The Brain (1962) | The shadowy Edgar Wallace meets Donovan’s Brain thriller
This British-German co-production was the third screen version of Curt Siodmak’s classic science-fiction novel Donovan’s Brain. This time round (it was Erich Von Stroheim in 1944 and Lew Ayres in 1953), it’s Peter Van Eyck (1000 Eyes of Dr Mabuse) as the not-so ethical scientist convinced that the brain of dead tycoon can be kept alive. But the brain has an hypnotic effect on him that forces him into tracking down and punishing those responsible for Holt’s murder…
With the mood and feel of an Edgar Wallace crime thriller that was popular in Germany at the time, this was Freddie Francis’ second feature as a director after carving himself an Oscar-winning career as a cinematographer on classics like Sons and Lovers and The Innocents. Francis would follow this shadowy affair with Day of the Triffids (in which he filmed the lighthouse sequences) before heading over to Hammer and Amicus. Watch out for Bernard Lee, who’d appear as M in Dr No the same year, Jack MacGowran and Cecil Parker.
The Brain screens today (Tuesday 22 December) at 2.20am on Movies4Men (Sky 325, Freeview 48, Freesat 304), so expect it to be a cruddy print, just the one below.
Posted on December 22, 2015, in British Film, Horror, Might See, Might See, Might See, Might-See, Sci-Fi, Thriller and tagged 1960s British thriller, British Film, Curt Siodmak, Edgar Wallace, Freddie Francis, Movies4Men, Peter Van Eyck, The Brain, Thriller. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.