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The Brain Leeches (1978)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Jones ...
Dr. John Hayes
Marcia Scott ...
Ray Starr ...
Rusty Fender
Jennifer Knight ...
Tom (as Brian Wolfe)
Billy Johnson
Ron Wright
Mark Stanfill
Tim Barrett
Sugar Lee
Malcom Brooks
Christopher Ray ...
Christopher, the Baby (as Chris Ray)
Mike Smith
Sandy Potter
Ace Dupre


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the brain recoils in horror
29 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Move over Plan 9? Maybe, maybe not. This is either the worst movie of all time or an intentional effort to make it so. The evidence points to a clever effort to purposely make a bad movie. The audience is treated to a variety of creatively employed camera tricks, amateurish acting and intentionally poor editing to simulate inept film production, but instead, the techniques used to "dumb down" the production are so blatant that the incredulous mind begins to take notice of the unintended artistic effects.

The plot, what little can be detected, is subordinate to the artsy camera effects, including several different types of diffusion filters that give you the impression the film has been buried underground in a cardboard box for eons. At times the scenes are so murky, diffused and poorly lighted that they take on the appearance of an impressionist's painting. There is also a suspicion the producers used cheap, horribly out-of-date film stock made in the old Soviet Union in combination with a cracker jack prize, toy movie camera, but by whatever means, the effect leaves the mind wandering in a dark, moody surreal landscape populated with anonymous faces moving about with unrelated purpose or meaning.

Beware! Do not stare too long or listen too closely to the dark, enigmatic scenes in which the "brain leech" spokesman keys an obsolete electric microphone to lay out their plans for conquering earth. His electric spark gizmo, unresolved, glowing eyes form and hypnotic whispers of doom will unlock your brain, allowing one of the wiggling, rubber ant "brain leeches" to crawl up your arm, invade your hapless skull and control your mind for your own good.

Earth's only hope of salvation takes a hideous and totally unexpected turn when two horny teenagers make love and then ram their 1968 Plymouth Barricuda into the abandoned garage where the brain leech gang is hiding out.

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