The Thing That Couldn’t Die (1958)

The Thing That Couldn't Die (1958) 69min | Horror | 1959 (Turkey) Summary: A psychically gifted young woman discovers a centuries-old crate buried on her aunt's ranch. Opening it, her family discovers the living head of Gideon Drew, a 16th century devil worshiper ... See full summary¬†¬Ľ
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A Mystery Science Theatre 3000 from the archives of the internet. You’ll have to search it up for yourself. These are usually all on Youtube, in full, because of the terms of the initial distribution (“share the tapes”), but I don’t like leaving Youtube links in case they move.

The Thing That Couldn’t Die. It’s a head. Well, it’s a person. But it’s his head to start with. So it’s probably more like The Person Who Couldn’t Die but that’s less, well, clickbaity I suppose. The movie poster is, surprisingly, 100% accurate.

So the movie itself is American values of the era. Women in pretty dresses called ‘girls’ by men who are over protective, over possessive, some of them are lightly sleazy, and far, far too interested in beauty giving them value. Classic ‘good girl gone bad’ who dresses all sexy when she’s evil. Everyone is, of course, very white.

Let’s move past the setting and onto the plot. Angry young woman dowsing for water finds a head in a casket. The casket says the equivalent of ‘don’t open this under any circumstances’. So of course they do.

Odd coincidence of having watched this just a few days after The Head Hunter.

“What do you mean, the late fifties? Nooo! I wanted to skip straight to the seventies! Put me back in the box! Put me back, I say!”

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