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Brain Dead (1990)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  19 January 1990 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rex Martin
Jim Reston
Jack Halsey
Man in Bloody White Suit / Ramsen / Ed Conklin
Dana Martin
Brian Brophy ...
David Sinaiko ...
Andy Wood ...
Brain Surgeon
Maud Winchester ...
Crazy Anna
Lisa Moncure ...
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member


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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Release Date:

19 January 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Paranoia  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)


$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 »


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


Dr. Halsey: We can't all do good, but at least do no harm.
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References Re-Animator (1985) See more »

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"We can't all do good, but at least do no harm."
19 September 2001 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Brain Dead...where do I begin? One could easily go crazy thinking about this movie. Brain Dead was written by the late Charles Beaumont (the man responsible for some of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes) and was directed by Adam Simon (The American Nightmare). It's basically one long chaotic nightmare and, at the same time, one of my favorite films. It's a real head trip where one is constantly questioning the sanity of the main characters. Is Bill Pullman crazy, is Bill Paxton out to get Bill Pullman, should the two Bills be taken seriously? In this movie, yes. The Bills are excellent and so is the rest of the cast. This is the film that really made me take notice of Bud Cort. He's hilarious as Halsey. If you're up for some serious insanity, give Brain Dead a spin. I give this movie a 10 on the psychological mind bender scale. It ranks up there with Cronenberg's Videodrome.

Note for genre buffs: Miskatonic University is mentioned by Dr. Martin in the film. That is the same school Dr. West attends in Re-Animator and is mentioned in many films based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

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