The Brain That Wouldn't Die/Fun Facts
From The Grindhouse Cinema Database
- Original plans were for the last reel to be in color, with the doctor's head being cut off. Scenes were filmed with rats menacing the head.
- Filmed in 1959 but, due to various legal and censorship problems, not released until 1962.
- The last title shot reads "The Head That Wouldn't Die".
- At least a few of Virginia Leith's lines were dubbed by Doris Brent, who played a nurse in this film. Reportedly Leith hated the film so much she refused to return for post-production.
- The severed-head character of Jan is called "Jan in the Pan" by popular culture.
- The DVD version boasts an alternative version of the scene where the model poses for photographers in a more skimpy, semi-nude negligee.
- The film was rejected for UK cinema in 1961 when submitted as "The Head That Wouldn't Die" and finally received a DVD certificate in 2006.
- When the blonde and brunette stripper start wrestling, the camera pans to pictures of cats on the wall to show that they are having a "catfight."
- This was the first movie watched by Michael J. Nelson after Joel Hodgson had left in the previous episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). (See Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) and Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1993).)
- The sets for the production were all housed in the basement of a New York hotel.
- Two of the film's cast members made quiz show appearances with Johnny Carson. Lola Mason was a contestant on a 1958 episode of Who Do You Trust? (1956), hosted by Carson. Paula Maurice appeared as one of the impostors on a 1961 episode of To Tell the Truth (1956), on which Carson was a guest panelist.
- The film was shot in 13 days.