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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on 'Donovan's Brain,' Starring Lew Ayres

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood September 4, 2013 at 11:17AM

Brains on Ice! week continues at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing "Donovan's Brain," starring Lew Ayres, who achieved stardom as the benevolent Dr. Kildare, here playing yet another kindly doctor who nurtures a living brain (kept alive in a fish tank) only to have its sinister personality consume him.
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"Donovan's Brain"
"Donovan's Brain"

Brains on Ice! week continues at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing "Donovan's Brain," starring Lew Ayres, who achieved stardom as the benevolent Dr. Kildare, here playing yet another kindly doctor who nurtures a living brain (kept alive in a 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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.