‘Bodies for sale!’
Monstrosity is a 1963 American science fiction horror film directed by Joseph V. Mascelli. It is perhaps better known under its alternate title TV release title, The Atomic Brain. It was co-produced by Jack Pollexfen (The Neanderthal Man; Captive Women; The Man from Planet X) who apparently also had a hand in directing.
The movie stars Erika Peters, Judy Bamber, Marjorie Eaton and Frank Gerstle.
After a successful 2016 Kickstarter campaign by Ben Solovey of Moth Inc., the film was scanned and restored in 4K resolution for a Blu-ray release.
New 4k Restoration from the Original Camera Negative
Feature Length Audio Commentary from writers Tom Weaver and Robert J. Kiss
Widescreen and Fullscreen editions of the feature film (Blu-ray Exclusive Feature)
Original Theatrical Trailer – Alternate “Atomic Brain” title sequence
The Brothers Dillman: Interviews with Bradford Dillman and Pamela Dillman
Mascelli’s Monstrosity: Interview with Michael Goi
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An elderly woman uses her vast fortune to convince an eccentric yet brilliant scientist to transplant her brain into a new, youthful body. The bodies are provided by three immigrant young women who are hired to be servants. The old woman then chooses which of the girls she finds most beautiful, and sets about replacing the young woman’s brain with her own…
“Before he teamed up with Steckler to lens the likes of The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies and The Thrill Killers, Joseph V. Mascelli directed Monstrosity, a whacked-out, sleazed-up variation on the venerable mad doctor theme. It’s slightly less loony than the typical Steckler picture, but only very slightly.” 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting
Even at 65 minutes, Monstrosity could have used a little tightening up; some scenes drag on far too long […] even taking into account its ludicrous storyline, Monstrosity is a low-budget schlock-fest that could’ve been much worse than it is. Warts and all, I have to say I kinda liked it.” 2,500 Movies Challenge
“Aside from the film’s similarities to Wood’s late 50s oeuvre, a reliance on post-dubbing, dead pan narration, and a singular claustrophobic location (an old mansion located around Hancock Park in L.A.) is like cement in the mould. This is the kind of perfect strange film charm that inspires global searches to uncover its existence.” Bleeding Skull!
“I loved how horrible the old widow was throughout the film, and how cheesy all of the human/animal hybrid experiments wound up. The leads weren’t particularly enthralling or interesting, but a lot of the peripheral action and characters were entertaining and ridiculous enough to make the movie a pretty decent watch (as far as bad movies go).” Misan[trope]y
” …this is a treasure trove of tripe: drunk, horny mad doctors; wheelchair-bound old biddies living in dilapidated gothic mansions; forbidden experiments with atomic power; mutations run amok; and trampy Euro-dames (with atrocious fake accents). Add screamingly inept dialogue (by four screenwriters!), a droning narrator, and feel your own brain pan go nuclear. A must-see for bad-brain movie devotees; makes a cerebral double-bill with The Brain That Wouldn’t Die.” Videohound’s Complete Guide to Cult Flicks and Trash Pics
Cast and characters:
Marjorie Eaton … Mrs March
Frank Gerstle … as Doctor Frank – The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake; Killers from Space
Frank Fowler … Victor
Erika Peters … Nina Rhodes
Judy Bamber … Beatrice ‘Bea’ Mullins
Lisa Lang … Anita Gonzales
Xerxes … The cat
Bradford Dillman … Narrator – Lords of the Deep; Piranha; Bug