The Brain That Wouldn't Die Reviews
Very few evil overlords will mad scientists start out that way, circumstances would have to accumulate to achieve that end result. In the case of Dr. Bill Cortner (Jason Evers), his life was dedicated to diligent study that would culminate with him becoming one of the most successful surgeons of his time. As is frequently the case with someone who has reached the pinnacle of his career has shrouded him with a degree of hubris that he would find it impossible to deny. This pushed him to experimenting with methods and techniques far beyond those considered acceptable. The opportunity to use his new technology came about in a patient of his father's was pronounced dead in the emergency room Dr. Cortner managed to save the patient using one of his most daring experimental techniques. Little did he realize that he would have a far more personal incentive to perfect that he is been working on. His fiancé Jan Compton (Virginia Leith) was involved with the terrible car accident that left her decapitated. Cortner gathers up to separate head and rushes to his laboratory. Once he arrives at his laboratory he places Jan's head in a try of nutrients and hooking it up to monitoring devices, it regains consciences; a sight that was entertainingly enjoyable to the ten year old watching or that inner child that wants to return to when cinematic excellence was less important than good old fashion escapism.
Doc Cortner now is faced with a rather unique conundrum; his betrothed is nothing more than a head. He might be a mad scientist but Cortner is after al a man an there are fundamental requirements better served with a complete body. As any researcher who routinely deals decapitated patients realizes obtaining a complete body donation is exceedingly troublesome especially when there are added constraints such as attractiveness and the fact that a body still living before the commencement of the attachment greatly improves viability of the subject. Cortner realizes that there is also a practical concern not formally part of the procedural protocol is required; the donor should be some whose sudden disappearance will not overly involve the authorities. Cortner begins his search in a strip joint where he could readily assess the aesthetics of the potential donor. After all it will be a major part of his future wife.
The progressive aspect of this story is it cares enough to demonstrate some measure of concern for the disembodied head. Jan is sufficiently aware of how dire her condition is but mostly she is in a world entirely consisting of unrelenting pain. Jan has inexplicably developed psychic abilities and telepathically compels with a terribly disfigured creature held captive in an adjacent room to kill the scientist. The lab assistant, Kurt (Anthony La Penna) is killed by the creature but conveniently only after a few chores were completed. The creature is released thanks to the lock being carelessly left undone. It is so difficult to find competent minions to assist with immoral research. Rather than go outside looking for a body replacement the doctor decides to have one come willingly. He brings a' figure model', Doris Powell (Adele Lamont) home with him. She has a beautiful body but her face has been tragically scarred. Cortner lures her with the promise of plastic surgery.
Has you can see by this appraisal there are numerous plot holes that plague the script the least of which is how Jan's head suddenly developed telepathy and mind control. But as previously mentioned this movie was not intended for the erudite aficionados of cinematic artistry. It was meant to offer a brief escape from the doldrums of the week and let the viewer kick back and have a little bit of fun. In fact the more you think during the film the less you will be able to enjoy it. Shout Entertainment has a well-deserved reputation of respecting the fans. Whether it is providing complete sets of an entire television series or restoring a cult classic film to a pristine condition they have never disappoint me in the quality of their releases. The high definition video required for a Blu-ray edition was made possible by utilizing the original 35mm negatives makes for an experience better that we has in the theaters.
Make no mistake...this movie is really bad. The acting, the science, the 'creature' at the end, are all very horrible. But the idea behind it was quite good. Failed body transplants; keeping a person alive against their will; a doctor's obsession to the point of kidnapping a woman to cut her head off so he has a body for his fiance...
A transplant specialist doctor has his wife land in his operating room in critical condition. He decides to keep his wife's head alive through new experimental techniques as he works to build her the perfect body from other girls he kidnaps and kills in his neighborhood. He quickly becomes the target of an investigation; meanwhile, his girlfriend's head has some tricks up her sleeve....
"The operation room is no place for experiments."
Joseph Green, director of Day-Dream and The Perils of P.K. delivers The Brain that Wouldn't Die in his directorial debut. The storyline for this picture is very mediocre but does keep you entertained enough to want to see what happens at the end. There isn't much "scary" aspects in this picture but the acting is above average. The cast includes Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, and Anthony La Penna.
"Anything you prescribe I'll take."
This was recently on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) for the holiday season so I had to DVR it. The premise was interesting and the execution was fairly good and I even enjoyed the characters. This is far from a classic, but the plot was fun to watch unfold. I recommend seeing this once if you're a fan of the classic horror genre.
"I know there's someone there..."
This film never comes close to the king of the arty gore films: Georges Franjuâ??s 1959 Eyes without a Face, but it compares favorably with same-themed exploitation flicks like They Saved Hitler's Brain (1964). The film has become a source of parody on television's Mystery Science Theater 3000 (it ran from 1988 to 1999).