Reviewed byBaronBl00d ([email protected])Vote: 8/10/10
I had a heck of a good time viewing this picture, and was splendidlysurprised at its more erudite features. First off, the film is undeniablycheaply-made with its cardboard sets, limited settings, and creativescientific props. The acting ranges from very poor(the two strippers),barely professional(Herb Evers as the leading man), gothicoverstatement(Leslie Daniels as the assistant Kurt)to first-rate withVirginia Leith in the title role as the headless victim alive against herwill for the benefit of science and her fiancee's lustful passions. Thescripting though is very good and the dialogue is fantastic for a movie ofthis ilk. Issues abound about what role science and medicine have in ourlives and what their boundaries should be. This film is a thinking film inmany ways. However, don't be too fooled by its real intent. It is a sleazystory about a man obsessed with his aptitude in medical science who wishesto fuse together his dead girlfriend's head with the perfect body, therebycreating the perfect woman for a man with the best of both body and soul. One other very bright aspect of the film is the sax music which resonatesstrongly every time the doctor scours town for female beauties.
Reviewed bygftbiloxi ([email protected])Vote: 7/10/10
THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE was considered so distasteful in 1959 thatseveral cuts and the passage of three years was required before it wasreleased in 1962. Today it is difficult to imagine how anyone couldhave taken the thing seriously even in 1959; the thing is both luridand lewd, but it is also incredibly ludicrous in a profoundly bumptioussort of way.
The story, of course, concerns a doctor who is an eager experimenter intransplanting limbs--and when his girl friend is killed in a car crashhe rushes her head to his secret lab. With the aid of a few telephonecords, a couple of clamps, and what looks very like a shallow bakingpan, he brings her head back to life. But is she grateful? Not hardly.In fact, she seems mightily ticked off about the whole thing,particularly when it transpires that the doctor plans to attach herhead to another body.
As it happens, the doctor is picky about this new body: he wants onebuilt for speed, and he takes to cruising disconcerted women on citysidewalks, haunting strip joints, visiting body beautiful contests, andhunting down cheesecake models in search of endowments that will raisehis eyebrow. But back at the lab, the head has developed achemically-induced psychic link with another one of the doctor'sexperiments, this one so hideous that it is kept locked out of sight ina handy laboratory closet. Can they work together to get rid of thebitter and malicious lab assistance, wreck revenge upon the doctor, andsave the woman whose body he hankers for? Could be! Leading man JasonEvers plays the roguish doctor as if he's been given a massive dose ofSpanish fly; Virginia Leith, the unhappy head, screeches and cackles inspite of the fact that she has no lungs and maybe not even any vocalchords. Busty babes gyrate to incredibly tawdry music, actors makeirrational character changes from line to line, the dialogue is evenmore nonsensical than the plot, and you'll need a calculator to add upthe continuity goofs. On the whole THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE comesoff as even more unintentionally funny than an Ed Wood movie.
Director Joseph Green actually manages to keep the whole thing movingat pretty good clip, and looking at the film today it is easy to pickout scenes that influenced later directors, who no doubt saw the thingwhen they were young and impressionable and never quite got over it.The cuts made before the film went into release are forever lost, butthe cuts made for television have been restored in the Alpha release,and while the film and sound quality aren't particularly great it'sjust as well to recall that they probably weren't all that good tobegin with.
Now, this is one of those movies that you'll either find incrediblydull or wildly hilarious, depending on your point of view, so it isvery hard to give a recommendation. But I'll say this: if your tastesrun to the likes of Ed Wood or Russ Meyers, you need to snap this oneup and now! Four stars for its cheesy-bizarreness alone! GFT, AmazonReviewer
Reviewed byClaudio CarvalhoVote: 6/10/10
The unethical surgeon Dr. Bill Cortner (Herb Evers) is developing atechnique of transplantation of organs and members using a serumagainst rejection. When he has a car accident with his girlfriend JanCompton (Virginia Leith), he saves her head only, and tries to find awoman with a beautiful body to transplant Jan's head against her will.
I found the low budget movie "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" veryunderrated in IMDb. The story is not so bad, and certainly inspired"Frankenhooker" and "The Man with Two Brains". The acting and thedirection are very reasonable, and there are some mistakes of edition(for example, when Dr. Bill Cortner is having a conversation in the carwith his friend on the sidewalk), but these errors just contribute tomake the movie funnier. The make-up of the creature is great. My voteis six.
Title (Brazil): "O Cérebro Que Não Queria Morrer" ("The Brain That Didnot Want to Die")
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.