The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)

Posted: January 25, 2011 in Biological, Classics, Strange

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die is the story of Dr. Bill Corter, a young surgeon who is obsessed with the possibility of the transplant of human organs and appendages. His increasingly risky operations on the living and the dead cause worry to his father, an established surgeon and his assistant whom he has performed unsuccessful procedures upon. Dr. Corter is presented with his most challenging task yet when he is involved in a fatal car crash with his girlfriend Doris. Doris’s body burns in the crash, but not before her boyfriend retrieves her decapitated head from the wreckage. By using a serum that he developed, he manages to keep her severed head alive in his basement. Now all he needed was a body…

It’s no wonder that this film was used in an episode of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, as it’s completely ridiculous. From it’s comical music to it’s amateur-at-best acting, this movie will have you laughing the whole way through.

In my opinion, the best part of the movie is when the doc decides to go out and find a suitable body for his girlfriend/girlfriend’s head. There is this ridiculous saxophone music playing. Reminds me of a low-budget beatnik porno. He ventures off to a “strip club” where he meets this weird-looking blonde who is both horny and the worst actress ever in history. She never really makes full eye contact with the doctor so it looks like she is reading cue cards the whole time. Then there is a hysterical cat fight out of nowhere. What the f*ck?!

In spite of the limited settings and terrible acting qualities of this film, there was one shred of gold in it. Doris’s severed head is talking about the sadness of being without a body, being a freak of nature and misunderstood. She says, “People fear what they can’t understand, and can’t see”.

I’d say that is extremely relevant to the state of our society, don’t you?

This film is for fans of date rape drugs and corny monsters.


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