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Housesitter . . . The Night They Saved Siegfried's Brain

Housesitter . . . The Night They Saved Siegfried’s Brain has an interesting history and it makes for a great lead.  Originally filmed in Kalamazoo in 1987, this horror/comedy sat unfinished for over 30 years because no one wanted to deal with it.  Now, thanks to Skywalker Sound and Paramount Pictures’ Color Department, the insanity that is this 1950s sci-fi romp by way of cornball horror and humor can finally be told.  See? 2020 wasn't all bad news.

"Packed with gory gags, hilarious inner monologues, and cheesy lines that will make every Halloween party you might host absolutely unforgettable"


 

Cult cinema might not survive the release of this super demented flick.  Do you have what it takes to sit through this gnarly nuttiness?

Co-written and directed by Robin Nuyen, Housesitter . . . The Night They Saved Siegfried’s Brain begins with a bizarre opening as a man wearing a black motorcycle helmet breaks into a house that is surrounded by cats, owls, rats, etc.  From the outside, this house looks like it is all kinds of normal.  Once inside the door, though, it appears that the house is just a facade for an evil scientist’s bizzaro lab of experiments.  

Hell, even the film switches to black and white as the dude in the helmet starts poking around the lab.  That’s right, this is a lab FROM THE 1950s!  As that fact begins to settle in, we see a huge pair of garden shears creep up behind the motorcycle dude.  The shears open wide silently . . . and then . . . SNIP.

With one quick motion, his helmet-head is removed and it plops onto the ground causing the visor to flip open.  The eyes are not closed, though, they are open and staring directly at us!  Housesitter . . . The Night They Saved Siegfried’s Brain has begun.

And what a wild night it is!  Housesitter . . . The Night They Saved Siegfried's Brain

Full of horrible acting, really bad hair styles, and a seriously demented Elvis obsession, Housesitter . . . The Night They Saved Siegried’s Brain is the comically demented story of Andy Goodman (Richard Gasparian) and his failed attempt to study at the prestigious Reinhardt Institute.  His experiment?  Why rat-to-rat brain transfers, of course!  What he doesn’t know is that his failure is going to lead to some pretty heinous discoveries thanks to a mad scientist with less than 40 hours to live.

Ashamed of his “scientific” failure, he gets a hug from Doc Crosby (David Casten), his hero, and wanders off to the bar to drown in his misery.  Andy was so sure he would get accepted into the institute that he packed his bags and left his apartment for good.  

With nowhere to go, Andy turns to his friends and discovers that drinks to girlfriends and good times won’t make them last forever.  But crazy experiments in a black-and-white lab will definitely make some things . . . permanent.  Andy, thanks to his Elvis figure and a whole lot of nutty friends, finds himself a part of the mad doctor’s evil scientist plans as he needs a whole lots of brains with which to piece together the ultimate brain: Dr. Siegfried himself, who knew all too well about transplanting brains.

Packed with gory gags, hilarious inner monologues, and cheesy lines that will make every Halloween party you might host absolutely unforgettable - “Brains! I need braaaaaaiiiiiiiinnnnnnnns!” - Housesitter . . . The Night They Saved Siegfried’s Brain is an absolute blast for those who understand the wild and wacky territory of Cult Cinema.  

Housesitter . . . The Night They Saved Siegfried’s Brain, warts and all, is now streaming on all major platforms.

4/5 beers

Housesitter . . . The Night They Saved Siegfried's Brain

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Housesitter . . . The Night They Saved Siegfried's Brain

MPAA Rating: PG-13 on appeal for crude sexual content and language.
Runtime:
94 mins
Director
: Robin Nuyen
Writer:
Richard Gasparian, Robin Nuyen
Cast:
Stephen James Carver, Richard Gasparian, Holly Kaplan
Genre
: Horror
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Memorable Movie Quote: "Crossover brain retention is not a dream."
Theatrical Distributor:
Basement Productions
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Release Date:
October 27, 2018
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Synopsis: An idealist medical student with a serious Elvis obsession and a determination to perfect his rat- to-rat brain transfer discovers his beloved professor and mentor is secretly a mad scientist who embarks on a murderous spree to get 13 human brains for his own terrifying experiment.

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