They Saved Hitler’s Brain


“A completely terrible film by any reasonable judgment … painfully dumb with more than its fair share of bizarre moments. “ – The Spinning Image

“ The most incredible plot to conquer the world!” Hitler’s disembodied head is alive and well and up to no good, living inside a fish tank on a tropical island populated by bumbling madmen in this hard-to-swallow exploitation “classic” that will have you repeatedly asking yourself, “why?” Well, why not? In the notorious Z-grade sci-fi/spy thriller They Saved Hitler’s Brain, a young woman and her husband go in search of her missing scientist-father and sister, a journey which leads them to the fictional Caribbean island of Mandoras. Unfortunately, what they discover there is an epically stupid plot involving a not-so-competent group of 1960s Nazis – still under the command of Der Fuhrer (or at least his floating, shouting head, which has been kept alive in a glass tank via some incredibly wonky science) – who plan to resume their ill-fated scheme of world domination. Well, why not? This legendarily awful flick is actually not just one, but TWO awful movies artlessly slammed together for maximum terribleness. Originally an obscure 1963 film called Madmen of Mandoras, the film was “rescued” in the late ‘60s by a group of UCLA film students who bought the film, haphazardly slapped 30 minutes of newly shot footage onto the beginning to bring the film up to feature running length (footage which is actually worse and more amateurish than the original material, and which is applied to the original film with an absolute minimum of story continuity, as hair styles, fashions and car models change literally from scene to scene), and re-released it as a made-for-TV feature with the new (and much juicier) title, They Saved Hitler’s Brain. And of course, the true Z-movie magic of it all becomes crystal clear when that hilarious, shrieking “Hitler head in a jar” makes one of its random appearances, delivering the best performance in the movie. Well, why not? (Dir. by David Bradley, 1968, USA, 91 mins., Not Rated)