Howdy all you Supercultists out there on the interwebz! I’m Bad Movie Professor Cameron Coker (BS in “Hitler” with a minor in “Those Who Can’t Do Teach”) and I’ll be posting my hype-tacular speeches every week along with some long lost speeches from past Supercult Shows!
This week Supercult tests out Godwin’s Law on 4chan and watches They Saved Hitler’s Brain!
The year is 1945, the Nazi army is close to ruin, but the Third Reich knows its day will come! High ranking Nazi officials spirit the living head of the Fuhrer to a secret hideout in South America and patiently bide their time… Now, that fateful moment has arrived. The new Nazi war machine plans its rebirth and only a handful of allied special agents have the knowledge and skills to stop them! It’s the most incredible plot to conquer the world in, They Saved Hitler’s Brain!
They Saved Hitler’s Brain is a 1968 sci-fi film adapted for television from a shorter 1963 feature film entitled, “Madmen of Mandoras”. Madmen of Mandoras was directed by the late David Bradley an actor, film collector, and film studies instructor at UCLA, who’s previous works included low budget C-films attempting to pass themselves off as slightly higher-budget B-films. David Bradley is basically the living example of the phrase, “those who can’t do, teach.”
Case in point, They Saved Hitler’s Brain is actually just Madmen of Mandoras with about twenty minutes of additional footage shot by UCLA students at the request of the distributor, Paragon Films Inc. Basically, what we’re saying here, is that Paragon Films got the movie from Bradley, decided it was deficient, waited 5 years, and then went over Bradley’s head TO HIS STUDENTS to try to spruce it up a bit. The issue of course, is that students are students for a reason and the differences in costumes and production values between the original and added footage are extremely obvious. We’ll let you, dear viewers, decide which is better, the master or the apprentices.
And that’s where the interesting information about this film comes to an end! Seriously, that’s it. This movie is so bad, so forgettable, such an incredible disjointed mess of mismatching scenes, childish practical effects, and abysmal acting that the only thing anyone ever remembers about it is the title. The title has been referenced by The Simpsons no less than 5 times and everyone from DC comics to the indie punk band “Unnatural Axe” has stolen the laughable premise. The worst part is that the majority of the film is just people sitting in rooms talking to each other. We can accept bad movies. We can even accept incredibly bad movies. But the one thing that all supercultists cannot stand is BORING movies, no matter how many Hitler Brains they tantalize us with.
They Saved Hitler’s Brain has a 2.5 on IMDB and an unsurprising 0% on Rottent Tomatoes. TV Guide calls it, “One of the all-time worst,” and IMDB reviewer and self-proclaimed B Movie Whore jbar19 writes, “Some bad movies are fun to watch because you can laugh at them. But this movie just makes you stare at it with your mouth open, in stunned confusion and utter disbelief.”
Get ready to hate the Nazis all over again for a new set of reasons!
The Supercult is proud to present, They Saved Hitler’s Brain!