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Donovan’s Brain

Released 1953
Distributor United Artists

Lew Ayres, who achieved stardom as the benevolent Dr. Kildare, plays yet another kindly doctor who nurtures a living brain (kept alive in an electrified fish tank) only to have its sinister personality consume him. Curt Siodmak’s oft-adapted science fiction novel receives a no-frills treatment at the hands of director Felix Feist (THE DEVIL THUMBS A RIDE) that nonetheless captures its essence better than other attempts, which include THE LADY AND THE MONSTER (1944) and THE BRAIN (1962).

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About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career.  He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.