The Brain That Wouldn't Die
The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

When a wild-eyed surgeon accidentally decapitates his pretty fiancee in a car accident, he rushes her head to his secret laboratory, where he connects it to a flimsy-looking life-support apparatus and sets out immediately to find a suitable… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 10, 1962
DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rob Gonsalves

How can anyone not love a movie in which a woman's bitter disembodied head snarls to a mutant locked in a closet, "I'm only a head ... and you're whatever you are..."?

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Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily

Not as good as 'Aby-Normal', but fun.

Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Oh, it died.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

One of those so-bad-it's-good-to-experience-at-least-once-in-a-lifetime efforts, this grade-Z cheapie is pretty wretched yet deserves extra credit for being so brazenly bizarre.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Pretty awful in its un-MST3Ked incarnation.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)


Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Z-budget cheapie exploitation mad scientist film from AIP.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

One of the campiest of all the tacky, cheapo horror films. This is so entertainingly bad, that's it's good. A true guilty pleasure!

Scott Weinberg

Hey, they mocked it on MST3K for good reason!

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Flixster Audience Score: 27% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Against her will, a scientist searches for a body for his decapitated fiancee. Deranged b-movie full of sleaze, mutants, cheap gore, purple prose, and general… More
Aj V
I thought this was a very cool mad scientist horror movie, but then they kept playing on TV all the time, and I got annoyed with it. Anyway, the story is good,… More
Tim Salmons
Of all the movies I've been seeing lately of this type that had any potential of being a classic, I think The Brain That Wouldn't Die probably has the… More
Robert C
Once again... If it wasn't for Elvira's intermissions and asides, there would be no reason for sitting through this. I fun idea...but cheaply made,… More
Zach Brehany
The Brain That Wouldn't Die is a perfect example of what a B-Movie is: Boring script, slow pacing, and actors that make Tommy Wiseau look good. Now, the… More
Tim Barker
The video picture that I saw for this movie actually shows the mutant that is withheld until the very end of the movie. That's gotta be the first time I… More