You think you really know the woman you love - until you take her decapitated head, put it in a pan, and keep it alive with your own special blend of neck juice. Dr. Bill Cortner (Jason Evers), a new-breed doctor who bravely goes where most doctors (at least, those not named Frankenstein) fear to tread, could have just let his fiance Jan (Virginia Leith) die after her head gets chopped off in an auto accident. Instead, he grabbed her head, hustled it up to his personal lab, set it up all nice and neat in his own special recipe of life-maintaining gravy, and went out in search of a new body for the woman he loved. But does Peggy appreciate everything Bill has done for her? Nooooo. Not one bit. All she does is turn into the mouth that wouldn't shut up and makes "you should have let me die" her new mantra. Apparently, all of her nice qualities were located in her torso because she turns into a vengeful little spitfire who proclaims herself the leader of the doctor's army of mutant creations (all one of them). In her defense, Dr. Cortner is one weird dude with a pretty disturbing hairstyle, but she knew that before she dropped 95% of her body mass. Maybe she's just mad that the selective doctor is seeking an upgrade model for her new body, but you can hardly blame the guy for that. Why settle for pancakes when you can have the whole hungry man's breakfast?
The Brain That Wouldn't Die is everything a campy cult classic should be, with its radical experimental medicine, bloody amputations, a talking decapitated head, a deformed monster, and a really cheap set. It even features some nice point-of-view shots that earn it bonus points in my book. The filmmakers may have had a hard time even remembering the name of the film (it's listed as The Head That Wouldn't Die in the end credits), but The Brain That Wouldn't Die is nothing less than schlock-tastic. Don't buy the regular DVD of the film, though, not when you can get the original film itself included alongside the hilariously heckled version on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVD release.