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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.

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Cast

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Dr. Bill Cortner (as Herb Evers)
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Anthony La Penna ...
Kurt (as Leslie Daniel)
Adele Lamont ...
Bonnie Sharie ...
Paula Morris ...
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Peggy Howard (as Marlyn Hanold)
Bruce Brighton ...
Arny Freeman ...
Fred Martin ...
Medical Assistant
Lola Mason ...
Donna Williams
Doris Brent ...
Nurse
Bruce Kerr ...
Beauty Contest M.C.
Audrey Devereal ...
Jeannie Reynolds (as Audrey Devereau)
Eddie Carmel ...
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Storyline

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

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Also Known As:

The Black Door  »

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

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

At least a few of Virginia Leith's lines were dubbed by Doris Brent, who played a nurse in this film. Reportedly Leith hated the film so much she refused to return for post-production. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Cortner is in the back room of the stripper bar talking to the blonde stripper, there is a large mirror in the background with five photographs attached to the left side. But when the brunette stripper enters the room and begins to fight with the blonde stripper, there are now nine photographs attached to the mirror, five on the left, and four more in the center of the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Bill Cortner: Oh, come on now, Doris. Do I look like a maniac who goes around killing girls?
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Crazy Credits

Even before the opening credits, the voice of Jan can be heard saying, "Let me die. Let me die!" See more »

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Soundtracks

The Web
Theme Music
by Abe Baker and Tony Restaino
Composed by Tony Restaino (uncredited)
Performed by Abe Baker (uncredited)
By Permission of Laurel Records
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Whew - guts, gore, and more - way back then!
28 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie scared heck out of me when I was just a kid. It's no "Citizen Kane" but it has its moments. The arm ripping scene is good. The plot is good even if characters aren't - could have something to do with the acting. Put some top name people in the roles and then see what you get. This was one of those shoot, edit (what little there was) and distribute in a couple of months type of movies. This is classic low budget sci-fi and deserves it just due. I rated it a 9 based other films of this genre and age.


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