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Brain of Blood
Brain Damage / The Creature's Revenge / The Oozing Skull / The Undying Brain / The Brain

USA 1972
produced by
Al Adamson, Sam Sherman, Kane W.Lynn (executive) for Independent International, Phil-Am Enterprises/Hemisphere Pictures
directed by Al Adamson
starring Grant Williams, Kent Taylor, John Bloom, Regina Carrol, Vicki Volante, Angelo Rossitto, Reed Hadley, Zandor Vorkov, Richard Smedley, Gus Peters, Margo Hope, Bruce Kimball, Ervin Saunders, Mike Haven
story by Sam Sherman, screenplay by Kane W.Lynn, Joe Van Rodgers

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Amir (Reed Hadley), benevolent ruler of Kalid, is dying - but his three confidants, Bob (Grant Williams), Tracey (Regina Carrol) and Mohammed (Zandor Vorkov) have found a way to keep him alive - via brain transplantation, performed by one American doctor Trenton (Kent Taylor). Thing is, the whole thing has to be kept top secret, plus Doc Trenton's methods are not especially legal.

Trenton needs a donor, who would volunteer to give up his body to Amir's brain ... so he sends out his hulking brute Gor (John Bloom) to get him one, but the donor, a no-good burglar (Mike HAven) gets squashed when Gor persuades him to volunteer, so Doc Trenton decides to take the horribly disfigured Gor as his donor.

Meanwhile, Trenton sees to it that Bob and Mohammed are killed in a car accident, but somehow Bob survives the ordeal, hooks up with Tracey, and tells her there's someone trying to sabotage the whole deal - not realizing it is Trenton himself, who wanted to get Bob and Mohammed out of the way to get Amir under his control, and also not realizing that Tracey is secretly in cahoots with Trenton.

Tracey and Bob arrive at the doctor's just when it's time to wake up from his brain transplant for Amir ... but Amir is less than pleased with his new look. Tracey helps him escape from the doctor's lab and tells him that Bob is in cahoots with the saboteurs, so Amir (in Gor's body of course) knocks him out and the Doctor has him thrown into his dungeon before going after Tracey and Amir.

In the dungeon, Bob meets Katherine (Vicki Volante), and the two manage to overcome Trenton's assistant (Angelo Rossitto) and escape.

Bob then tries to track down Amir, and finally catches up with him when Trenton and Tracey are about to persuade him to follow their cause. For some inexplicable reason, Bob then tries to kill Amir - after all Amir was the ruler he loved and is now the least guilty party of them all - but makes a poor job of it, so Trenton orders Amir to kill Bob ... and somehow, Tracey gets mixed up in it too and is also killed.

In the end, Amir's brain has been transplanted into Bob's body, and he has returned to his country to continue and rule it - but rule it only in Doc Trenton's interest.

 

Enjoyable low budget drive-in trash: The story does not make all that much sense, the action is not all that well-staged, and some of the more sleazy elements of the film are simply left unexplained (like why does diminuitive lab assistant Angelo Rossitto keep women chained up in the dungeon) ... but then, that's also part of the film's charme, a film that's an exercise in cinematic bluntness (on a budget) and in-your-face horror - especially the brain transplantation sequence - mixed with a few action sequences.

In a word, it's fun. Silly yes, but fun as well.

 

By the way, Brain of Blood was advertised as the fourth part of the Filipino Blood Island series, and Kent Taylor, the film's main villain, actually was in Brides of Blood (1966) while the film's score was lifted from Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968) but other than that the film has nothing to do with the series. It was just that Hemisphere Pictures, the Blood Island series' co-producer and importer, wanted to cash in on these recent successes.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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