The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

71 mins | Horror | May 1962

Director:

Joseph Green

Producer:

Rex Carlton

Cinematographer:

Stephen Hajnal

Production Designer:

Paul Fanning

Production Company:

Rex Carlton Productions
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HISTORY

The 18 Dec 1961 DV included the picture’s working title, The Black Door, among upcoming 1962 releases from American International Pictures (AIP). On 14 Feb 1962, Var noted that Eddie Carmel, the “tallest man on earth,” appeared in the film, which was re-titled The Head That Wouldn’t Die.
       Released that summer as The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, the picture earned $25,000 in its first week at a Kansas City, MO, drive-in theater, sharing the bill with another AIP release, Burn, Witch, Burn (1962, see entry). Openings continued late into the year, as evidenced by box-office reports in the 7 Nov 1962 Var.
Location scenes filmed near Tarrytown, New York, in 1959. Herb Evers is also credited as Jason ... More Less

The 18 Dec 1961 DV included the picture’s working title, The Black Door, among upcoming 1962 releases from American International Pictures (AIP). On 14 Feb 1962, Var noted that Eddie Carmel, the “tallest man on earth,” appeared in the film, which was re-titled The Head That Wouldn’t Die.
       Released that summer as The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, the picture earned $25,000 in its first week at a Kansas City, MO, drive-in theater, sharing the bill with another AIP release, Burn, Witch, Burn (1962, see entry). Openings continued late into the year, as evidenced by box-office reports in the 7 Nov 1962 Var.
Location scenes filmed near Tarrytown, New York, in 1959. Herb Evers is also credited as Jason Evers. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
18 Dec 1961
p. 4.
Variety
14 Feb 1962
p. 50.
Variety
25 Jul 1962
p. 9.
Variety
7 Nov 1962
p. 8.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Black Door
The Head That Wouldn't Die
Release Date:
May 1962
Duration(in mins):
71
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Surgeon Bill Cortner, who robs graves to obtain organs for his transplant experiments, has an automobile wreck in which his fiancée, Jan, is decapitated. He rushes her head to his laboratory where, with various drugs and equipment, he is able to keep the brain alive. Although Jan pleads with Cortner to let her die, he abducts Doris Powell, a disfigured photographer's model with a beautiful body, which he intends to attach to his fiancée's head. Jan, however, manages to communicate with a demented, captive monster created by Cortner's previous operations; when the creature escapes and sets the laboratory on fire, killing both the doctor and his assistant, Doris is freed and Jan's suffering ... +


Surgeon Bill Cortner, who robs graves to obtain organs for his transplant experiments, has an automobile wreck in which his fiancée, Jan, is decapitated. He rushes her head to his laboratory where, with various drugs and equipment, he is able to keep the brain alive. Although Jan pleads with Cortner to let her die, he abducts Doris Powell, a disfigured photographer's model with a beautiful body, which he intends to attach to his fiancée's head. Jan, however, manages to communicate with a demented, captive monster created by Cortner's previous operations; when the creature escapes and sets the laboratory on fire, killing both the doctor and his assistant, Doris is freed and Jan's suffering ends. +

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