"The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1959) (Special Edition)" Review

Synopsis: After a horrible accident, Dr. Bill Cortner (Jason Evers) rescues his fiancée, Jan (Virginia Leith), by keeping her disembodied head alive in a dish. Cortner hunts for the perfect female body for his love, but Jan wishes he'd just let her die. Soon, Jan develops telepathic powers and begins communicating with one of the doctor's failed experiments, a hideously deformed beast he stores under the stairs.

Review: Finally after seeing this film cut up badly on budget DVDs  I get to view this film in it's original uncut form. I have been a fan of these type of films from the 50's for most of my life and I have seen all the classic B films as well as the not so classic ones, but among all that I have seen this film is one of my favorites. You get all the cheese and schlock mixed with a very cool plot. The acting is very laughable at times especially when it comes to Dr. Cortner almost every time he talks, the only exception to the bad acting rule for this film is the character Jan. I really liked her in this film because the actress playing her really made me feel the suffering she was going through and when it came to her revenge I couldn't help cheering for her. One other character I want to mention is the deformed being that Jan uses to get her revenge, he kinda looks like a mixture between Pluto (The Hills Have Eyes 1977) and The Cyclops (The Cyclops 1957). Looking back at this film it seems very much like other films like Re-Animator (1986) have been influenced by this film which is awesome because this is a great film that I hope more generations discover and get influenced from. The only thing I have to mention about this DVD that confused me was the fact that it says 85 minutes on the back but the film only runs a tad under 83 minutes, maybe it's a misprint. Overall this is a very cool sci-fi horror film that if you go into with a good sense of humor then you surely will have fun with!

-Daniel Damnation

Director: Joseph Green
Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror
DVD Release Year: 2000
Theatrical Release Year: 1959
Time Length: 85 mins.
Company: Synapse Films

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