Brain that Wouldn't Die (1962)
Jan (Virginia Leith)? Can you hear me, Jan? It's your fiancée speaking. Doctor Bill Cortner (Jason Evers). Now if you can manage to open those beautiful big eyes of yours, I'd like to tell you what's been going on.
You see, earlier in the day both you and I were in a car crash together. And although I was lucky enough to walk away from it fairly foot loose and fancy free, you on the other hand weren't as fortunate.
But don't worry though, my dear. Using my special serum my friend Kurt (Anthony La Penna) and I were able to bring you back to life. Or to be more specific -- your head back to life -- just your head! So with any luck I might be able to find another body nearby and transplant it underneath your cranium.
No. Not that body belonging to the hideous looking creature locked behind that door, princess. Some other body! You know. Like a body belonging to a local stripper, perhaps? Or maybe a lingerie models body?
Then again, that's most probably why what next transpires all goes menopausal when you look up at me and say, 'Over my dead body will you get me a new body, Bill. I'd rather die instead'. As a doctor turns into a dirty little perv - a disabled side-kick looses his bloody nerve - Doris Powell (Adele Lamont) has an amazing rack - and at the end of the day, a hideous looking creature finally fights back.
On the whole I'd say 'The Brain That Wouldn't Die' reminded me of an old Roger Corman horror flick developed during this era. Essentially it's a fairly baroque adventure -- and I do mean fairly baroque -- about a scientist who looses his fiancées body -- literally -- and then, for the so-called benefit of medical science, tries to make her whole again in a very voyeuristic fashion.
But come off it, my friend. If you were in this man's shoes, wouldn't you spend your time consoling your girlfriend, rather than perving at any bit of skirt who'd come your way? I wouldn't. And I don't think any other decent boyfriend would, either. And that -- for me -- was the only thing about this film I wasn't too keen on. The rest of it on the other hand was just my cup of tea.
Simply put, it had a very earthy and suspenseful quality I just adored following. Even though the acting style was somewhat mannered in tone -- namely, those supporting players -- it did possess a fairly forward thinking message relating to transplantation, that anyone -- like myself -- would understand due to its repercussive overtones.
Well, in the past I've had to have two corneal transplants -- two, over a period of four years -- and in each case I thank medical science for being daring enough to defy nature. Because if they didn't, I don't think I'd be able to write this review -- insert joke here -- and that's one of the main reasons productions such as this one possesses a good argument for medical advancements, as well as the need to sanctify those advancements at any given stage during their development.
Overall I'd say 'The Brain That Wouldn't Die' was a pretty decent film to sit down and watch, especially if you're a voyeuristic ex-transplant patient who wants to follow an adventure that's one part titivating, one part mannered, and all parts baroque.
Come on, baby. You know you want it. As this film will definitely give you head, Ha! Nuff said.
THE RATING: B+