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The Head (1959)

Die Nackte und der Satan (original title)
A scientist invents a serum that keeps a dog's head alive after its body dies. When the scientist dies of a heart attack, his crazed assistant cuts off his head and, using the serum, keeps ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Horst Frank ... Dr. Brandt - alias Dr. Ood
Karin Kernke ... Schwester Irene Sander
Helmut Schmid ... Bert Jaeger
Paul Dahlke ... Police Commissioner Sturm
Dieter Eppler Dieter Eppler ... Paul Lerner
Kurt Müller-Graf Kurt Müller-Graf ... Dr. Walter Burke
Christiane Maybach ... Stella - alias Lilly
Michel Simon ... Prof. Dr. Abel


A scientist invents a serum that keeps a dog's head alive after its body dies. When the scientist dies of a heart attack, his crazed assistant cuts off his head and, using the serum, keeps the doctor's head alive and forces it to help him on an experiment to give his hunchbacked nurse assistant a new body. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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24 July 1959 (West Germany) See more »

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Rapid Film See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Michel Simon, a major star in France at the time, had used some tainted makeup on a previous film that had resulted in his body and face becoming temporarily partially paralyzed. Since that time he had been unable to find work and took a role in this low-budget German horror film because he needed the money and only his head would be shown, and he didn't think a film of this caliber, which could adversely affect his career, would be seen on the rest of the continent. Unfortunately he was wrong, and the film was in fact a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. See more »


Dr. Brandt, alias Dr. Ood: Why run from everything you desire?
Dr. Brandt, alias Dr. Ood: You can't run away from yourself.
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She's got a good head on someone else's shoulder's.
23 May 2013 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Before Re-animator (1985), before The Thing With Two Heads (1972) and The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant (1971), and even before The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962), there was The Head, a tawdry low-budget German sci-fi/horror in which mad scientist Dr.Ood (Horst Frank) keeps the decapitated head of his mentor Professor Dr. Abel (Michel Simon) alive on a trolley and stitches the beautiful noggin of hunchbacked nun Irene Sander (Karin Kernke) onto the body of skeezy stripper Lilly (Christiane Maybach).

It's delightfully lurid nonsense, packed with scenes of cheap titillation (although my print seemed to have been clumsily shorn of some possible nudity) and macabre madness, none of which will seem in the slightest bit shocking these days, but which do possess an endearing charm that fans of schlock horror will positively lap up. Ood, in particular, is a wonderfully memorable character, the deviant doctor not averse to making moves on his patchwork patient as soon as she comes round from her op—mind you, with the head (and brain) of a beautiful yet innocent nun and the body of a hot bimbo, who can blame him?

6.5 out of 10, rounded up to 7 for IMDb.

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