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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 ... 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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Mind over Matter. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1988 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Az agy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The dialogue implies that the story takes place in the US, but the road signs are obviously Canadian. 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 Re-Animator (1985) See more »

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The Brain: Silly but fun creature feature
1 December 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

The 1980's were saturated with creature features and that's one of the reasons I think they were the best time for horror.

The Brain is a fine example and though silly it's a lot of fun if you can just take your brain out for a moment (Pun intended and hilarious).

It tells the story of an evil guy intent on brainwashing everyone in town through his television show using a erm......brain....creature...thing.

It's certainly one of those movies which doesn't explain a vast amount and expects you to fill in the gaps. In this case however considering the subject matter I had no problem with that at all.

With a creature that looks like a Madball (Which oddly started the year before this came out) it's not all that easy to take seriously but I really don't think you're supposed to.

At its core it's just a creature feature with a big conspiracy plot behind it with a passable cast and sfx.

Sure it's not for everyone, in fact it could be considered niche but it's watchable stuff for what it is.

The Good:

Creature is interesting

Plot is passable

The Bad:

Very little is actually explained

Still a bit silly

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Everything you see on television is real

Police car rear doors can be opened at will from the inside

Axes are immune to bloodstains


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