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Atomic Brain/Love After Death/The Incredible Petrified World (1964)

Cast: Frank Gerstle, Erika Peters, Judy Bamber, more...
Director: Joseph Mascelli
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Cult, Horror, Science Fiction , Studios, Something Weird, Cannibals, Mad Science, Mad Science
Running Time: 204 min.
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This weird, morbid little sci-fi thriller stars Marjorie Eaton as a filthy-rich but decrepit old widow who has devoted much of her wealth to funding the dubious (to say the least) scientific research of Frank Gerstle, who has constructed a mad lab in the widow's basement in order to perfect a technique in which an infusion of atomic energy (or something) will enable him to transfer the widow's brain into a young and sexy physique. To this end, three subjects are solicited through a want ad (under the pretense of employing a housekeeper). The three young women, all of different nationalities (represented by horrendous accents), are subjected to the old woman's scrutiny, until she selects the prime candidate... as the others become fodder for the doctor's pet projects. Needless to say, things don't turn out quite as planned: people are burned, torn apart by man-beasts, and get their eyes ripped out -- one poor lass even winds up with the brain of a cat. This has a certain perverse charm and is competently directed (excepting some boring stretches) by Joseph V. Mascelli -- who, in spite of his work on this film and Ray Dennis Steckler's The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-up Zombies, would later publish a well-known book on cinematography. ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

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The Incredible Petrified Movie by Tiger February 16, 2011 - 7:50 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Craggy-faced John Carradine drops a quartet into the sea in a faulty bathyscaphe that crashes on the ocean bottom. However our lucky cast swims up into a cave replete with air, heat, light, and pools of fresh water. An off-camera volcano is cited as the source of heat and air (?), but no explanation of the ambient light and fresh water. They wander around a lot in this cave while Phyllis Coates (Lois Lane from the '50s Superman TV series) has some nasty mood swings and a romance blooms between Robert Clarke (Hideous Sun Demon) and Sheila Noonan (Beast from Haunted Cave). Meanwhile Carradine is top-side looking extra-craggy while manipulating odd pieces of machinery. They're all rescued just before Coates is ravaged by a kooky survivor they found living in the cave and the inevitable B-movie earthquake destroys it. Almost entirely composed of stagnant medium shots on sets that would embarrass Ed Wood interlaced with grainy stock footage, this is one of the cheapest looking SF movies I've seen to date. Even Manos had more visual pizzazz than this cinematic rock.

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(Average 5.24)
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