The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)
A Doctor Experimenting with Transplant Techniques



The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) - A doctor experimenting with transplant techniques keeps his girlfriend's head alive when she is decapitated in a car crash, then goes hunting for a new body.

Dr. Bill Cortner (Herb Evans) is a brilliant surgeon who saves the life of a patient that his father Dr. Cortner (Bruce Brighton) is operating on.

Bill uses one of the techniques that he has been researching in his studies on amputated limbs and the ability to keep them alive.


The research Bill has used is controversial because the ethics involved include using body parts of expired patients. Dr. Cortner appreciates his sons assistance but warns him to proceed carefully.

As Bill meets up with his fiancée Jan Compton (Virginia Leith) to make plans for the weekend a call comes in from Kurt (Leslie Daniel), the doctor assisting Bill at his country house, that there is a problem in the basement.

As Bill hurried drives toward the house with Jan by his side the car accidentally goes off the road and Jan is decapitated. Bill rushes the head of the woman to his country house and keeps it alive with the intention of killing a woman for her body and transplanting it onto Jans head.

One of Bills earlier experiments is being kept locked in the basement and becomes more violent as time proceeds.

Jans surviving body part, her head resents being kept alive and communicates with the thing living in the closet, telling it to break out.

As Bill searches for the perfect female body for Jans head, he meets several women, finally meeting up with a former friend Donna Williams (Lola Mason) whose scarred face Bill promises to eradicate with plastic surgery.

As Bill brings Donna back to the country house a startling reaction from the creature in the closet causes astounding results.