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Monstrosity (1963)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  September 1963 (USA)
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A rich but unscrupulous old woman plots with a scientist to have her brain implanted in the skull of a sexy young woman.

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(as Joseph Mascelli) , (uncredited)

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Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Eaton ...
Hetty March
Frank Gerstle ...
Dr. Otto Frank
Frank Fowler ...
Victor
Erika Peters ...
Nina Rhodes
Judy Bamber ...
Beatrice 'Bea' Mullins
Lisa Lang ...
Anita Gonzalez
Xerxes ...
Xerxes the Cat
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Somehow, atomic power is harnessed to transplant brains. An old woman uses this power to hire two sexy (and one homely) foreign housekeepers with the idea of transplanting her old brain into a sexy woman's. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Bodies for sale! See more »

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Producer Jack Pollexfen fired director Joseph V. Mascelli and finished directing the picture, uncredited. See more »

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Narrator: Oh, how she made them sweat. Especially this old fool, companion and gigolo. How many years she's kept him dangling on promises. Well, sometimes it's convenient to have a man, especially when he comes cheaper than servants.
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Not the worst of its kind, but far from the best
23 May 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

In The Atomic Brain, Marjorie Eaton does a wonderful job of creating a thoroughly unlikeable rich old woman (Hetty March) with a scheme to have her brain transplanted into an attractive, healthy, younger body. To accomplish this, she supports the research of the brilliant sociopath Dr. Frank (Frank Gerstle), who has successfully transplanted various animal brains into humans - creating a dog-man and, later, a cat-woman. Once it becomes clear that cadavers are not going to suffice, Mrs March hires three young women from Europe to serve as maids (and, unbeknownst to them, possible body donors). Erika Peters does well with the Austrian Nina. Judy Bamber - the English Bea - is lovely but overacts and sounds about as English as Tom Cruise. Finally, Anita from Spain (nicely played by Lisa Lang) isn't fully human long enough for us to get a good sense of her personality. Overall, the acting is OK.

The pace is decent throughout most of the film, and the plot, though ridiculous, remains the central focus. Unfortunately the cinematography is, to say the least, uneven - there are a number of unnecessary shots of people moving about. This is sort of surprising since the director was later hired as a cinematographer for some higher profile films. And the voice-over narrative - which is also unnecessary - really seals the deal.

In a sort of in-your-face way, Atomic Brain portrays stereotypes of the rich, the elderly and the feminine gender, and really makes a horror of them. It also adds the cliché of the mad, self-righteous and egotistical scientist, and the somewhat lurid exploitation of youth and beauty. It is not an entirely thoughtless film, but it is not a good film either. Recommended for late night viewing after or during intoxication events.


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