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The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 10 August 1962 (USA)
A doctor experimenting with transplant techniques keeps his girlfriend's head alive when she is decapitated in a car crash, then goes hunting for a new body.

Director:

Joseph Green

Writers:

Joseph Green (screenplay), Rex Carlton (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jason Evers ... Dr. Bill Cortner (as Herb Evers)
Virginia Leith ... Jan Compton / Jan in the Pan
Anthony La Penna Anthony La Penna ... Kurt (as Leslie Daniel)
Adele Lamont Adele Lamont ... Doris Powell
Bonnie Sharie Bonnie Sharie ... Blonde Stripper
Paula Morris Paula Morris ... Brunet Stripper
Marilyn Hanold ... Peggy Howard (as Marlyn Hanold)
Bruce Brighton Bruce Brighton ... Dr. Cortner
Arny Freeman Arny Freeman ... Photographer
Fred Martin Fred Martin ... Medical Assistant
Lola Mason Lola Mason ... Donna Williams
Doris Brent Doris Brent ... Nurse
Bruce Kerr ... Beauty Contest M.C.
Audrey Devereau Audrey Devereau ... Jeannie Reynolds
Eddie Carmel Eddie Carmel ... Monster
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Dr. Bill Cortner has been performing experimental surgery on human guinea pigs without authorization and against the advice of his father, also a surgeon. When Bill's fiancée Jan Compton is decapitated in an automobile accident, he manages to keep her brain alive. He now needs to find a new body for his bride-to-be and settles on Doris Powell, a glamor model with a facial disfigurement. Jan meanwhile doesn't want to continue her body-less existence and calls upon the creature hidden in the basement, one of Bill Cortner's unsuccessful experiments, to break loose. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

Alive... without a body... fed by an unspeakable horror from hell! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the first Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) movie watched by Michael J. Nelson after Joel Hodgson left. See more »

Goofs

When the doctors are operating in the first scene it is really obvious that they are not really cutting anything. See more »

Quotes

Jan Compton: What's locked behind that door?
Kurt: A horror... no normal mind can imagine. Something even more terrible than you!
Jan Compton: No, my deformed friend, like all quantities, horror has it's ultimate, and I am that.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning, the title is given as "The Brain That Wouldn't Die." The end title card lists the title as "The Head That Wouldn't Die." See more »

Alternate Versions

Also released in shorter version that removes most of the violent footage. See more »

Connections

Edited into Bride of Monster Mania (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

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Composed by Tony Restaino
Performed by Abe Baker
By Permission of Laurel Records
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Re-Animator
8 August 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Anyone who would like to watch this flick (which I would not recommend) will soon realize that the title totally misses the point: actually,the head WOULD die,the actress tells us so during one long hour ,and it is a very talky movie at that.

An umpteenth variant of Mary Shelley's immortal Frankenstein,where the scientist ,for a change, is not the old dad ,but the son .He wants to bring the dead back to life ,in spite of his old man's good piece of advice .

In a car crash on a winding road (they should have looked at the road sign ),nothing is left of his dear wife but her head;hence the necessity to find a body.And while you're at it,try to find the most beautiful body you can.

People who play with fire must expect to get burnt.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Door See more »

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Budget:

$62,000 (estimated)
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(uncut) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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