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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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Berkovitch
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Brain Surgeon
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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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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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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,627,955 (USA)
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Trivia

H.P. Lovecraft created a fictional M.D. character "Dr. Halsey". Late in the movie Bud Cord's character "Halsey" turns out to be a M.D. 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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Pure Madness and Insanity
1 November 2004 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

The advantage of making a movie about madness is that you can sell almost ANYTHING as long as it's all confusing. From this point of view, Brain Dead is brilliant. However, if you expect to find a solution in the end, you will be disappointed.

My interpretation of Brain Dead is that you can never tell what is reality and what is imagination of the main character (Bill Pullman). I even doubt that the brain surgeon story at the beginning is real. During the movie we learn that you can never tell who Pullmans character really is - Rex Martin, Dr. Halsey, who ever? Is he really a brain surgeon, or is that his own imagination, too? Or is he himself the mad-gone maths employee? Or is he just an insane patient suffering fear of somebody messing with his mind?

I think that the brain surgeon story is a very clever move to confuse the audience, because it seems to be the clue for what is going on, but at the end, it isn't. It reminds me of the psycho-drug story in Jacobs Ladder, which isn't real, either.

However, I'd have liked to see a clever explanation for all that weird stuff at the end.


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