Friday, June 28, 2013

The Atomic Brain (1963)

Director: Joseph V. Mascelli

Starring: Marjorie Eaton, Frank Gerstle, Frank Fowler, Erika Peters, Judy Bamber, Lisa Lang, Xerxes, Bradford Dillman, Margie Fisco

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Chained... to the devil's love lab!

Plot: Mrs. March, sadistic, selfish, and rich, uses her aging gigolo boyfriend and renegade scientist Otto Frank, whose illegal experiments she is subsidizing in her Gothic mansion, in a plan to transplant her brain into the body of a young woman. Three foreign domestics: Mexican Anita, British Bea, and Austrian Nina, are hired. Frank's mysterious and unexplained use of radiation can inexplicably transplant brains without surgery. After he puts a cat's brain into Anita and she literally scratches out Bea's eye, Nina becomes the prospective receptacle for Mrs. March's aging but still active libido.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Aka MONSTROSITY, this so-so one hour long horror picture is in the vein of Edgar Allen Poe and THE TWILIGHT ZONE.  You could easily cut 10-15 minutes just from the extra fat of extended scenes which I presume are there for filler to pad this out.  The only thing I really dug was the ending which only ends well for one person but even still they leave it open to doom for that character after the cameras are off. 

Wow!  Just...WOW!

It's one of three pictures and a shitload of great extras on a Something Weird Video DVD.  The extras alone are usually good enough to keep the disc but maybe one of the other two pictures will make it worthwhile.

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