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Brain Dead (1990)

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A psychological thriller from the writer of the original "Twilight Zone!" In a showdown of man vs. machine, Martin plunges into a chaotic nightmare trying to save his mind from the ... See full summary »

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Cast

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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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Brain Surgeon
Maud Winchester ...
Crazy Anna
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A psychological thriller from the writer of the original "Twilight Zone!" In a showdown of man vs. machine, Martin plunges into a chaotic nightmare trying to save his mind from the megalomaniacal corporation! Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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From the writer of the original "Twilight Zone" comes the most terrifying film of the decade. See more »


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19 January 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Paranoia  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,627,955 (USA)
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Shot in twenty days. 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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Edited into Starquest II (1996) See more »

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Butterfly dreams of being a man
8 August 2003 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

The great Taoist master Chuang Tzu once dreamt that he was a butterfly fluttering here and there. In the dream he had no awareness of his individuality as a person. He was only a butterfly. Suddenly, he awoke and found himself laying there, a person once again. But then he thought to himself, "Was I before a man who dreamt about being a butterfly, or am I now a butterfly who dreams about being a man?"

This quote is being used in the film and clearly illustrates the basis of the brilliant screenplay. The claustrophobia of not knowing reality from imagined reality is very real in this film. Earlier acts by Bill Pullman, and Bill Paxton make for a real viewing pleasure. But the real star of the film is Bud Cort (Harold, from the film Harold and Maude). Set designs and lighting make for a fine surreal experience. This movie is a great one with a fine story, fine actors, fine cinematography, special-fx and direction. The music sounds like synths left over from the 80's. But that adds to the B-effect of the film. Highly recommended.


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