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The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  10 August 1962 (USA)
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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.

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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 ...
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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

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Alive... without a body... fed by an unspeakable horror from hell! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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10 August 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Black Door  »

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$62,000 (estimated)
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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

Before the brunette stripper is slapped, she is seen taking off her white glove, yet when she is slapped and she puts her hand to her face her glove is clearly back on as if she never took it off. See more »

Quotes

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

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

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References Peeping Tom (1960) See more »

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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
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Works for sheer audacity, shameless conviction of its aims.
12 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For what this is (a rather over-heated horror sci-fi stew), it works for its sheer audacity and shameless full-bore conviction of its aims. Mad scientist movies end up resorting to long shots of people in white lab coats talking in sterile sets. But this one has a woman's head in the tray, fighting with the doctor, yelling at the monster in the closet, and engaging the assistant in metaphysical questions usually not heard in such low-budget potboilers.

Nice dynamic that it's his fiancé that he wants to save...but she has become so bitter since becoming a disembodied head in a tray of water. I remember watching this for the first time on TV in the early 70s and being amazed they used to make movies like this.

Better than average camera work, also, trying to get a sense of vertigo and movement throughout. This film with its hell-bent-for-leather pace is a fever-dream that works because it doesn't let go, or tip you to the fact that the makers thought it was ridiculous as it certainly is.

Be sure to get the restored version with the monster in the closet finally grabbing the doctor's arm and making a bloody mess at the end. A great cathartic bloody end to this near Shakespearean morality play about how man should not meddle in god's business.


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