Disturbing trailer for doc on Soviet dog-reanimation experiments


24 Responses to “Disturbing trailer for doc on Soviet dog-reanimation experiments”

  1. jimbuck says:

    Good lord.  I knew I shouldn’t have watched that.  Unicorn chaser, por favor.

  2. i saw some of the film clips from these experiments years ago, and they rank right up there in the list of things i wish i’d never seen.

  3. Boundegar says:

    I find the mismatch between the audio and video annoying. Felt the same way about that last Die Antwoord video – like the song, like the video, but they’re just awful together.

  4. The best part of the original Experiments movie was the presence of J.B.S. Haldane (one of the founders of the field of population genetics and one of the best British biologists of all time) in the intro. Yes, this was in his card-carrying Marxist phase

  5. Brainspore says:

    I think there may have been some dispute as to whether Bryukhonenko really managed to reanimate that dog’s head or whether it was faked for the film. There’s no footage that shows the business end of the severed head with the tubes hooked up, so it would have been pretty easy to pull off a The Brain That Wouldn’t Die.

    • Yes, I don’t see how anyone can really take it seriously given that none of it has been replicated (even with mice) in the 70 years since it was supposedly done.

      • Brainspore says:

        There were similar and better-documented experiments in later decades, including Dr. Robert White’s 1970 “monkey head transplant” experiment at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. So it’s not impossible that Bryukhonenko really did at least some of the things he claimed but the evidence is far from conclusive. It’s even possible that he did reanimate a dog’s head but the footage in the film was a faked depiction of the real experiment.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Maybe Jan in the Pan would have been happier if she had had a dog head for company.

    • lanzz says:

      Actually, in the scene where the dog “reacts” to sounds, it seems to me it would be impossible for the head to jerk the way it does without any neck/shoulder muscles connected to the torso.

  6. Robin Gherghetta says:

    Can’t find any info on the artist. Anyone else?

  7. Hank says:

    And let us not forget that this work was being done when Stalin was at his nuttiest. I would guess that appearance of success was more important than accurate noting of the failure to succeed. Exercise for the reader: learn about the wonder that was Lysenkoism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysenkoism

  8. Mantzfield says:

    Everyone should check out the Flat Earth Society song that was written to accompany the same video. 
    It rocks my world.


  9. Abdul Qudus says:

    I have already watched guinea pigs being eaten & now this. I am heading to my fridge and open the bottle.

  10. Nadreck says:

    Herbert West had much more success than this in the field of re-animation!

    • austinhamman says:

       damn first the guy above about how the head moved too much now this… now i have nothing to comment

  11. crenquis says:

    United States Patent 4666425:  Device for perfusing an animal head – The Dis Corporation

  12. Narrativist says:


    Our first commenter on this post requested a unicorn chaser, which I regard as a healthy and normal response to this bit of vivisectionist porn. While I appreciate that female astronauts and 3D printed fuel valves are certainly nice things, I do not think that these posts constitute what a reasonable person would regard as a unicorn chaser.

    You may argue that we readers have no reason to expect or demand unicorn chasers, and it’s true that you may organize your blog as you see fit. But merciful Zeus, sir! If we cannot abide by the most basic of civil niceties and the social contract that compels a unicorn chaser, then we are no better than the cats!

  13. Carlos Mal says:

    How in the hell is this band —Kurtz—  not famous? This piece is simply amazing.

  14. ifreecarve says:

    I feel the need to point out that the “disturbing” “horrifying” video of the experiments in the revival of organisms was created in 1940 — predating CPR by about 20 years.  While I lack the data to say whether CPR is a direct result of this research, I’m not sure what other experiment could prove that people aren’t automatically dead (beyond revival) just because their heart stops beating.  I don’t think that such a miracle of medical science deserves the harsh labeling it’s receiving here.

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