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The Brain (1988)

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


Ed Hunt (as Edward Hunt)


Barry Pearson (screenplay)





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 ... 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


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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Horror | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


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


During the first scene at the school, how would tossing an explosive device down a toilet cause a surge of water out of a drinking fountain? Toilets should lead into the sewer. Are they drinking toilet water? See more »


[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 »


Featured in Svengoolie: The Brain (1995) See more »

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Mild cheese
21 October 2006 | by TikkinSee all my reviews

I found this really cheap on DVD recently and just HAD to snap it up - it's one of those horror flicks I kept seeing on ebay but didn't want to pay too much for it.

It turns out that it's not a bad cheesy monster flick, but nothing special either. I would describe it as average. The brain itself is funny to watch, especially when it attacks. The scene at the end where it explodes in a shower of sparks is hilarious. The plot is silly and loosely ties all the events together. There's some boring moments and some fun moments.

Overall I would rate it as average. There's loads of better films out there, if you're a fan of The Brain then you may want to check out The Suckling (a film about an aborted killer foetus) or The Deadly Spawn. Both have similarities to The Brain and are much more entertaining.

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4 November 1988 (Canada) See more »

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