Originally filmed in the late 1960s as a robbery crime-drama, it sat on the shelf for two years before new footage incorporating the zombie plot were shot by investors who wanted a less serious horror flick. See more »
Around the two-thirds point, the story suddenly goes on a 15 minute tangent into the past. See more »
Director Al Adamson filmed the first version of his story treatment "Two Tickets to Terror" as Echo of Terror, a straightforward heist movie, in 1964. Adamson and producer Sam Sherman could not interest any distributor in releasing the movie. Several new scenes were added in 1965 featuring go-go dancing and two musical numbers, and the movie was re-titled Psycho a Go Go and released by Hemisphere Pictures. The movie was reedited again in 1967 adding scenes featuring actor John Carradine. The result was a more horrific, science-fiction themed version, Fiend with the Electronic Brain, which received a limited theatrical release by David L. Hewitt's American General Pictures. In 1971 Adamson reedited the film yet again, dropping the go-go dance and musical sequences and filming new scenes that added a zombie and mad doctor subplot featuring Tommy Kirk, Kent Taylor, Regina Carrol, Richard Smedley, and Barney Gelfan, which was re-titled Blood of Ghastly Horror and released theatrically by Independent-International. Blood of Ghastly Horror was then edited for television distribution (removing the strangulation murder) and sold to Allied Artists TV under the title Man with the Synthetic Brain. See more »
Like horror has blood. A tossed salad of scenes whose relationship makes only a klutzy kind of sense. Combine this with the worst directing, photography, sound effects, and music imaginable and you have some idea what you're in for. Night scenes too dark to see the characters. A woman screams but no sound comes out -- they forgot to add it. A zombie wraps his arm around someone and they scream and fall dead to the ground. A man being shot grabs his chest before the gun goes off. Or how about the score -- a psychotic killer is chasing a woman and her child with intent to kill, accompanied by swinging jazz. This chase scene incidentally is most of the movie, or seems like it, killer running, woman and child running, killer, woman, on and on ... Zombies and mad scientist plot elements are stuck onto it with spit and string. To say this is a cheesy horror film is to be generous. Someone said it had never been used on MST3K -- that's probably because they'd be putting more work into ridiculing it than the filmmakers did in making it.
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