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They Saved Hitler's Brain
They Saved Hitler's Brain
Actors: Walter Stocker, Audrey Caire, Carlos Rivas, John Holland, Marshall Reed
Director: David Bradley
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
NR     2000     1hr 32min

Connoisseurs of bad movies rank this execration as an all-time favorite, rivaling Ed Wood's infamous Plan 9 from Outer Space as the worst film of all time. The trouble began in the early 1950s when a film called Madmen ...  more »


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Actors: Walter Stocker, Audrey Caire, Carlos Rivas, John Holland, Marshall Reed
Director: David Bradley
Creators: Stanley Cortez, Alan C. Marks, Anthony Sanucci, Carl Edwards, Steve Bennett, Peter Miles
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Drama, Classics, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Studio: Rhino Theatrical
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 08/22/2000
Original Release Date: 01/01/1963
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1963
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Samantha K. (entilzah) from OSCODA, MI
Reviewed on 9/7/2009...
Wow never heard of this one and really can't see me running to watch it anytime soon
0 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 11/24/2008...
You think you've seen the worst movie ever made? Not if you haven't seen this pile of cinema. Amazingly bad! Phenomenally, excruciatingly bad! Must be seen to be believed!!
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Movie Reviews

Thomas E. O'Sullivan | Knoxville, Maryland United States | 09/13/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Mention this title today to anyone and they will think you're joking. Who really would have ever made a movie called THEY SAVED HITLER'S BRAIN?... well, I've seen the movie, and I have the DVD now, and I still don't know who would have made this kind of movie... but here it is. Started in the 1950's and completed by a few UCLA students in the 1960's and then finally released to the world, T.S.H.B. is considered by many to be the true "worst movie ever made". Does it steal any thunder from PLAN NINE? Oh yes, this is indeed a poor movie all around... yet made by experienced people. The 1960's additional scenes serve merely as exposition, filling in the missing details and information and star a Young Ron Jeremy type working with the CID, who is partnered with a Well-Fed Alicia Silverstone wannabe dressed as a ready and able (and seemingly willing) school girl (who is perhaps the best actor in the 60's footage) who drives a beat up VW Bug. They are not in it for long, and are in fact killed off... big surprise. As for the rest of the movie... it's a trial. Painful. A true test of will... can you sit through it? RHINO has done a good job with the transfer and actually has added perhaps one of the best, and funniest, antimated menu's I've ever seen on any DVD. It features the head of Hitler spouting some unintelligable German. His eyebrows move, his mouth, and his head dances around when he talks... very odd, but lay down funny. I recommend this movie, and I recommend buying this DVD if only to impress your friends that you actually own something called... THEY SAVED HITLERS BRAIN."
"The slappers of women! The torturers of old men!"
cookieman108 | Inside the jar... | 01/05/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Why am I drawn to bad movies like a fly to a steaming pile of excrement (this metaphor is exceptionally appropriate given the film being reviewed)? I've never really given it much thought, but I suppose it's a similar reaction people display when driving by a particularly bad car don't want to look, but morbid curiosity is a compelling, often intrinsic, trait among humans. As far as car wrecks go, cinematically speaking, They Saved Hitler's Brain (1963) is a real doozy...the film is actually two movies (the original made in the late 50's to early 60's but never released for some unknown reason, and new footage filmed in the mid to late 60's) spliced together, like some twisted Frankenstein experiment. Apparently the company that owned the original film, Crown International (purveyors of schlock), got some UCLA film students to produce the new footage, and then, in an extremely futile attempt, married the two in the unholy union that is this film (director Al Adamson made a career on doing this, most notably with his 1971 monster mash Dracula Vs. Frankenstein).

The film, originally titled Madmen of Mandoras aka Amazing Mr. H aka The Return of Mr. H (before the celluloid mating) was directed by David Bradley, whose earlier films include a juvenile delinquent picture titled Dragstrip Riot (1958) and the epic sci-fi craptacular 12 to the Moon (1960). The film stars Walter Stocker (Lassie's Great Adventure) and Audrey Caire, who seemed vaguely familiar, but I couldn't place her until I looked up her credits as saw she also appeared in Joe (1970), one of my more favorite films of the early 70's. Also appearing is John Holland (The Naked Brigade), Carlos Rivas (True Grit), Marshall Reed (Ghost of Zorro), Scott Peters (Panic in Year Zero!), Nestor Paiva (The Three Stooges in Orbit, Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter), and Bill Freed (who later adapted Dean R. Koontz's novel Watchers into the 1988 film of the same name) as Adolf Hitler, or, at least his head.

The film starts out with the newer footage (which actually looks worse than the older footage), relating some kind of story regarding secret agents, nerve gas, and various murders. The main character, named Vic (who looks a lot like Chuck Negron, the original lead singer from the 70's band Three Dog Night) is a secret agent assigned to investigate the death of a scientist, but he himself eventually dies in a fiery car crash (actually his death is represented by footage taken from the 1958 feature Thunder Road, starring Robert Mitchum). All of this takes about 27 minutes, and then we cut into another film, already in progress, featuring the actors I listed above (the actors in the newer footage are not listed in any credits). From here we follow the exploits of Phil Day (Stocker) and his wife Kathy (Caire) as they travel to the tiny Caribbean Island nation of Mandoras to locate Kathy's recently kidnapped father, a scientist who developed an antidote to a deadly nerve gas. Phil and Kathy soon learn a handful of Nazis, lead by Hitler's head, and their nefarious plans to take control of the world. Will Phil and Kathy be able to stop the madness, or will the Third Reich finally achieve the goals it set for itself some 20 years ago? Their plan seems pretty rock solid, so things don't look good...

I'm unsure why the newer footage was added, especially since it matched up so poorly (it looked like a bunch of laid-back hippies running around, compared to the more conservatively attired characters in the original footage). The original film is actually not a bad little B film (at least, compared to the newer footage), but I suspect some of the original footage may have been lost (or never filmed), hence the addition of the newer material, as to try and provide a setting for the older material. Thing is, the newer stuff was shot so very poorly, lacking any sense of direction (hey, it's wait, it's night...oops, it's daytime again), and I was able to piece together much of the intended story from the original footage I didn't need the newer material. And that music for the newer material...27 minutes of really crummy free form jazz...the horror, the horror...the concept of saving Hitler's head seemed kinda cool, but what was probably meant to be a shocking surprise (the whole plot of Hitler's head plotting a conspiracy) was effectively ruined by the newer title. The special effects are pretty much what you might expect, with Hitler's head, when not being carried around in a jar, sitting atop an older model videotape machine. Freed's head did look a little creepy, sort of bug-eyed and slightly emaciated, with his only dialog, as a disembodied head, being `Mach Schnell! Mach Schnell!' (I guess one would probably get pretty cranky and impatient surviving in a jar, relying on the charity of others...I wonder which lackey got the job of trimming his little moustache?) My favorite scene has to be when Phil and Kathy get kidnapped by a mysterious Hispanic man, and as they come to a stop light, another car pulls up, shoots the Hispanic man dead, but the couple, who are in the car with the now dead man, don't realize he's dead until much later, eventually stuffing his corpse into a phone booth, the intent being someone will find him (and someone does, in the form of an impatient, rotund lady wanting to use said phone...oh the comedy!)

The Rhino release specifies this is the uncut, 92-minute version (it felt much longer), newly transferred from 35mm elements. The picture quality isn't all that great, but it's probably the best you'll find, surpassing that old VHS copy you own. The audio is about as good as the picture quality (which is to say not all the great). There is a menu (featuring a nifty animated Hitler head), and a listing of other Rhino titles.

With a wife like you who needs a girlfriend?
Johny Bottom | Jacksonville, NC | 08/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Oh what a hoot. I'm giving this film 5 stars for a different reason. Movies that are so bad they are 'good' make my day. 'Cat Women of the Moon', 'Plan 9 from Outer Space', and 'Robot Monster' all have a certain charm that exceeds the actual film. 'They saved Hitler's Brain' is another such movie. I give it 5 stars when thrown on with other famous bad movies, it holds it's own. It has everything a bad movie fan could want. An inane plot, mediocre acting at best, and the over the top 'not so special' effects.

A small Carribean Island called Manduras is a hideout for Nazis who want to take over the world. And why shouldn't they try again? Der Fuhrer is among them as a head in a glass jar. Guess that's where Matt Groening got the idea for his incredible 'Futurama' cartoon show. Listening to the little Hitler head in the glass jar barking out orders is just a hoot. I also loves how he just moves his eyes from side to side looking all sinister and stuff.

My two favorite scenes are the car chase and hotel fight. The car chase is right out of the mind of Ed Wood. They start driving in daylight, then the headlights are on in the dark, then at the crash, it's light again. Brilliant! It's too bad that agent died. With that hair and mustache he looked like Sony Bono meets Journey's Steve Perry. His very appearance was pure camp. Then you got the hotel scene. She hits the wrong guy with the lamp. How could she be so stupid?

A lot of people will say how much they love the "Hitler head melting" scene. Sure it's cool, but you have 92 minutes of pure hilarity to enjoy before the big climax.

If you love bad, bad, really bad movies, then this is perfect for you."