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The film that should have died,
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Avoid this one like the plague ! I gave up watching after half an hour. The transfer was dire and the sound was equally diabolical, with the dialogue frequently out of sync with the lip movements. At the very start of the film where the scene is set in an operating theatre we find out that the the three-man team consists of a 'Frankenstinian' type surgeon, his father and his fiancee. Then I knew that I was in for a long haul. When the 'surgeon' turns out to be someone who totally ignores road-sign warnings and thus drives his fiancee to death in an inferno, instead of feeling some sympathy for the innocent deceased girl, I couldn't help laughing as the dazed 'surgeon' cradles the wrapped up detached head as he ponders on the possibility of resurrecting her brain. The sleazy night-club with its hostesses who knew as much about acting as the main roles was ludicrous. As for the creature in the closet I could bear it no more and switched off. I had real sympathy for Virginia Leith who deserved a better role than being submerged in a tank for so long. The long shots of her detached head in the lab were a real hoot. It looked like a mask of Peter Lorre. I assume that this was made on a cheap budget, but it is sad that in 1959 cinemagoers were subjected to such junk. Quite clearly it is derived from 'Donovan's Brain', a much better movie, but not the sort that I would wish to buy. At least this film was cheap at the price - as no doubt were the actors.