The Brain That Wouldn't Die
Horror, science fiction, by Joseph Green, United States, 1962.
Dr. Bill Cortner saves a patient who was pronounced dead, but the senior surgeon, Bill's father, condemns his son's unorthodox transplant methods and theories. While driving to his family home, Bill and his attractive future wife Jan Compton are involved in a car accident in which his wife is decapitated. Costs recovers the head and hurries to the laboratory in the cellar of his house. He and his maimed sidekick Kurt revive the head in a tray filled with liquid. Jan's new existence is unbearable and the woman begs Bill to let her die, but the scientist refuses: he wants to find a new body for Jan. He looks for a suitable woman in a burlesque club, on the street and in a beauty contest.
Directed by Joseph Green and written by Green and Rex Carlton the film was finished in 1959 under the title The Black Door, but was not released until May 3, 1962, with its new title as a double feature with Invasion of the Star Creatures . The particular narrative device of a mad doctor who discovers a way to keep a human head alive has been used before in the literature, with various other versions on this theme. It shares numerous story elements with the West German horror film The Head (1959).
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