MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 202 this week

The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  10 August 1962 (USA)
4.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.0/10 from 4,317 users  
Reviews: 140 user | 64 critic

A doctor experimenting with transplant techniques keeps his girlfriend's head alive when she is decapitated in a car crash, then goes hunting for a new body.

Director:

Writers:

(original story), (original story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive

WATCH NOW
ON TV
ON DISC
ALL

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 10 Aug 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 22 Sep 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 03 Oct 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 15 Jan 2013
 
list image
a list of 29 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) on IMDb 4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Brain That Wouldn't Die.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

On an isolated island, a small group of people are terrorized by giant voracious shrews in the midst of a hurricane.

Director: Ray Kellogg
Stars: James Best, Ingrid Goude, Ken Curtis
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

After local-moonshine swilling trapper Lem Sawyer sees a giant creature, people start disappearing. While searching for illegal traps Steve Benton and Nan Greyson, his girl-friend find Lem ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski
Stars: Ken Clark, Yvette Vickers, Jan Shepard
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A cosmetics queen develops a youth formula from jelly taken from queen wasps. She fails to anticipate the typical hoary side- effects.

Directors: Roger Corman, Jack Hill
Stars: Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley, Barboura Morris
Reptilicus (1961)
Certificate: Passed Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

After copper miners discover part of the frozen tail of a prehistoric monster in Lapland, scientists inadvertently bring it back to life.

Director: Sidney W. Pink
Stars: Bent Mejding, Asbjørn Andersen, Povl Wøldike
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A young alien (David Love) falls for a pretty teenage Earth girl (Dawn Anderson) and they team up to try to stop the plans of his invading cohorts, who intend to use Earth as a ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Graeff
Stars: David Love, Dawn Bender, Bryan Grant
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A crook decides to bump off members of his inept crew and blame their deaths on a legendary sea creature. What he doesn't know is that the creature is real.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Antony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Robert Towne
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Scientific experiments accidentally revive an executed criminal and make him impervious to harm, prompting him to seek revenge on his former partners.

Director: Jack Pollexfen
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Max Showalter, Marian Carr
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A stripper is horribly disfigured in a car accident. A brilliant scientist develops a treatment that restores her beauty and falls in love with her. To preserve her appearance the doctor ... See full summary »

Director: Anton Giulio Majano
Stars: Alberto Lupo, Susanne Loret, Sergio Fantoni
Bloodlust! (1961)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

A crazed hunter kidnaps people and turns them loose on his private estate, where he hunts them for sport.

Director: Ralph Brooke
Stars: Wilton Graff, June Kenney, Walter Brooke
Certificate: Passed Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

A giant lizard terrorizes a rural Texas community with a heroic teenager attempting to destroy the creature.

Director: Ray Kellogg
Stars: Don Sullivan, Fred Graham, Lisa Simone
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Marcia Prentiss, a New England spinster, is annoyed when reaching her summer home to find that her niece, Betsy Ann, is there after being told to remain in school, but is there because she ... See full summary »

Directors: Nick Grinde, Tom Reed
Stars: May Robson, Sybil Jason, Guy Kibbee
Grand Exit (1935)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Edmund Lowe, Ann Sothern, Onslow Stevens
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jason Evers ...
Dr. Bill Cortner (as Herb Evers)
Virginia Leith ...
Anthony La Penna ...
Kurt (as Leslie Daniel)
Adele Lamont ...
Bonnie Sharie ...
Paula Maurice ...
Marilyn Hanold ...
Peggy Howard (as Marlyn Hanold)
Bruce Brighton ...
Arny Freeman ...
Photographer
Fred Martin ...
Medical Assistant
Lola Mason ...
Donna Williams
Doris Brent ...
Nurse
Bruce Kerr ...
Beauty Contest M.C.
Audrey Devereal ...
Jeannie Reynolds (as Audrey Devereau)
Eddie Carmel ...
Monster
Edit

Storyline

Dr. Bill Cortner has been performing experimental surgery on human guinea pigs without authorization and against the advice of his father, also a surgeon. When Bill's fiancée Jan Compton is decapitated in an automobile accident, he manages to keep her brain alive. He now needs to find a new body for his bride-to-be and settles on Doris Powell, a glamor model with a facial disfigurement. Jan meanwhile doesn't want to continue her body-less existence and calls upon the creature hidden in the basement, one of Bill Cortner's unsuccessful experiments, to break loose. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's madness, not science! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 August 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Black Door  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$62,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(uncut) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was rejected for UK cinema in 1961 when submitted as "The Head That Wouldn't Die" and finally received a DVD certificate in 2006. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Cortner approaches the crashed car being consumed by fire, he is confronted by a male hand (note the hairy wrist) which drops from sight when he touches it. The car's only occupant is supposed to be his girlfriend, Jan. See more »

Quotes

Kurt: [to Jan] The alcoholic has his bottle, the dope addict his needle; I had my research.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Even before the opening credits, the voice of Jan can be heard saying, "Let me die. Let me die!" See more »

Connections

Featured in Dominick and Eugene (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

The Web
Theme Music
by Abe Baker and Tony Restaino
Composed by Tony Restaino (uncredited)
Performed by Abe Baker (uncredited)
By Permission of Laurel Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A Little Head, Any One?
11 June 2007 | by (Biloxi, Mississippi) – See all my reviews

THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE was considered so distasteful in 1959 that several cuts and the passage of three years was required before it was released in 1962. Today it is difficult to imagine how anyone could have taken the thing seriously even in 1959; the thing is both lurid and lewd, but it is also incredibly ludicrous in a profoundly bumptious sort of way.

The story, of course, concerns a doctor who is an eager experimenter in transplanting limbs--and when his girl friend is killed in a car crash he rushes her head to his secret lab. With the aid of a few telephone cords, a couple of clamps, and what looks very like a shallow baking pan, he brings her head back to life. But is she grateful? Not hardly. In fact, she seems mightily ticked off about the whole thing, particularly when it transpires that the doctor plans to attach her head to another body.

As it happens, the doctor is picky about this new body: he wants one built for speed, and he takes to cruising disconcerted women on city sidewalks, haunting strip joints, visiting body beautiful contests, and hunting down cheesecake models in search of endowments that will raise his eyebrow. But back at the lab, the head has developed a chemically-induced psychic link with another one of the doctor's experiments, this one so hideous that it is kept locked out of sight in a handy laboratory closet. Can they work together to get rid of the bitter and malicious lab assistance, wreck revenge upon the doctor, and save the woman whose body he hankers for? Could be! Leading man Jason Evers plays the roguish doctor as if he's been given a massive dose of Spanish fly; Virginia Leith, the unhappy head, screeches and cackles in spite of the fact that she has no lungs and maybe not even any vocal chords. Busty babes gyrate to incredibly tawdry music, actors make irrational character changes from line to line, the dialogue is even more nonsensical than the plot, and you'll need a calculator to add up the continuity goofs. On the whole THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE comes off as even more unintentionally funny than an Ed Wood movie.

Director Joseph Green actually manages to keep the whole thing moving at pretty good clip, and looking at the film today it is easy to pick out scenes that influenced later directors, who no doubt saw the thing when they were young and impressionable and never quite got over it. The cuts made before the film went into release are forever lost, but the cuts made for television have been restored in the Alpha release, and while the film and sound quality aren't particularly great it's just as well to recall that they probably weren't all that good to begin with.

Now, this is one of those movies that you'll either find incredibly dull or wildly hilarious, depending on your point of view, so it is very hard to give a recommendation. But I'll say this: if your tastes run to the likes of Ed Wood or Russ Meyers, you need to snap this one up and now! Four stars for its cheesy-bizarreness alone! GFT, Amazon Reviewer


17 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Fave MST3K Quotes mleeke
But The Arrangement Is Pretty Special Squashpants
How Does She Breathe to Talk? chaalie
the brain/head that wouldn't die office-575
What Year Was This Actually Made? jbartelone
Ever meet Jason Evers ? tartonfarm1
Discuss The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?