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Several people volunteer for a scientific experiment about mind-reading and memory, but the experiment goes horribly wrong.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rev. Emory Neill
Barbara Burgess ...
Dr. Carol Portland
Dr. Elton Morris
Willie West
Marcus J. Grapes ...
Judd Reeves
Doug Collins ...
Dr. Roland Roth
Ann Latham ...
Minnie Lee Parks (as Anne Latham)
Thomas Hal Phillips ...
The General (as Thomas Phillips)
Christian Garrison ...
Stocker Fontelieu ...
Tom Dever ...
Stuart Lancaster ...
Zephirin Hymel IV ...
Dr. Krisner (as Zephirin Hymel)
Sam Sherrill ...
A Guard
Stephen C. Burnham ...


Several people volunteer for a scientific experiment about mind-reading and memory, but the experiment goes horribly wrong.

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It Has No Conscience,It Shows No Mercy.


Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »




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9 February 1987 (West Germany)  »

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Gray Matter  »

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Sheriff Rosco as you've NEVER seen him before!
6 March 1999 | by (Arlington Heights, IL) – See all my reviews

James Best (Rosco From "Dukes of Hazzard") plays an emotionally tortured clergyman who volunteers for a secretive government experiment in this tepid, badly-edited thriller. The other participants in the experiment are: a fat slob, a hillbilly woman, and a wimpy guy played by Gerald McRaney. They seem like normal (if annoying) folks at first, but they all have terrible secrets in their past. The government wants to put these people in something called the "E-Box," which looks like a big cubicle filled with lawn furniture. While inside, their darkest, most embarrassing memories are dredged up for the world to see. Of course, the experiment goes horribly, horribly wrong, and there's a lot of pain, suffering, and death in the last half hour of the movie. The rest is just a rather confusing series of scenes showing big office buildings and people in lab coats. There are about 372 shots of a swimming pool for some reason. If you love establishing shots, THIS IS THE MOVIE FOR YOU. They establish the HELL out of these scenes. The exact point of the experiment remains a mystery to me. Surely, there are cheaper and more efficient ways for the goverment to make people feel bad about themselves. So in summary, "The Brain Machine" -- rent it, won't you?

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