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Monstrosity (1963)

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

Directors:

Joseph V. Mascelli (as Joseph Mascelli), Jack Pollexfen (uncredited)

Writers:

Vy Russell (original screen play by), Sue Dwiggins (original screen play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Eaton ... Mrs. March
Frank Gerstle ... Dr. Frank
Frank Fowler Frank Fowler ... Victor
Erika Peters ... Nina
Judy Bamber ... Bea
Lisa Lang Lisa Lang ... Anita
Xerxes 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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WANTED: Youth and Beauty. Will Pay Millions. Only Beautiful and Shapely Girls Need Apply. No References Required. Appointments After Dark Only. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brain Snatchers See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$40,000 (estimated)
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Cinema Venture See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Producer Jack Pollexfen fired director Joseph V. Mascelli and finished directing the picture, uncredited. See more »

Goofs

When the 3 candidates enter Mrs. March's room for the first time, in her mirror you can see a young male crew member with glasses in the reflection. He stays standing there during the whole scene. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Where were the live, fresh bodies he'd been promised?
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Nuclear Nonsense
14 April 2006 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

An elderly woman wants to be young again. She has lots of money and enlists a mad scientist who works all day in the basement with his nuclear device to transplant brains atomically. Brought into the picture are three young women who will provide the body, once the process is perfected. One woman gets a cat brain transplant and runs around scratching people and screeching. Another is a victim of cat-woman and loses her eyesight. The third becomes the target for the transplant. Unfortunately, there are failed experiments running around the house, particularly a young woman who has no brain at all. She is just there to provide amusement. The old lady continues to bully the young women who ask to leave, but stay just because she tells them to (apparently, they need her to let them out of their contract and she will call immigration and get them sent back). When they finally act, it is too late. There is also an old lech who can't wait for the old lady to get a new body, but comes to realize that he is going to be left in the dust. He then becomes a possible roadblock, although the old lady is so mean spirited she doesn't seem to care. Nevertheless, the transplant does finally take place but with different consequences than the old lady had anticipated.

The biggest problem has to do with trust. The scientist works at the behest of the old woman, but seems to have his own agenda. He is annoyed by her constant meddling in what he is doing. He betrays here of course. So much of the movie is in anticipation of finally doing the transplant. We just can't get there and the ride is long and tedious.


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