BRAIN OF BLOOD (1971) Reviews and overview

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‘A blood-dripping brain transplant turns a maniac into a monster…’

Brain of Blood  also known as The Creature’s Revenge and The Undying Brain  is a 1971 American science-fiction horror feature film directed by Al Adamson (Blood of Dracula’s Castle; Dracula vs. FrankensteinNurse Sherri) from a story by Samuel M. Sherman and a screenplay by Kane W. Lynn. It is the only Hemisphere (The Mad Doctor of Blood IslandBeast of Blood) production to be filmed in the United States.

The film stars Grant Williams, Kent Taylor, John Bloom, Regina Carrol (Dracula vs. Frankenstein), Vicki Volante, Angelo Rossitto (The Dark; Scared to Death), Zandor Vorkov and Reed Hadley.


Amir, the benevolent ruler of Khalid, is dying, but there is hope in transplanting his brain into another body. Freshly deceased, he is flown to the United States where Dr Trenton, having unwisely put off body acquisition until the last minute, transplants Amir’s brain into the body of the disfigured simpleton assistant who failed in said chore. Dr Trenton has a few nefarious plot twists of his own in mind, and then there’s the thing with the dwarf and the woman chained in the basement…



“This movie was just crying out for some of Adamson’s signature foibles— some brain-damaging dialogue, some sudden and inexplicable detours through what looks for all the world like an entirely different movie […] As it is, Brain of Blood is just too damn close to making sense, you know?” 1000 Misspent Hours and More

“Stunningly bad acting, hilarious stock horror movie music, a midget medical assistant (who torments women in a dungeon during his spare time) and unbelievable special effects make this an almost-classic that has to be seen to be believed The inept, oat-meal-like monster make-up effects are also a riot. Despite the almost total lack of prosthetic technology, the film managed to pull off.” eSplatter

“here’s some truly terrible acting (particularly in the case of Ms. Carroll), silly dialogue, a bit of gore (the brain transplant scene, which is very bloody and fairly well done, goes on for about five minutes), a car chase, a couple of explosions and a Gor flashback that reveals the history of his deformity (a couple of rednecks took his toy away, hit him with a shovel and then poured battery acid in his face). It’s cheap, badly made and overloaded with assorted nonsense.” The Bloody Pit of Horror

Choice dialogue:

Mohammed: “Amir is a legend in Khalid, without him it would be another poor nation struggling to break out of centuries of stagnant feudalism.”


Brain of Blood VHS insert


Image credits: Lost Video Archive

Plot keywords:

Muslim | Mohammed | brain | mad scientist | surgery | transplant | dwarf | car chase | battery acid | cellar | chained women | rooftop chase | fight

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