Wow! They actually had some gore back in 1962!
The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)
Directed By: Joseph Green (The Perils of P.K.)
As I pointed out in my last review, there are many classic horror films that are worthy of watching. Every now and again you run into stuff like that last pile of crap I reviewed “The Beast of Yucca Flats” and ever now and again you get one that while it isn’t “Night of the Living Dead”, it’s not half bad it’s self.
I’m sure you’ve heard of this movie and maybe even seen it, but you just don’t remember. It had a pretty popular appearance on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (it was the first movie the series had on the show). It popped up on the old Steve Martin movie “The Man With Two Brains” and so on and so forth, and while many use it to poke fun at..it’s really not THAT bad in my humble opinion.
We get the old school mad scientist plot with this one, or perhaps it was somewhat new for it’s time since it was 1962? But the story goes like this, 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…Sounds fun huh? I guess this is was motivation for many movies to come like “Frankenhooker”?
Now this movie isn’t by any means “good” but it’s not really that bad either. I’d call it good campy fun if I had to toss a label on it. While you won’t get tons of blood all over the place in this black and white film, you do get a very fair share of gore for the time. Gore that I bet had many people on the edge of their seats given the time frame of which this movie was released. I know I was shocked to see it and it was very welcomed from my point of view. As it would turn out this film was really a pioneer for the gore that would later come in movies much later on.
The story here as corny as it sounds does manage to keep attention as we follow this mad man on his way to trying to find the woman with just the right body to attach to the head of his lady, while his woman on the other hand just wants to die..and really in her shape who could blame her??
Keep in mind however that our mad scientist here has some other odd projects still hanging around (and one even locked in a closet) at his house that when added to the mix makes the interest level of the viewer go up just enough to help hold your attention.
Given the year this movie came out it could have been a whole lot worse my friends. But lucky for us all that doesn’t seem to be the case as it’s a fairly enjoyable film..However it will just be enjoyable mostly to those who have a love for the classics and can appreciate it, it’s not for everyone.
If you are into the a good old fashion film for yesteryear then by all means give this one a view, like with many of the old horror films you can find in just about any store in the dollar bin or collecting dust on the shelves..or in the case of this one, laying on a table at someone’s yard-sale, you can actually watch this film online just about anywhere movies are shown for free (youtube, google video, imdb ect) as this film has long since fell into public domain.
That being said, it wasn’t good enough to get a high rating as I try to save those for the truly worthy and this one, while interesting, doesn’t have enough to earn much more than a 3.
The Rating (3.5/10)