Moonlight Frights: The Brain That Wouldn’t Die

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. I think the title says it all. I picked this film up a few months ago while my house was being renovated and thought to myself how nice it’d be to move to the countryside. That is, until, you realize you might be visiting the home of a sinister and deceitful doctor. But I digress — not all doctors are murderers. And not all doctors can afford a comfy cabin out in the country with a basement that doubles as a laboratory. Well this one might, but that might be a case of inheriting it from his also scholarly and slightly inept father. At this rate, I’d sue the hospital for malpractice.

As for this 1962 flick that was delayed for several years, we see a surgeon’s failure in saving his patient. Immediately, our antagonistic doctor takes over and revives said patient. When he’s alerted of a problem at his country house, Dr. Bill Cortner takes his lovely girlfriend and nurse, Jan (Virginia Leith) to see the source of his frustration. Undeterred by the caution signs on the road, Bill speeds up only to wreck Jan’s car. Our doctor finds himself thrown from the vehicle (wear your seat belts, kids!) and miraculously survives. Unfortunately for Jan (Mansfield), she is decapitated in the fiery wreckage. Through the power of science, our doctor seeks to keep his lover alive in his lab.

But it’s not just his dedication to his love that brings out the worst in him — it’s the monster he keeps locked inside the closet! Once Jan awakens from her morphine haze, she has a telepathic communication with the beast behind the door. And she’s begging him to free himself and destroy the doctor for his inhumane experimentation. But if I have to live as only a head, I’d beg for sweet release.

Enjoy the theatrical version of The Brain That Wouldn’t Die below. I know I did. Because only the mindless allow themselves to be corrupted by medical science.

Andie Castillo

20 something year old Texan. Queer. Walking disco ball. Wine enthusiast.

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