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Brain Dead (1990)

In a showdown of man versus machine, Martin plunges into a chaotic nightmare trying to save his mind from the megalomaniacal corporation.

Director:

Adam Simon

Writers:

Charles Beaumont (screenplay), Adam Simon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Pullman ... Rex Martin
Bill Paxton ... Jim Reston
Bud Cort ... Jack Halsey
Nicholas Pryor ... Man in Bloody White Suit / Ramsen / Ed Conklin
Patricia Charbonneau ... Dana Martin
George Kennedy ... Vance
Brian Brophy Brian Brophy ... Ellis
David Sinaiko David Sinaiko ... Berkovitch
Lee Arenberg ... Sacks
Andy Wood Andy Wood ... Brain Surgeon
Maud Winchester Maud Winchester ... Crazy Anna
Lisa Moncure Lisa Moncure ... Board Member
Jon Kellam ... Board Member
Willie Garson ... Board Member
John Paxton ... Board Member
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Dr. Rex Martin is a leading neurosurgeon specializing in the cerebral misfunctions that cause mental illnesses, whose expertise is called up by an old school chum, Jim Reston, who is now part of the mega-corporation Eunice. Reston needs Dr. Martin's help in extracting crucial data from the mind of John Halsey, once a top mathematician at Eunice, now a paranoid at the local asylum. Can Dr. Martin help both Halsey and his friend, or is he getting caught up in a corporate nightmare from which he may never escape? Written by EllenRipley112

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You have nothing to lose... except your mind. See more »


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Trivia

In the late 1980s, Julie Corman got summer interns to go through several hundred old scripts. The best one they discovered was this one written by Charles Beaumont for Roger Corman in the 1960s. Director Adam Simon liked it and updated it for modern times. See more »

Goofs

The computer in the brain lab changes from IBM compatible type (when switched off) to Commodore Amiga (when graphics is displayed). See more »

Quotes

Dr. Rex Martin: My brains are individuals - they're special - they're unique.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Carnosaur (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Brain Dance
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Todd Rosenthal (as Andrew Todd) and Patrick Shipstad
Drum programming by David Roberti
Performed by Martini Ranch
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Brain Dead, really messy, but neat
19 September 2009 | by Samiam3See all my reviews

Brain Dead is many things, including a mess, but with an ambitious story which is enough to hide the idiocy (mostly), it becomes a fairly enjoyable mess.

Dr. Rex Martin is a renowned brain surgeon who is approached one day by a representative of the Eunice corporation. One of the corporation's best mathematicians has gone Brain Dead, but there are still some numerical data locked in the back of his mind which Eunice wants. Dr. Martin is asked to operate, but as he manages to tap into the patient's mind, he triggers something in his own. He starts behaving strangely. What follows is a seemingly endless series of dreams and illusions that follows the old rhetorical 'what is fantasy and what is reality' question.

As messy as Brain Dead is, it's not dull. The question is whether you enjoy being confused. Making do with a fragmented budget, first time director Adam Simon has constructed the film with a kind of post-modern sci-fi approach. There are times when it resembles some of David Cronenberg's early work, which shows that the film has intellectual potential, but I would'nt call Brain Dead an intelligent film. Then again, next to Carnosaur (simon's proceeding feature) This is actually pretty brilliant.

If I am interpreting correctly, it looks as if Brain Dead is trying to say that the brain is not merely a vital organ, it is a living thing. Whether I am right or not, means nothing. You can interpret this film any way you want.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paranoia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,627,955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,627,955
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Chace Surround

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1.85 : 1
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