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The Brain (1988)

With the help of an alien organism, a man brainwashes audiences through television; a troubled high school student is determined to stop them.

Director:

Ed Hunt (as Edward Hunt)

Writer:

Barry Pearson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Bresnahan ... Jim Majelewski (as Tom Breznahan)
Cynthia Preston ... Janet (as Cyndy Preston)
David Gale ... Dr. Anthony Blakely
George Buza ... Verna
Christine Kossak ... Vivian (as Christine Kossack)
Bret Pearson Bret Pearson ... Willie
Bernice Quiggan Bernice Quiggan ... Mrs. Driscol
Susannah Hoffmann Susannah Hoffmann ... Becky
Justine Campbell Justine Campbell ... Doreen
Robert King Robert King ... Mr. Sweeting
Kenneth McGregor Kenneth McGregor ... Mr. Woods (as Ken McGregor)
Vinetta Strombergs Vinetta Strombergs ... Ms. Chisolm
Richard Gira Richard Gira ... Mr. Majelewski
Wendy Springate Wendy Springate ... Mrs. Majelewski
Harry Booker Harry Booker ... Officer Marks
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Storyline

Dr. Blake runs a TV show called "Independent Thinkers", which is sort of a Scientology-like self-help/religion program. But he's not making his audience think any more independently - with the help of an alien organism he calls The Brain, he's using brainwashing and mind control. The only thing that stands between them and world domination is a brilliant but troubled high school student with a penchant for pranks... Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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The Pounding of the Afterbrain Signals Vengeance and Death! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1988 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Az agy See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This film, including Deathstalker (1983,) was featured in the live traveling tour of Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 2018. See more »

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Pure sodium tossed into a toilet bowl would not result in a surge of water pressure around the building. It would most likely spark, smoke, and blow the bowl up almost instantly after contact. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Anthony Blakely: Thank you. Oh, thank you. Oh, what a wonderful audience. Such enthusiasm.
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WARNING: The washroom scene is a dramatic representation. Combining sodium and water may cause serious injury. Do not attempt it!!! See more »

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References Doctor Who (1963) See more »

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A no-brain film about a killer brain!
9 July 2007 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Although there was a lot of crap released in the eighties, one thing you can always count on from these films is a hilarious good time! The subject of this film (mind control) has been used many times before, but it's not usually explored with the aid of a mad doctor and a daft looking rubber brain! This plot is explored from the perspective of a young high school student who, in true eighties fashion, has a penchant for silly pranks and general tomfoolery. He uncovers the plot, lead by Dr. Anthony Blakely (David Gale, who played a similar role Re-Animator'), the host of a TV show called "Independent Thinkers". The show is supposed to help viewers, but it's actually a tool for the doctor to have the viewers of the show brainwashed. The silly plot "thickens" when the school lad is sent to the see the doctor by his school and ends up suffering hallucinations, before stumbling in on the doctor and his two assistants. Oh, and the monstrous brain creature that enjoys eating people and controlling minds...

Naturally, this film isn't exactly high quality. The acting is terrible and the production values are low quality, but of course that isn't important in a film like this. Director Ed Hunt (who also made the surprisingly decent eighties crapfest Bloody Birthday) always ensures that the film is fun, light-hearted viewing and that ensures that The Brain just about does its job. It's true that the film could have been better. The director never really makes good use of the rubber brain, which is a shame. It does feature in two big scenes, but its left languishing in its little tank too often. The only real star of the film is David Gale, who will be remembered by cult fans for his key role in Stuart Gordon's classic Re-Animator. His acting here isn't brilliant but he provides enough interest as the mad doctor; although his exit is extremely disappointing. Overall, I can't really recommend tracking this film down as it's not great or anything like a classic; but if you're into eighties tat, then you could certainly do a lot worse than it.


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