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The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

 -  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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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
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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

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surgeon | laboratory | fiance | surgery | brain | See more »

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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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(uncut) | (TCM print)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The DVD version boasts an alternative version of the scene where Leslie Daniel poses for photographers in a more skimpy, semi-nude negligee. See more »

Goofs

Common sense will tell you that when somebody is performing an operation (say, an open heart surgery, or more specifically, in the film they're performing an operation to stimulate the patient's brain) the doctor(s) will get blood on them. Amazingly, Dr. Cortner comes out of the operation room spotless, as do the other doctors and nurses as well as the patient. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Bill Cortner: There's more to surgery than just being a carpenter to patch up walls or a plumber to drain pipes. Our body's capable of adjusting in ways we've never dreamt of. If we could only find the key!
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning, the title is given as "The Brain That Wouldn't Die." The end title card lists the title as "The Head That Wouldn't Die." See more »

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Referenced in Bride of Monster Mania (2000) 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
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Whew - guts, gore, and more - way back then!
28 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie scared heck out of me when I was just a kid. It's no "Citizen Kane" but it has its moments. The arm ripping scene is good. The plot is good even if characters aren't - could have something to do with the acting. Put some top name people in the roles and then see what you get. This was one of those shoot, edit (what little there was) and distribute in a couple of months type of movies. This is classic low budget sci-fi and deserves it just due. I rated it a 9 based other films of this genre and age.


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