The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)

The Brain that wouldn't die (1)

Director : Joseph Green.
Starring : Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Eddie Carmel. USA. 1h 28m

One of the more experimental and exploitive sci fi films from the 50s? I’m not getting my dates wrong, the film was made and completed in 1959 under the working title of   The Black Door  but was not released until 1962!? A brilliant scientist manages to find a way to keep the brain alive outside of the body, then after a tragic car accident his girlfriend is tragically injured but he manages to save her head, unlike the other brain he’s been keeping alive his girlfriend’s head had the ability to look around, talk and experience new psychic abilities that are the side effects of the chemicals that are keeping her alive. While her beloved travels around trying to find her a perfect body, she starts connecting psychically with a “thing” kept in the laboratory with her, but her only source of reasoning comes from the deformed lab assistant, a sort of retro Igor.

Not a movie to really take the science aspect serious although it’s great to see that a the finely tuned brain of a mega scientist can be influenced by a beautiful face and that they still hang out at beauty pageants rather than Dr Frankenstein or Dr Moreau who often confine themselves to isolated laboratories. It was a bit of theme in the states, and a few scenes remind me of X The Man With X-Ray Eyes (1963) when Ray Milland was checking out the babes and looking through their clothes, it’s something that a lot of people wish they could do. The twist of psychic abilities is interesting and adds in a deadly element. It’s quite a bitty movie, a loved up guy just trying to do anything to restore his beloved who is scared of becoming a monster and resents life, a swinging take on the Bride of Frankenstein. Many moral issues challenged but not answered, but who cares when there are so many hot girls and crazy monsters to watch.




Rating 6/10

R – Carnival of Souls  (1962), X The Man With X-Ray Eyes (1963)
L – Brains in films, Brilliant Scientists,

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