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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Psychotronic Movie of the Week: THE HEAD (1959)

West Germany

Produced by Wolfgang Hartwig
Directed by Victor Trivas 

Michael J Weldon writes in The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film:

"Amazing but true - the same year that The Brain That Wouldn't Die was produced, some Germans were making this similar decapitation epic. Michel Simon (a famous French actor who had seen better days) has invented serum Z. He uses it to keep a dog's head alive. His new co-worker, Dr. Ood (Horst Frank), cuts off Simon's chubby head and keeps it alive with the serum. Not wanting to be upstaged by the American counterpart, the director also has Ood put the pretty head of a crippled nurse on the perfect body of a stripper. The nurse/stripper falls in love with the stripper's boyfriend, who recognizes the nurse, but not the body! Incredible, to say the least, and the special effects are pathetic."