That Wouldn't Die
The scenes in the strip club, for example, although actually chaste enough to have been performed by nuns, are clearly intended to titillate. They do not, but failing as miserably as they do, they are enjoyable. The catfights, overacting, and exaggerated pointy breasts of the wanton women of these sequences belong to a style of presenting sex appeal that was shortly to be parodied and perfected by John Waters and have a considerable humorous charm.
The film's dialogue is often extremely funny as well. Many of the comments about the impossibility of organ transplants made by "sane" characters in the movie, who condemn these operations, are particularly entertaining when viewed from an age when such procedures are common. The protagonist's physician father is especially fond of pontificating on the subject, and his diatribes provide the film with some of its silliest moments.
The Brain That Wouldn't Die is at times amusing. The film's generally low qualities and laughable story do make it intermittently entertaining, but it is by no means enthralling.
Review by Keith Allen
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