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The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 10 August 1962 (USA)
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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Dr. Bill Cortner (as Herb Evers)
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Anthony La Penna ...
Kurt (as Leslie Daniel)
Adele Lamont ...
Bonnie Sharie ...
Paula Morris ...
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Peggy Howard (as Marlyn Hanold)
Bruce Brighton ...
Arny Freeman ...
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Fred Martin ...
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Lola Mason ...
Donna Williams
Doris Brent ...
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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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(uncut) | (TCM print)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Sammy Petrillo: One of the men snapping photos of Doris in her studio is Petrillo, a Jerry Lewis imitator and co-star of Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952). See more »

Goofs

Even were it possible to keep a severed head alive by ensuring enough oxygenated blood is circulated through the brain (as it appears to be, here), it would still be impossible for Jan to speak without lungs or vocal cords. See more »

Quotes

Jan Compton: What's behind that door?
Kurt: Horror no normal mind can imagine!
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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 »

Connections

Spoofed in The Man with Two Brains (1983) 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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Good, Old-fashioned Fun
4 September 1999 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

I had a heck of a good time viewing this picture, and was splendidly surprised at its more erudite features. First off, the film is undeniably cheaply-made with its cardboard sets, limited settings, and creative scientific props. The acting ranges from very poor(the two strippers), barely professional(Herb Evers as the leading man), gothic overstatement(Leslie Daniels as the assistant Kurt)to first-rate with Virginia Leith in the title role as the headless victim alive against her will for the benefit of science and her fiancee's lustful passions. The scripting though is very good and the dialogue is fantastic for a movie of this ilk. Issues abound about what role science and medicine have in our lives and what their boundaries should be. This film is a thinking film in many ways. However, don't be too fooled by its real intent. It is a sleazy story about a man obsessed with his aptitude in medical science who wishes to fuse together his dead girlfriend's head with the perfect body, thereby creating the perfect woman for a man with the best of both body and soul. One other very bright aspect of the film is the sax music which resonates strongly every time the doctor scours town for female beauties.


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