Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Atomic Brain 2010 NR

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A rich, elderly woman wants her doctor to transplant her brain into the body of one of her young captives.

Starring:
Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl
Runtime:
1 hour 32 minutes

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Atomic Brain

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Comedy
Director Jim Mallon
Starring Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl
Supporting actors Jim Mallon, Frank Conniff, Michael J. Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl
Studio Shout! Factory
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on November 26, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The makers of 'The Atomic Brain' no doubt wanted to create a work of bone-chilling horror. But unfortunately, all they came up with was mind-numbing weirdness. And that makes this fine fodder for Mike and The Bots (M&TB) on the Satellite of Love.
MST3K riffed on a number of failed horror films in its decade of life, and this is a fairly typical example of the genre. It's not so much creepy as queasy, especially with the film's obvious fascination with beautiful and vulnerable young women. As always, M&TB make the most of a bad situation.
As I've noted in some other reviews of MST releases by Rhino, 'The Atomic Brain' is not one of the absolute best MST eps (in my opinion). However, several of the host segments in this episode are worth mentioning, including Mike's chin puppet and The Bots' satire of the Mads in the invention exchange.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
The narrator of "The Atomic Brain" tells us that scientists today are solving the riddle of brain transplantation. Hence, the plot: a rich old woman seeks to have her brain transplanted into the body of a beautiful young lady. To this end she becomes the sole patron of a depressed scientist, who works out of a laboratory in her basement, bombarding dead girls with radiation and performing crude interspecies transplants. The brain of his favorite cat ends up in the skull of a Mexican maid. Success! The rest, as they say, is history. Don't miss this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 22, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Yet again, those crazy guys and gals at Best Brains have made it possible to sit through an unwatchable movie without having to worry about your eyes and ears starting to bleed as a result of being exposed to so much boredom captured on video. This isn't MST3K's best, however - I would classify it among the least enjoyable of the experiments made commercially available for public consumption. Interestingly enough, however, this film may provide more scenes in Comedy Central's later advertisements about the show than any other experiment I know of: for those who still remember the good old days, you'll recognize the "finish it" drinking scene, the screaming nurse-like woman scene, and of course the classic Barney Fife going down the stairs scene. Crow's Barney Fife impersonation is probably the highlight of this whole MST3K movie experience, though. Mike and the bots are funny from start to finish, but there just aren't any truly spectacular MST3K moments to come out of experiment # 518 (Mike's fifth experiment after taking over for Joel).

As far as the movie itself goes, it's all about an annoying and bitter old woman who hires three foreign housekeepers so that she can pick a new body for herself - like most crabby old women, she has her own mad scientist in the basement perfecting the science of brain transplantation. Yes, it's the weirdest beauty contest of them all, as the old lady ogles and feels up her nubile young charges looking for the perfect new body for her sick little brain. Miss England wows the audience and judge with a completely ridiculous accent (which seems to come and go quite a bit) and a hip-swaying walking style that only young, healthy hips can hope to survive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The guy who ogles on September 18, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
A lumpy-faced scientist, with the help of a dog-faced associate, chisel their way into vaults and steal corpses...

Meanwhile, three women from different places across the globe ("all from Nebraska") try not to get other movie roles by doing their worst accents. The "British" lady is especially funny with her "jolly" and her "bloody 'ell"...Good God, does MST notice this...They pounce on their accents like comedy panthers. Well done, boys.

These three women are all going to be housekeepers for an old woman who wants a brain transplant... and lumpy scientist is just the man for the job.

Things don't go as planned and the scientist is radiated in his own machine...along with a Hot Pocket.

The old woman is transplanted into a cat intentionally by lumpy so he can have more money to further his work with...naked dead people...

So the girl is saved, lumpy and the old crazy woman are no more, and the budget for this picture is like an elevator going straight to hell. Mike and robots are hillarious in this, which had a much needed mocking coming to it. Great, great stuff.

Buy now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Reaves TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 19, 2001
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If you're new to MST3K, then shame on you! Still, this is a great episode to start off with. Some of the riffs during the movie are bust-a-gut hilarious (the accents of the actresses alone are enough to send you laughing...ever hear a Southern girl try to talk British??). The host segments are great, the movie has too many funny moments to count. Spend the money on this one with no fear!
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