They Saved Hitler’s Brain (1963)

They Saved Hitler’s Brain (1963)

“Hitler, alive? It’s — it’s incredible!”

The daughter (Audrey Caire) of a scientist discovers that her father has been taken to the South American country of Mendora by Neo-Nazis, who are following the orders of Hitler’s preserved head and plan to take over the world.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Disembodied Parts
  • Kidnapping
  • Nazis
  • Science Fiction
  • World Domination

Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “mangled mix” of footage from two separate projects — an unreleased sci-fi exploitation flick called Madmen of Mandoras, and additional amateur filler from years later — is quite the mess, and definitely a candidate for “Worst Film Ever Made”. However, I disagree with Peary that it’s difficult to understand what’s going on; the plot may be convoluted, but it actually makes sense in a warped way, if you’re paying close attention. Then again, every aspect of They Saved Hitler’s Brain — from the atrocious acting (especially in the added-on segments) to the unbelievably egregious continuity problems — is so bad that, cumulatively, they overshadow the story itself. Unfortunately, as is often the case with oddly-named films, the title here is ultimately more intriguing than the plot; plus, as many have pointed out, it’s incredibly frustrating that Hitler’s “brain” doesn’t show up until halfway through the film.

Note: As Peary notes, it’s “too bad Woody Allen didn’t use [the] film’s visuals for What’s Up Tiger Lily? II;” in fact, I’m surprised MST3K never lampooned this one, given its potential for unending mockery.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Bill Freed’s campy portrayal as Hitler’s head

Must See?
No; save yourself the grief.


One thought on “They Saved Hitler’s Brain (1963)

  1. Not a must, nor might, nor maybe.

    Painful viewing, terrific title notwithstanding. Yes, you can follow the plot “if you’re paying close attention” – but why bother.

    It commits a grave cinema error: it’s boring.

    Unworthy of whatever cult status it might have. Not even up to Ed Wood standards.

    A real snooze-o-rama!

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