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Brain Dead (1990)

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

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Rex Martin
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Jim Reston
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Jack Halsey
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Man in Bloody White Suit / Ramsen / Ed Conklin
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Dana Martin
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Vance
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Ellis
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Berkovitch
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Sacks
Andy Wood ...
Brain Surgeon
Maud Winchester ...
Crazy Anna
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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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19 January 1990 (USA)  »

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Paranoia  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,627,955 (USA)
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Dr Martin mentions that he went to "Miskatonic University," the college where Re-Animator (1985) took place. Miskatonic University is supposedly located in Arkham, MA, a fictional town created by H.P. Lovecraft. 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. Halsey: We can't all do good, but at least do no harm.
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Featured in Carnosaur (1993) 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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underrated movie
4 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very underrated movie that somewhat reminds you of Jacob's Ladder. The movie starts out with Bill Pullman as a doctor who studies brains and has a lab full of brains in glass bottles. Pullman is friends with Bill Paxton and Paxton is in some trouble with the corporation he works with and tries to get Pullman to help him. Pullman agrees and and he has to try and find out if a brilliant doctor, played by Bud Cort, who went and killed his family is actually insane or not. Pullman says he his insane and Paxton isn't too happy about it because Cort has some top secret information in his head and Paxton doesn't want it to ever get out. Pullman operates on him and then and the next thing Pullman knows he is in a mental ward and his entire reality starts to mess with him and he can't tell what is real and what is not. It's a great movie that should be more well known.


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