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"Let me die... please, let me die..."
Jan "in the Pan" Compton

Evil Doctor Bill Cortner is a rule-flouting maverick who has been experimenting with the transplanting of human limbs and organs, and even repairing and reconnecting of nervous system tissue -- much to the displeasure of his traditionalist surgeon father. But Cortner gets a chance to prove he's not been wasting his time when his fiancee Jan is decapitated in a car accident. Cortner quickly uses 'neck-pan juice' to keep her head alive while he searches for an attractive body to reattach it to. Jan, however, has her own agenda...

For the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version, please go to the episode recap page.


The Brain That Wouldn't Die contains examples of:

  • All Men Are Perverts: At least, according to Doris, the man-hating fashion model Cortner encounters near the end of the film. In her defense, she was hideously scarred after a man attacked her.
    • And Cortner is just interested in her body...
  • Answer Cut

 Cortner : Have you got the keys to your car?

[cut to Cortner and Jan driving]

  • Applied Phlebotinum: That strange serum Cortner uses to expedite organ grafting and preservation.
  • Came Back Wrong: Jan
  • Cat Fight: The two strippers argue over who gets Cortner, at which point he walks out (he can't use either of their bodies, because either one would be a witness to the other's disappearance). When the first one complains about the second chasing him off, her retort leads to a wrestling match.
    • Bonus points for the film actually showing a picture of two cats during the fight!
  • Chick Magnet: Cortner attracts women like flies... which isn't a good thing, because as he points out, "I can't be the last man seen with a woman before she's killed!"
  • Death Seeker: You're welcome, Jan. Jeez!
  • Drives Like Crazy: "I've got to hurry."
    • Which gets Jan killed, no less.
  • Evil Laugh: The film ends with one from Jan.
  • Fan Nickname: Jan in the Pan. It's even listed as her character name on the film's IMDB page.
  • Fan Service: Lots of shapely ladies in skimpy outfits.
  • Follow the Leader: Decades later, Frankenhooker would be released. Mike actually makes reference to it at one point here.
  • I Hate You Mad Scientist Fiance
  • Impairment Shot: Cortner spikes Doris' drink to sedate her for head-removal. The camera switches to her POV as she staggers around before collapsing.

 [Glass smashes]

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