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The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962).

June 13, 2008

The Scoop:
Is it the sexist drivel that makes this film so unbearable, or is it the incompetent production? Maybe you can watch it and be the judge.

Surgeon Bill Cortner (Herb Evers), who is doing bizarre cell regeneration research on the side, causes a car accident which decapitates his girlfriend Jan (Virginia Leith). Oops. That’s not a problem, though, since the doc’s special elixir and his mangled assistant Kurt (Leslie Daniels) will keep her head alive in a pan while he spends the rest of the movie ogling various strippers and college coeds trying to find a new body for her. The bodyless girlfriend bitches a lot at Kurt (wouldn’t you?) and bonds with the creature living in the closet. Just when you think you can’t take any more of this shit, the creature in the closet breaks free and kills everyone. Woo-hoo!

This film, the product of writer/director Joseph Green, is only recommended for those willing to stoop to the subject matter to get a good laugh.

Best Bit:
Maybe it’s when the assistant gets his one good arm torn out by the root and is beaten to death with it.

Side Note:
Evers went on to become an action TV mainstay, notching guest appearances on “CHiPS,” “The Streets of San Francisco,” “T.J. Hooker,” “Knight Rider,” “The Fall Guy” and seemingly every other show in that genre.

Companion Viewing:
“The Unearthly” (1957).

Brokedown Cinema.
Internet Archive.

Take a Look:
The trailer:

Stupid science tricks:

A musical tribute:

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