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Housesitter: The Night They Saved Siegfried's Brain

USA 1987/2018
produced by
Richard Gasparian, Robin Nuyen, Marc A. Nuyen (executive) for Basement Productions
directed by Robin Nuyen
starring Richard Gasparian, David Karsten, John Olive, Dani Carpenter, Vern Stillwell, Lyda Stillwell, Robert Small, Mark Pitta (voice), Cindy Coggins, Peter Strong, Robin Nuyen, Phillip B. Siegfried, Steven Van Hoof, Joe A. Nuyen, Armen Gasparian, Chris Nuyen, Vivant Angie, Art Andonian, Robert Small, Jack Ragotzy, Frederick Eagle Royce III, Renee Zak, Holly Kaplan, J.W. Fletcher, David Perrine, Sandra L. Simpson, Carlos Nucci, Stephen James Carver, John Zito, Eric McConnell, Richard Flaherty, Mark Saughnessy, Tami Strong, Sharon H. Williams
written by Richard Gasparian, Robin Nuyen, music by Steve Yeaman, head of special effects: John Schneider

review by
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Andy (Richard Gasparian) is a student dabbling in the field of brain transference. But when he presents his findings to the science council of his university, the experiment fails big time. However he impresses Dr. Ambrose Crosby (David Karsten), whose researches cover the same area, but who realizes Andy has actually succeeded in some aspects he has failed. Dr. Crosby though has sinister motives as he wants to transfer the mind of brilliant scientist Dr. Siegfried into his own brain. And thus he and his wife Cora (Lyda Stillwell) spring fellow scientist Dr. Himmel Schwartz (Vern Stillwell) from the madhouse, then Crosby asks Andy to be his housesitter for the weekend, as he knows Andy's best friend Mitch (John Olive) will persuade him to throw a big party there. Why is that a good thing? Because Crosby needs 13 brains of recently deceased people for the transference to succeed, and how to better get freshly deceased bodies than killing them at a student party where everyone's too drunk to notice anyone else missing. So while Andy sings for his girlfriend Babe (Dani Carpenter) in Elvis Presley outfit, Crosby starts killing. And Andy would be totally unaware of that if it wasn't for Crosby's son Roger (Robert Small), a man with the mind of a boy the good doctor has experimented on a few times too often, who eventually kidnaps Babe - after saving her from her rapey ex (Peter Strong) -, and while looking for her, Andy stumbles into Crosby's secret (black and white) lab, and the corpses that come with it ...

 

Actually filmed in its entirety in 1987 but then spending 30+ years on the shelves, Housesitter: The Night They Saved Siegfried's Brain is not exactly a lost classic - but a fun reminder of what made 80s horror comedies so much fun: The plot is basically as ridiculous as it is far-fetched and an excuse for crude humour sprinkled with violence - or the other was round, really -, made all the more funny because it's about as irreverent as the hero wearing an Elvis costume during most of the film. So there's no message, no deeper meaning here, no satire or ironic hindsight, this is just fun for fun's sake, and even if the jokes might be on the hit-or-miss side, the whole thing is a nostalgic and highly entertaining ride.

 

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