Valium. Cellulite butts and breasts you could have hung a hat on, they were so pointed and sharp, voices like fingernails on chalkboards.

Least I forget or neglect the creature in the closet. He finally makes an appearance at the end of the movie. Definitely a body part transplant gone bad but that doesn’t explain the cyclopean eye … hmmm. The creature was played by Eddie Carmel, bless his heart. I sure his mother is proud.

This movie, directed by Joseph Green and written by Green & Rex Carlton, is for die-hard B-movie fans only.



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