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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week ...

Yoinked from wikipedia, invasionofthebmovies, Jabootu's Bad Movie Dimension and Steve's personal bad movie knowledge ...

"They Saved Hitler's Brain is a 1966 science fiction film that was adapted for television from a shorter theatrical feature film, Madmen of Mandoras, directed by David Bradley. The film was lengthened with about twenty minutes additional footage shot by UCLA students at the request of the distributor. As the original footage was shot several years earlier, the differences in costumes and production values are rather obvious.

In the film, World War II is over and Nazi officials remove Adolf Hitler's living head and hide it in the fictional South American country of Mandoras, so that they can resurrect the Third Reich for the future. It fast forwards into the 1960s, and the surviving officials kidnap a scientist in an attempt to keep Hitler alive. Various intelligence agencies, aware of the evil plot, recruit secret agents to bust the Nazi officials.

This film was included in the 2004 DVD documentary The 50 Worst Movies Ever! They Saved Hitlers Brain is number 39 on the top 50 worst movies of all time list.

Trailers From Hell: Joe Dante on 'Madmen Of Mandoras'

They Saved Hitler's Brain is one of those movies where you hear the title and you say 'I gotta see that.' Well, maybe you only say that when you're me. And most likely you're not me. And if you are, then how is that possible? Oddly enough, this movie starts off ok. It seems like a cheap spy thriller, then they start throwing in stupid dialogue and an even stupider plot involving Hitler's head and it suddenly turns into a jumbled mess.

Director David Bradley had the sort of career that bewilders. Basically he’d do a movie, disappear for some years, and then get another assignment. His biggest claim to fame regards his filming of a stage production of Peer Gynt in 1941. The star of which, in his first screen appearance, was Charlton Heston. Heston also appeared in Bradley’s next screen venture, a film of Julius Caesar made nine years later. Bradley himself played Brutus, while Heston assayed Marc Anthony, a role he also played in a rather more prestigious 1970 film version starring Jason Robards and John Gielgud.

Bradley made a modest thriller in 1952 starring Nancy Reagan, and then typically fell of the map for six years. Then he returned with a Juvenile Delinquent movie entitled Dragstrip Riot. Here he worked with such B-Movie icons as Gary Clarke, Connie Stevens and Fay Wray (!). In 1960 he helmed his first sci-fi flick, Twelve to the Moon, an ambitious but rather goofy sounding picture that was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Three years later Bradley made his last film, Madmen of Mandoras.

Scott Peters, who played David, has more than a couple of sci-fi titles under his belt, including Invasion of the Saucer Men, The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the Puppet People, Cape Canaveral Monsters and the rather better Panic in the Year Zero. He also had an uncredited part as Dillinger in The FBI Story, getting shot down by agent Jimmy Stewart. Peters ended his career with a supporting role on TV’s Get Christie Love.

Bill Freed, who played Hitler with and without a body, never acted again. His only other film work, in fact, was in writing the screenplay adaptation of Dean Koontz’ Watchers, starring Corey Haim, twenty-five years after appearing here. Now that's just strange, right?

It should be noted that this sort of thing can actually work. Comedy-wise, modern day actor Steve Martin with intercut with footage from old noir flicks in 1986’s Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. This allowed him to seemingly act opposite such stars as Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck and James Cagney. More famously, the American movie Godzilla intercuts (ironically enough) reporter Steve Martin, played by Raymond Burr, into the events of the Japanese film Gojira. The technique was eventually replicated to somewhat lesser effect in the American cut of Godzilla ’85, with Burr reappearing as the now first name-less ‘Mr.’ Martin.

BUT I have EXCITING Hitler's Brain news!

According to Variety, Napoleon Dynamite Producer Chris Wyatt and Mark Altman are launching a remake of They Saved Hitler's Brain as a sci-fi musical comedy. The duo have partnered with the original movie's owner, Crown Intl. Pictures, which released the picture theatrically. The remake will feature songs and book by Jon and Al Kaplan, who penned the Fringe Fest hit parody SILENCE! The Musical and 24: Season 2 - The Musical.

How freaking awesome is that?"

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I still don't get what the seventies looking movie in the beginning has to do with the fifties movie at the end...