The Brain That Wouldn't Die
The Brain That Wouldn't Die (also known as The Head That Wouldn't Die) is a 1962 American science fiction horror film directed by Joseph Green and written by Green and Rex Carlton. The film was completed in 1959 under the working title The Black Door but was not theatrically released until May 3, 1962, when it was released under its renamed title on a double bill with Invasion of the Star Creatures.The main plot focuses upon a mad doctor who develops a means to keep human body parts alive. He keeps a woman's severed head alive for days, and keeps a lumbering, misshapened brute (one of his earlier failed experiments) imprisoned in a closet.Dr. Bill Cortner (Jason Evers) saves a patient who had been pronounced dead, but the senior surgeon, Cortnerâ€™s father (Bruce Brighton), condemns his sonâ€™s unorthodox methods and transplant theories.While driving to his familyâ€™s country house, Cortner and his beautiful fiancÃ©e Jan Compton (Virginia Leith) get into a car accident that decapitates Jan. Cortner recovers her severed head and rushes to his country house basement laboratory. He and his crippled assistant Kurt (Anthony La Penna) revive the head in a liquid-filled tray. But Jan's new existence is agony and she begs Cortner to let her die. He ignores her pleas and she grows to resent him.
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