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Psycho à Go-Go (1967)

Blood of Ghastly Horror (original title)
GP | | Horror, Sci-Fi | January 1972 (USA)
A mad scientist implants an electronic device into the brain of an injured soldier, which turns him into a psychotic killer.


Al Adamson


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Carradine ... Dr. Howard Vanard
Kent Taylor ... Dr. Elton Corey
Tommy Kirk ... Sgt. Cross
Regina Carrol ... Susan Vanard
Roy Morton Roy Morton ... Joe Corey
Tacey Robbins Tacey Robbins ... Linda Clarke
Arne Warde Arne Warde ... Sgt. Grimaldi
Richard Smedley Richard Smedley ... Akro
Kirk Duncan Kirk Duncan ... David Clarke
Tanya Maree Tanya Maree ... Vicky
Barney Gelfan Barney Gelfan ... Detective
John Armond John Armond ... Nick
Lyle Felice Lyle Felice ... Vito
Joey Benson Joey Benson ... Lt. Ward
John Talbert John Talbert ... Curtis


A mad scientist implants an electronic device into the brain of an injured soldier, which turns him into a psychotic killer.

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Human zombies rise from their coffins as living corpses!


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January 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fiend with the Electronic Brain See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Tahoe, California, USA

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2.35 : 1
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Originally filmed in the late 1960s as a robbery crime-drama, it sat on the shelf for two years before new footage incorporating the zombie plot were shot by investors who wanted a less serious horror flick. See more »

Alternate Versions

Director Al Adamson filmed the first version, Echo of Terror, a straightforward heist movie, in 1964. Adamson and producer Sam Sherman could not interest any distributor in releasing the movie. Several new scenes were added in 1965 (some featured actor John Carradine) and the result was a more horrific, science-fiction themed version, Psycho A Go-Go. That version was also unreleasable. Allied Artists TV approached Sherman with a request for a color horror movie to add to their package of movies for sale to American TV stations. Adamson responded by filming new scenes that added a zombie and mad doctor subplot, featuring Tommy Kirk, Kent Taylor and Regina Carroll, and the vastly re-edited film was sold to TV as The Man With The Synthetic Brain. A few scenes were cut for TV (including a strangulation murder), but Adamson added the violence and gore into a theatrical version of Synthetic Brain, titled Blood of Ghastly Horror. See more »


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Seen on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater in 1977
27 May 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Blood of Ghastly Horror" first began life as an unreleased Al Adamson heist feature from 1964 titled "Echo of Terror," then with new footage of go-go dancers and a brutal stabbing slipped out from Hemisphere Pictures in 1965 as "Psycho A-Go-Go" (not to be confused with "Two Tickets to Terror," in reality a rerelease title for 1961's "Half Way to Hell"). Adamson shot new footage of John Carradine in 1966, resulting in a second release, as "Fiend with the Electronic Brain," playing in selected Southern states as early as Dec 1967, courtesy David L. Hewitt's American General Pictures. By 1969, still more footage was shot, with Kent Taylor and Regina Carrol (Mrs. Al Adamson), and still later Tommy Kirk, resulting in what producer Samuel M. Sherman accurately described as an 'interesting editing exercise.' The finished (?) product was issued in 1972 by Sherman's Independent-International Pictures Corporation, simultaneously playing on television under yet another new title, "Man with the Synthetic Brain." Only a devotee of outright schlock could really appreciate what remains, provided they possess the knowledge of its convoluted backstory. We begin with a zombie-like creature named Akro (Richard Smedley) committing several murders, switching gears to a police investigation conducted by Sgt. Cross (Tommy Kirk), relating the background on Dr. Howard Vanard (John Carradine, entering at the 17 minute mark), who had implanted an 'artificial brain component' into almost dead Vietnam veteran Joe Corey (Roy Morton). He succeeded in saving Corey's life, but turned him into a homicidal maniac, later avenging himself on the remorseful Vanard by strapping him into his own device and electrocuting him (at the 37 minutes mark). Sgt. Cross now follows the trail of Dr. Elton Corey (Kent Taylor), father of the dead Joe Corey, who uses his voodoo powers to create the hideous Akro, seeking vengeance now against Dr. Vanard's daughter Susan (Regina Carrol), with most of the final half hour consisting of the original unissued heist footage, and Joe Corey's high altitude pursuit of stolen diamonds. As a director, Al Adamson displays a casual disregard for narrative competence, coupled with an inability to even focus the camera in the right direction, often leaving the performers off screen as they spoke. John Carradine is the biggest name in the cast, and is accorded top billing over Kent Taylor, who only enters at the halfway point, once Carradine's bespectacled scientist bites the dust. Tommy Kirk is the other veteran actor, not what one would expect for a solemn police sergeant, but as the only actor to work with both Al Adamson and Larry Buchanan ("Mars Needs Women," "It's Alive!"), deserves a measure of respect for surviving such highs and lows in a screen career soon to fade. "Blood of Ghastly Horror" is undeniably a bad film, but "Horror of the Blood Monsters" reached a new low even for Al Adamson. Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater aired this film once, July 23 1977, paired with second feature "The Black Cat" (1941).

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