Scream Factory Presents: The Brain That Wouldn’t Die On Blu-Ray

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“Horror has its ultimate and I am that.” – Jan in the Pan

Our friends from Scream Factory have another cult classic to slip into the stocking of your favorite horror fan this Holiday as they’ve just released 1962’s The Brain That Wouldn’t Die on a Special Edition Blu-Ray today.

Directed by Joseph Green in 1959 and co-written by Rex Carlton, TBTWD or as it was sometimes entitled “The Head That Wouldn’t Die” has become something of a cult favorite thanks in no small part to being featured on episode 513 of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the first episode for Mike Nelson.

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The story for TBTWD concerns an egotistical if gifted surgeon, Dr. Bill Cortner (Jason Evers), who has discovered through his “ungodly” experiments the means to keep individual body parts alive. Which is quite fortunate for him as when he and his fiance Jan Compton (Virginia Leith) that night get into a horrible car accident, which leaves Jan decapitated. Bill secrets her head away to his private laboratory where he brings life back to her albeit without a body of course.

To the shock of Cortner and his lab assistant, Kurt (Leslie Daniel), Jan pleads to them to let her just die, but her fiance vows that he will find her a suitable body and so begins to stalk burlesque bars as well as Women on the street to find…the perfect body for Jan.

An unforeseen side effect of the liquid in Jan’s pan is that she develops telepathic abilities. This allows her to communicate with the hideous mutant…possibly the result of failed experiments of Dr. Cortner’s that he keeps locked in the basement. Jan who has not been given he release has decided to lash and punish those who have mettled with the natural order.

Will Jan get her revenge? You will just have to find out for yourself when you pick up The Brain That Wouldn’t Die on Blu-Ray! This being a Screan Factory release as we have come to expect does have some wonderful special features:

NEW High Definition (1080p) Transfer From The Negative Restored To Its Uncut Version
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Episode – The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (Standard Definition)
NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian And Author Steve Haberman And Writer Tony Sasso
Alternate Scene From The International Cut
Theatrical Trailer
Still Gallery

You can pick up your copy today or just hop over to Scream Factory’s Official Site and order a copy for yourself!


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