Soviet Reanimated Dog Head: Film Revisited

By Zombie Hunter Sam

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Reanimated corpse! Live on film!

I touched a nerve with my earlier post about reanimated dogs heads. This is a followup to that post, as well as an addendum to my article about types of zombies. This would fall under the scientifically reanimated corpse.

In the 40’s, the Soviets were working on experiments involving reanimating mammals, specifically canines. In this film, witness the shock and horror as organs are reanimated though electricty and with mechanical hearts and lungs! Now, it’s noted that this is no outstanding feat, a human heart can operate with nutrient rich blood and plasma alone. What’s fascinating in this film, is the apparently conscious and reactive head of a dog. Is it merely muscle synapses and reflexes? Perhaps, but the dog shows a keen awareness to its surroundings, suggesting activated sight, sound and other senses.

Canines? Yes. Humans? Perhaps. How long can we wait? Hours or days? It stands that a reanimated human head would be responsive to its surroundings, and most likely not feral and try to eat you. This of course, begs the question of human souls and the like, where this news report will not go.

One thing remains certain. DESTROY THE BRAIN. You won’t see that dog head barking and licking its chops if it has no brain.

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  • 1 BEX Mar 13, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Wow. Thats ‘Effing Crazy.

  • 2 Fayel May 6, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    not fucking crazy…… fucking fake…. if this were true then we would be bringing people back from the dead a long time ago… even if you were able to do this with a person when they are brought back they would be brain dead….. meaning there would be no reason to bring someone back to life if they are going to be brain dead when or if they come back.

  • 3 Hayley May 25, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Definitely fake. If that dog head was dead even for just a few minutes the brain would have been deprived of oxygen too long for it to have nomral responses like that. It’s like having a stroke, there is almost no chance that that dog’s brain would still be capable of reacting properly to light and sounds, and without a complete neck the dog would also be unable to lick its nose as is shown in this film.

    Trust me, I work in a veterinary clinic and I have seen dogs revived after being dead for only 3 minutes. Even after only a couple of minutes I have never seen a dog revived that regained complete and proper function of its eyes, ears, and nerves.

  • 4 Andy Jun 4, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Funny how soviets use english uh? =P

  • 5 siewen Sep 8, 2008 at 5:04 am

    Why I don’t think it was fake, I do remember hearing them mention “blood transfushion” and perhaps that was the first way it was done. Usually, if someone is in need of one now a days, docs know right away and give it to you be4 death. But, this is completely cruel….killing dogs for their selfish reasons….everything is suppose to die, don’t punish or torture others to avoid fate. Im not impressed. Give me a dog that’s been dead of it’s natural causes and most of it’s organs disenegrated and bring THAT back to life, then I’ll be impressed…..

  • 6 STRYKER Sep 9, 2008 at 11:14 am


  • 7 Qystein Oct 15, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Its not fake!
    It would work on humans too, BUT!
    This must be done before 3mins after the heart stoped beating, or our human brain would litteraly die.
    Its our weakest point, and the braincells die if they dont get a constant flow of oxygen. (takes much longer if you freeze before you die.) Im a medic in the Rolyal Norwegian Airforce and know alot about how to keep people artificially alive.
    Dog live more on instinct, and therefor the brain may survive longer without oxygen than we do, and therefor its possible for it to liveon afterwards!

    (my english is not the best, but I hope you undersstand)

  • 8 ALischa Trigger Nov 5, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Although creepy, and relatively informative I do have my doubts. I have dogs (not making me an expert or anything). I don’t doubt that organs and such can be sustained outside of the body given the little necessities, I mean we do that every day in the 21st century, however the brain reacting the way it does to oxegyn loss leaves me wondering. It would have taken then a pretty lenghthy amount of time to sever the dogs head, by cutting, and immediately reattaching arteries and veins to pumps, and elecrtic sources to nerves. Not only that, but anyone who pays attention to the slightest amount of detail can see that, the way the head moves, practically lifting it’s self at some points in the video, would suggest that there’s alot more to the dog than what we are being shown. The animal looks drugged, given it’s reactions. As for the last part, where the dog is drained of it’s blood.. Kind of unsettling. That could have happened, by that I mean they actually did it. But I can’t see that, by just returning the blood to the body, it would have a reverse/reanimating effect. The brain, from my understanding, would be practically useless. I couldn’t even imagine that the animal would even be able to walk, or control it’s self. People will do their research and find that the doctor was actually a real person, however Soviet propaganda was just as real.

  • 9 Educate yourself Dec 1, 2008 at 4:29 am

    You people are uneducated. From what knowledge are you speaking of when you call this fake? YOur text book bullshit from high school? Get educated, you aren’t a doctor, you know nothing about possibilities. Reanimation is totally possible, it not main streamed because of ethical issues, thats why these videos are old because back in the day, ethics didn’t matter too much you see. Smallest living organism on earth are cells, it only takes one good cell to keep anything going.

  • 10 I agree with Several of you. Dec 6, 2008 at 4:25 am

    Its obviouse that the reason why we dont do this kind of stuff now is because there would be all kinds of riots. The Media would; How do I put this gently…. Have a HEART ATTACK if we out of the blue figured out how to raise the dead. People would pay A LOT of money to bring back the dead. But the real question is why? If you brought your closest most loved family member back to life from a 2 year slumber in a coffin. They will be alive but they will only be able to hang they’re tounge out and say
    “Nuuuuuuuuuuuggghhhmmmmm…..” It would lead to a VERY serious and uncurable mental Retardation.
    And they would’nt even have your basic motor skills. This is NOT fake but its something that should’nt be let out into the media and Even if it were to have a procedure done it would be an EXTREMELY LARGE WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME. I am not saying that we would will all turn into Zombies and that would lead to the 2012 outbreak….ummmm
    But it could be something that shouldnt get out. Thats why the only video footage we have is this crap from the 40’s sooooooooooooooooo :D

  • 11 Gamez Dec 6, 2008 at 6:33 am

    i agree with the people who say it is NOT fake because you never know because all of you people who are saying that this is impossible or that it just cant happen you join the countless others throughout history like gallelio who said that the universe revolves around the sun and was shunned by the church and it turns out that he was indeed right so anything is possible

  • 12 Your Darkest Desire Dec 28, 2008 at 10:15 am

    why isnt the media all over this? ill give you one damn good reason; religion. if the media were to widely cover this,it would enduce a plethora of religious riots because of pissed off finatics who are mad because we, as humans, “have no right to “play god” by giving life (to a cadaver) be it dog or human”

  • 13 Your Darkest Desire Dec 31, 2008 at 2:56 am

    yeah, but it doesnt really seem that the reanimated zombies would spark an outbreak

  • 14 Your Darkest Desire Dec 31, 2008 at 7:32 am

    this is simply facinating…this is the first time i have actualy gotten to watch the video..and andy, above here, aparently doesnt realise that the video seems to origionaly be in russian, just with an english commentarry and subtitles on the diagram. I believe that this video is real, but who knows, maby it isnt. that doesnt stop the fact that reanimation of dead tissue is deffinatly possable and happening now. i mean, if not the whole organisim yet, look at heart transplants, liver transplants ect. that are being widely done as we speak.

  • 15 Laughing Man Jan 29, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Human Re-Animation should not be an official study, scientist should not touch what god has forbiden us to touch. This is a warning that we are evolving to quickly.Re-animation im in discuss with this. crossing the line with the dead is to much for a human being.

  • 16 Your Darkest Desire Jan 29, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    that is nothing more than symantics. a mater in which we are not here to disguss. we are here to talk about fact, not opinion. while i do respect your right to opinion, it would seem more relavent to speak of that which can be backed up with fact.(please forgive my poor spelling. lol)

  • 17 StevieC Jan 30, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Just one question. How does a disembodied head move on the table? The dog’s head actually moves and shifts around when both the light is shone on it and the hammer is tapped. How do the neck muscles even function, they are NOT attached to a spinal cord to serve as an anchor. It is the same case as with vocal cords, they wouldn’t function. I have my doubts about the veracity of the film. Then again, I was no biology major. If I am missing anything please let me know.

  • 18 Sam Jan 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Note that the head doesn’t twitch, but moves from the jaw line, it’s the jaw that’s pushing it around. I think its an authentic film. The head basically responds as an other mammalian organ will respond when hooked up to blood and oxygen; it performs its function. Is the dog alive? Yes in the sense that its head is seemingly aware and responsive. No, because once unhooked it will become dead again. How long can it remain in this state, this “undead” state as long as it is hooked up to the autojektor?

  • 19 Laughing Man Feb 12, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Studies shown that a ”autojektor” should keep an a limb going for 3-6 months of ”life”…….Bahh i need more proff of this scientific studies, we need a structual analisys on this matter.(excuse my spelling -_-)

  • 20 Laughing Man Feb 12, 2009 at 7:54 am

    I really like your opinion Sam….(^.^

  • 21 Laughing Man Feb 12, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Here’s an experiment anybody could do, well if u have feelings for animals don’t try this please! This is for science please don’t hate me.I know its a cruel and stupid idea, but if u like science this is perfect.

    1. Obtain desired number of Golden Hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus).

    2. Place in ice bath at temperature -5°C.

    3. Leave hapless rodents to cool until hearts have stopped beating, respiration has ceased, animals are frozen rigid and are-– by any conventional definition of life– no longer alive.

    4. After 60-90 minutes, remove hamsters from ice bath.

    5. If required, cut sections of one or more control animals to determine degree of freezing. Please note– animals thus examined should not be used in subsequent reanimation attempts.

    6. Warm the hearts of the frozen hamsters until they start up again, followed by gentle re-warming of the rest of the animal(s) until miraculous recovery occurs.

    7. Determine number of survivor’s.

  • 22 Informed Opinion Apr 6, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    *takes a very, very deep breath*

    You can stimulate dead tissue to contract through electrical and chemical stimulation if kept in a saline bath.
    Attaching blood flow to the head of a dead dog in no way reanimates it, otherwise noone with an artificial heart, or with a pacemaker would ever die.
    Synaptic transmission is mainly chemical, not electrical, and the “electrical” aspect of it relates to a wave of membrane depolarisation.
    The reason that people sustain brain damage after three minutes of no oxygen supply is because upon ceasing of certain physiological signals cells have a death response which results in major brain damage as well as irreperable tissue change.
    The reanimation of dead brain tissue is in no way the same as the stimulation of muscle tissue. Muscular tissue reacts to a simple chemical signal of Acetyl Choline, a neurotransmitter, the effect of which is mimicable with an electric potential difference across the muscle, hence why muscle tissue can be stimulated to contract after removal from an organism if kept “alive” (i.e. supplied with the chemicals required to stop it undergoing a death-response). The chemical exchange which governs an act even as apparently simple as licking lips is vastly more complex and simply supplying oxygenated blood to dead tissue does not suddenly reverse the effects of decay on muscle. Also, where’s the ATP or neurotransmitter coming from?

    Utter fantasy rubbish I’m afraid, if I laid my dogs head on a table so that its body was hidden I could make it respond to light and sound as well.

    And for the paranoid:

    Your government isn’t trying to keep stuff from you. As someone who works in a neuro lab, I can tell you that if true dead tissue reanimation existed, the general public would know. If the government was trying to “cover it up” then how come such advancements as designer babies, genetic vector manipulation etc. are widely known about? We have (in all truth) the technology to implant foetuses with genetic information that can make them glow in any colour. We recently teleported hydrogen nuclei across a desert. Science is an area where little is “covered up”.

    Sorry about the long-winded preachy post but if you work proffessionally in a field then it’s irritating to talk to uninformed people who are very sure of their views. Hope this was informative, and if any mistakes lie in here then it could be due to the lateness of the hour and the inebriation of the person typing.


    Oh, can I point out I really love the concept of zombies, love zombie movies, play left 4 dead now and again and am genuinely terrified of the possibility of 28-days later style mutated rabies infestations.

    Even later.

    And I restrained myself from killing the person who referred to the head as an organ.

  • 23 Informed Opinion Apr 6, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Sorry to multi-post.

    The head isn’t an organ! It doesn’t have a function! That’s like saying the torso is an organ! The heart is a muscle. The inflation of a lung is caused by muscular contraction. Just because the lungs in the video expand and contract does not mean that they are oxygenating blood.


    The heart doesn’t contract due to blood flow through it! It CAUSES blood flow by its contraction. The heart has a small “pacemaker” on it which stimulates it to contract at regular intervals, a function controlled by an impulse from the brain. Even if supplying the dead, severed heart with ATP and oxygen could cause it to contract, it wouldn’t beat, it would just spazz out and clench shut.

    Definite, definite, definite definite fake.

    Also freezing hamsters isn’t the same. Reanimation after “death” by freezing isn’t the same as tissue death is staved off due to a drastically reduced metabolic rate as well as a preservative effect of the cold, all that happens is your body slows down to the point of near-standstill.

  • 24 Sam Apr 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks, IO, I value your input. I know the head isn’t an organ, I meant it appeared to function as a whole, all parts seemed to be working in the video.

    I for one, think the severed dog head is alive and not faked. Given a short enough timespan to prevent rot and decay, it could be reactivated with the blood and oxygen supply, and still have enough ATP to twitch and lick its chops for a few minutes. On the other hand, the video could be faked to showcase Great Soviet Science.

    Hearts survive on their way to transplants, and with a special device, they arrive stronger — the heart sits in an artifical chest with a pump, and when it receives oxygen and nutrient rich blood, it begins to pump.

    I’m not one to believe in a reanimated necrotic fleshling, that’s just silly. But strange science like this and rabies like “infected” type zombies require less of a stretch.

  • 25 Gix Apr 27, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    This is real. Believe me, It is.

    This sort of thing is actually done all the time with people, though with things like defibrillators rather then recirculation of the blood. As for the dog head, yes, its real too. The brain requires only oxygenated blood to survive in the sort term, so keeping a head alive for a few hours isn’t too hard as long as you give it the blood it needs. There were further experiments done with this, including resurrection even after hours of death. The problem was that the animal had severe mental damage. Not to mention no other dog would go near it.

    Also, these three dogs they show are probably just a few out of the dozens that they tested. The rest probably died of some complication or another.

    Hearts can beat as long as they are supplied with blood and the correct electrical charges.

    Also the idea of never dying as long as you have an artificial heart ignores not only the need of oxygenated blood but of all the other vital chemicals the body generates for the brain.

    This may seem miraculous, but its really not. What you see are probably the few successes out of dozens of deaths.

  • 26 wesker Jun 15, 2009 at 7:49 am

    yeah…it is really real…ahh…before i talked to a russian citezen in some kind of chat room….and i ask him about this soviet experiment….he said yes…it’s real…i believe in him bec. he knows more info about his country than the other….he actualy know about this reanimated dog….

  • 27 logan Jun 17, 2009 at 2:19 am

    fucked up but fascinating

  • 28 truth for all Jun 20, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    i really think this is bull shit there just tryin to stage us there hidin the real shit the real stuff would probable be hidden either inside or ona mountain or in a chemical lab in a run down 1800’s factory

  • 29 mc Jul 2, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    This experiment actually happened….it was done by a guy named Sergei S. Bryukhonenk.

    The dog was NOT dead. This was NOT reanimation. It was decapitated and immediately attached to a heart/lung machine. The machine was called an autojektor, and you can look it up.

  • 30 pearl Jul 18, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    this is my frist time hearing about this. i got [serious] afrter watching a zombbie flick last night and started looking up reanimation of courpes. i [truely] [believe] that this is real. i dont agree with the people who say this is fake. i [believe] that our government and other governments around the world are always tyring [different] experiments. the only reson that they dont tell us things is because people would flip out! think about it this is some scary, cruel, and weird shit!!! our GOVERNMENT TESTED ACID ON OUR [VIETNAM] VETS! HELLO! what makes you think that they dont test shit on dead bodies? they test shit on [people] who are alive right now so why not? the thing with the dog head is real. some say that it cant move because it has no spine, but [really] watch the vidieo, its not moving dramaticaly. its just kinda twitchy. and no one talks about the full dog that they reanimate. G[ee] whys that? ill tell you why becuse everything is done right in front of you! you see them drain the blood, stop breathing and [lose] a heart beat. if they can do it to a whole dog im pretty sure that they can do it to the head alone. And i honestly [believe] that they have tried this on [people] i [believe] that dogs [were] just the first testers because they didnt want to take the chance on killing poeple right away. [plus] they had to [figure] out how to to this first. i can go on and about all kinds of weird [government] stuff but ill keep it short

  • 31 Sam Jul 18, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing your concerns, Pearl.

  • 32 Random Guy Aug 2, 2009 at 2:06 am

    If this was real, then why was there no blood gushing out of the dogs head? where was the blood?

  • 33 Random Guy Aug 2, 2009 at 3:15 am

    To Pearl: Did you see the puncture point on the dog where they drained the blood from? Are you sure that was blood? would they not have been able to edit the film so that it looked like the dog died, but it was really a replica put in it’s place that they were poking in the eye? Are you sure that it was the dog’s heartbeat and respiration making those needles move? I only saw an animitronic dog lying in the bed with a cover on the lower half for some unknown reason, and a bunch of Illusions easily performed with a 5 year old and a camera.

  • 34 Orange glint Dec 25, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Before I actually saw any of the experiments I knew this was fake. I’m not saying its not possible, it is. This video was made to look older than it really is. And to people saying that its impossible because of oxygen deprivation: Strokes don’t make people braindead and neither does death to an extent. One of the things that [classifies] life is reaction to external stimuli, if you poke a mentally handicapped person in the eye regardless of weather they wear diapers and drool all over themselves or not they will still flinch its been ingrained into our brains over millions of years that when something moves [toward] your eye you should blink. The human brain is thousands of time more complex than a dogs and I believe that it would take a much longer period of time for the brain of a dog to completely cease function. And who’s to say that the movements are random muscle contractions due to the electricity rather than the brain being active at all. A headless cockroach can live around two weeks without its head before starving to dead.

    Pepole think about what they see to hard instead of useing common sense. Most often the simpilest answer is the most likey.

  • 35 JohnJohn Feb 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Why is this fake? With reoxygenated blood, the cells are able to absorb.. It’s like reviving a human from the dead after 10 minutes of nothing. Sometimes there is brain damage, however, there have been numerous occasions that, the brain and the person, behave absolutely normal. What they show is with in that fine time frame of life and death, that the brain and organs are able to be mechanically operated, and then possibly revived in a sense back to functionality / normality. Nothing fake about this, but I want to see something brought back several hours after death, and maintain a normal functionality..

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  • 37 Captain Obvious Nov 16, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Hayley is not very smart, top of this lising, Hayley if you worked in a vet office, then you would know that the whole “breathing thing”, yeah smart one, that oxygen that comes into the lungs, well its for the blood. The dog head doesn’t need oxygen, duh, they have that covered with the blood pumping through…soooo, you’re a rocket scientist.

  • 38 randomjane Dec 27, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    They already have figured out how to do this. They can freeze someone who is in a vegetated state or a coma or dead already for a short amount of time. they freeze the person at some degree of negative temperature. while the person does who knows what in their suspended animation or w.e else you may believe you do when you “die” if you die. They KNOW how to bring someone back its just the fact when re-introducing air into the neurons in your brain and blood WILL actually KILL the person before it has a chance to HELP. Personally I think this is sick. But its the fact they can not find a way to slowly warm and re-introduce air into the cadaver slow enough to help he or she and regain brain and heart function. I suppose it possible that the scientists up there also somehow prevented the blood from clotting after the normal brain function and heart has stopped? because when your body shuts down it also shuts off the un-needed limbs and sends it all to the heart/chest and brain. reanimation is likely but more unlikely I believe! But what do I know? All I do is just watch a lot of health science documentaries and read old medical texts. No where near a scientist of doctor.

  • 39 Just.Danny Jan 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Is it possible in the future in which “nano bots” exists can they be programed to find newly deceased humans and re-animate them. In a world where this is possible what will be our fate? Would destroying the brain still work?

  • 40 i dont have one Nov 24, 2011 at 3:51 am

    and yes fayel after a period depending on many veriables the brain dose get OXY starved and begin to be dameged resulting in memory loss full body paralisis and or many other problems or being incapeible of responce in which there good for organs

  • 41 TrueStory Apr 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    actually when you use the power of electricity on any living organism, the muscles will move because we are powered by electricity after all, its not fake, the dog is dead, its the muscles moving from the electrical discharge.

  • 42 Darkside Jul 13, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Reanimated the dead is very possible, you can even make organ’s work normally out of a body for years. Think about this logically if you know how to operate something and maintain it, it will be done Human’s are no more special then animal’s biologically speaking. We are made of meat and organ’s like everything else we just have a more sophisticated brian to be able to do things like bringing the dead back, but like people said the dead brought back would have no emtion’s and be basically useless so you can bring back the body but not the mind it seem’s like.

  • 43 RG Dec 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    The famous rumor is that the soviets did this to human beings. The purpose would be military. Preventing wounded soldiers from expiring before reaching treatment, or splicing the head of a valuable officer with the body of a useless private. The “informed opinion” turd sounds more like a disinformation official. Why would governments lie to their civilian populations? Uh, to keep enemies of that country in the dark? To avoid criminal prosecution? To continue programs that are obviously morally wrong? To negate the possibility of funding being cut? You don’t need to be paranoid to see that. All zombies are brain damaged. Total brain capacity is not necessary for life. A lobotomy patient is a partial zombie. This is a debate over degrees, not possibility.

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