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4.0 out of 5 stars The fine line between scientific genius and obsessive fanaticism, 1 Mar 2012
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This review is from: The Brain That Wouldn't Die [DVD] (DVD)
Quality melodrama. A brilliant but otherwise completely normal surgeon has developed a new compound whereby he conducts experiments involving imbuing life into lumps of tissue, keeping disembodied heads alive and creating a creature out of limbs stolen from amputees which he keeps alive in a closet at his country home.
Due to his negligent driving he has almost killed his young lady. Almost killed I say; she has lost her head but that is no obstacle to this fellow.
In a quite amusing scene he reaches in thru the wreckage of the burning car and scoops up her head in his jacket before running off to his country house lab with his 'girlfriend' Pretty soon the head is all rigged up on a table as good as new although she will only stay alive like this for 48-50 hours.
Like any doting boyfriend would he sets out around the sleazy joints to give the once over to as many female forms as he can in order to choose a nice new (and preferably busty judging by his scrutiny) body to replace the car damaged and burnt one for 'her indoors'!
Anyway the head is rather narked at her plight and in between groaning 'Let me die' she is winding up the thing in the closet and getting it to do her bidding to delighted howls of laughter from herself.
After much perusing of the beautiful ladies and one catfight he brings his chosen one back to his for coffee and decapitation, it all goes a bit pear shaped with the head just getting on his nerves and being really lippy though a plaster across the mouth soon puts paid to that!
Some great dialogue as well. I liked the good Doctors imploring remark to the head that 'wanting to keep you alive isn't a crime' no but murdering and sawing the head off the drugged lady on the operating table in front of you and co-opting her body for your wifes head might be considered as a tad impolite Doc!
There are a couple of killings and a nice bit of blood for a black and white film which looked really good. A very enjoyable film that occasionally has pacing problems. Great sleazy music and sleazy broads as well. Quite reminiscent in theme to Eyes Without A Face [1959] [DVD] which may even have been the same year but not as stylish or ethereal as that French film which is also really recommended.
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