Saturday, October 12, 2019

31 Days of Halloween - Day 12 - Movie

Al Adamson makes Ed Wood look like Orson Welles by comparison. For evidence look no further than Brain of Blood (1971), the ponderously slow, inept, story of a crackpot scientist transferring the brain of a foreign country's leader into a healthier body so that the scientist can obtain power from himself in that country. On the plus side, the opening credits contain some great graphics. On the minus side, just about everything else. In a movie starring Grant Williams as the sort of hero, Angelo Rossito comes of as the most competent actor and he is essentially reduced to a mad dwarf henchman. The brain operation, which uses such high tech techniques as fast forwarding and rewinding a reel to reel tape at high speeds, goes on for ever. There are scenes and characters which seem to be there for no other reason than to pad this extremely thin plot beyond the fifteen minutes it might merit. We won't even get into the make-up effects, but the accompanying photo should say enough.

If I watch anything worse than this over the course of the rest of this Countdown, I'll be stunned.


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