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The Brain That Wouldn't Die

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Dr. Bill Cortner has been busy defying the medical community's cautions by unsuccessfully trying to transplant stolen limbs onto his lab assistant.

On a weekend getaway he drives too fast, rolls his convertible and decapitates his girlfriend Jan. As luck would have it he is able to wrap her head in his sportcoat, jog back to the lab and keep it alive in a shallow sauce pan. Now all he has to do is troll nightclubs and find her a new body!

Most girls would be grateful - but not Jan! She does nothing but complain, nag and make everything about her! She thinks Dr. Bill is “unethical” and eventually convinces the closet mutant to turn against him and help her by saying, “I'm only a head, and you're whatever you are. Together we're strong. More powerful than any of them!"

It’s enough to make you question Science! 

Join Bridget and Mary Jo as they riff the timeless classic The Brain That Wouldn't Die!

Written by:

Bridget Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl, Matthew J. Elliott, Zach Shatzer

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Release date

July 29, 2022


81 minutes