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The Brain Machine (1977)

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


Joy N. Houck Jr.


Thomas Hal Phillips (story and screenplay), Christian Garrison (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
James Best ... Rev. Emory Neill
Barbara Burgess Barbara Burgess ... Dr. Carol Portland
Gil Peterson ... Dr. Elton Morris
Gerald McRaney ... Willie West
Marcus J. Grapes Marcus J. Grapes ... Judd Reeves
Doug Collins Doug Collins ... Dr. Roland Roth
Ann Latham ... Minnie Lee Parks (as Anne Latham)
Thomas Hal Phillips Thomas Hal Phillips ... The General (as Thomas Phillips)
Christian Garrison Christian Garrison ... Garrison
Stocker Fontelieu Stocker Fontelieu ... Saxon
Tom Dever ... Bodyguard
Stuart Lancaster ... Senator
Zephirin Hymel IV Zephirin Hymel IV ... Dr. Krisner (as Zephirin Hymel)
Sam Sherrill Sam Sherrill ... A Guard
Stephen C. Burnham Stephen C. Burnham ... Williams
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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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It Has No Conscience,It Shows No Mercy.


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

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The lettering style of the credits looks the same as those in Mannix. See more »


Dr. Elton drives his car into the parking lot through the "DO NOT ENTER" exit. See more »


Judd Reeves: He was killed! You scientific bird brain!
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User Reviews

Some of the actors have probably forgotten they were in this movie
2 January 2003 | by latherzapSee all my reviews

I bought this (it was only $3, ok?) under the title "Grey Matter". The novelty of seeing Sherriff Roscoe in a non-DukesOfHazzard role intrigued me. As the other reviewers warned, it's a pretty boring tale of a top secret government experiment gone awry.

And yes, there are plenty of establishing shots, especially of a house with a pool in front of it. Some of the characters and interiors are so nondescript I guess the filmmakers worried we might forget who is who, so they keep tipping us off by first showing the outside of the buildings. It's actually kinda funny. After awhile the pool shot feels like a tv channel's station identification logo, reminding us that we are watching "Grey Matter".

I also enjoyed two bouts of name-calling. At one point an angry test subject taunts somebody in charge by calling her a "Scientific b*tch!". It's just a very inadequate insult. Several scenes later a different subject lets off steam by muttering about that "scientific b**tard!". It just sounded very awkward to me.

Someday this movie will disappear forever. Another decade from now it will likely be impossible to find any copies of it. Almost like it never happened.

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Release Date:

9 February 1987 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Gray Matter See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississippi, USA

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Howco Productions Inc. See more »
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1.85 : 1
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