Midnight Rec: The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

The Brain That Wouldn't Die is one of the quintessential mad scientist films of the black and white era. Part science fiction, part fantasy, and part horror, director/writer Joseph Green's film is considered one of the most accessible and entertaining so-bad-it's-good B-movies. The acting is mostly overblown, the screenplay preachy, the camerawork shaky (literally), and the entire film very campy. It starts with intellectual promise, then descends into...well...it certainly doesn't stick to a meditation on medicinal practices and the right to experimentation, that's for sure.

The Brain That Wouldn't Die should be well known to Mystery Science 3000 fans. This was the first film ever mocked on the series. Do not be fooled into thinking this is a meritless feature. The plotting of the film is strong, Virginia Leith is quite good as the titular character, and the editing of the film is beautifully done. With a higher budget, this would probably have been a very good film. As it stands, it's an entertaining B-movie that is watchable at times for all the wrong reason.

The full film is embedded below the jump for your convenience. Microwave some popcorn, pour a glass of soda, and enjoy this midnight rec when the sun goes down.

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Opening in Theaters: 8 January 2010