The Atomic Brain (1964)

The Atomic Brain





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Monstrosity is better known under the title The Atomic Brain. Wealthy but homely Marjorie Eaton would like to recapture her youth and beauty. Looney scientist Frank Gerstle offers to remove her brain and put it into a younger, more attractive body. But when Eaton rejects the captive girls offered her, the disgruntled Gerstle plants her grey matter into the body of a cat. Described by one film catalogue as "one of the greatest turkeys ever made", Monstrosity certainly does have its own tacky … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Vi Russell, Sue Swiggens, Alberto Bevilacqua, Gino De Santis, Sue Dwiggins
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On DVD: Mar 29, 2005
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Critic Reviews for The Atomic Brain

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Actually makes "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" look pretty good.

June 17, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

August 14, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Atomic Brain

Hmm, lately I've been giving a lot of these 50's sci-fi and horror B movies two star ratings. I guess that's because none of them really stand above each other in terms of quality and enjoyment, and all of them wind up being pretty much the same. Well, The Atomic Brain is no exception. It features some horrible narration over a movie that didn't really need it to tell its story. Actually, watching it without sound, you can pretty much get what's going on. So, what the movie needed was character, and it didn't really have a lot of that. It did have a bitchy old woman, a serious but mad doctor, beautiful young females speaking different accents (the British gal's accent is atrociously bad), and you also have some half-witted plot about finding the perfect specimen for an aging rich lady's plan to have her brain transplanted into that of a young female. The stuff with one of the girls given the brain of a cat is actually the best stuff in the whole movie, and the funniest (unintentionally, of course). I'd recommend it to anyone who's a fan of Mystery Science Theater, and if I'm not mistaken, they did an episode on this particular movie, so there ya go.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


Another low budget sci-fi movie from the early sixties with a misleading title. I mean it does have to do with brains, at least, but they're not atomic. The acting is horrible, the story is flawed in obvious ways, and it's kind of boring sometimes, but it could have been worse. Overall, a bad movie, but if you really suspend your disbelief, it's somewhat entertaining.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


I got this in a 3 movie collection from Something Weird Video, so I knew from the start it was going to be strange. We have 3 women, who are hired sight unseen to come to a household, there real purpose is to be the body for a old women?s brain, we have our mad scientist who gets pissed and puts the brain in a cat. Its old school B&W. Nothing that stood out. But still not a waste of time. Only 2 1/2 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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