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Brain Dead (1990)

In a showdown of man versus machine, Martin plunges into a chaotic nightmare trying to save his mind from the megalomaniacal corporation.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Pullman ... Rex Martin
Bill Paxton ... Jim Reston
Bud Cort ... Jack Halsey
Nicholas Pryor ... Man in Bloody White Suit / Ramsen / Ed Conklin
Patricia Charbonneau ... Dana Martin
George Kennedy ... Vance
Brian Brophy Brian Brophy ... Ellis
David Sinaiko David Sinaiko ... Berkovitch
Lee Arenberg ... Sacks
Andy Wood Andy Wood ... Brain Surgeon
Maud Winchester Maud Winchester ... Crazy Anna
Lisa Moncure Lisa Moncure ... Board Member
Jon Kellam ... Board Member
Willie Garson ... Board Member
John Paxton ... Board Member
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Storyline

Dr. Rex Martin is a leading neurosurgeon specializing in the cerebral misfunctions that cause mental illnesses, whose expertise is called up by an old school chum, Jim Reston, who is now part of the mega-corporation Eunice. Reston needs Dr. Martin's help in extracting crucial data from the mind of John Halsey, once a top mathematician at Eunice, now a paranoid at the local asylum. Can Dr. Martin help both Halsey and his friend, or is he getting caught up in a corporate nightmare from which he may never escape? Written by EllenRipley112

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From the writer of the original "Twilight Zone" comes the most terrifying film of the decade. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paranoia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,627,955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,627,955
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Sound Mix:

Chace Surround

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, Bill Pullman screams, "don't bury me, I'm not dead yet!" This is a reference to the film The Serpent and the Rainbow, where Bill Pullman's character is researching zombification and gets buried alive. He screams the same line in that film. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Martin advertises his brain surgery method by comparing it to a lobotomy, even showing a gruesome movie of Walter Freeman doing his infamous "icepick lobotomy". The lobotomy practice damaged the reputation of psycho surgery severely, so there is no reason why a serious scientist would deliberately compare his work to that. Then again, it works fine for a horror movie. See more »

Quotes

Jim Reston: [Reston proposes a chain of brain surgery boutiques with an unique advertising campaign] Had a bad childhood? We can fix it!
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Connections

References Shock Corridor (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Mystic Revelation
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Todd Rosenthal (as Andrew Todd) and Patrick Shipstad
Drum programming by David Roberti
Performed by Martini Ranch
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A Decent Thriller with the 2 Bills!
4 March 2000 | by the dude-23See all my reviews

I didn't expect much from this movie, but it turned out to be decent thriller given its low budget and its cast - Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton, arguably the two dullest actors in Hollywood! Bill Pullman is Dr. Rex Martin, a brain scientist who has developed a technology to manipulate a person's thoughts and therefore their reality. He is recruited by a sleazy corporate administrator, Jim Reston (Bill Paxton), to use this technology on a former corporate genius, Dr, Hasley, turned paranoid psycho killer, to pry some valuable corporate information from his memory. Martin then suffers an accident, and then descends into a world of madness and paranoia, where objective reality is turned upside down. In true twilight zone fashion, it appears that Dr. Martin's technology is now being experimented on him. Pullman plays the part of the eccentric Martin well, and Paxton does a reasonable job as the ambitious, yet, sleazy, corporate type. I found the ending, at least my interpretation of it, somewhat conventional and a little disappointing. This movie has some genuine scenes of suspense without needing to resort to lavish special effects. There is also a gratuitous nude scene involving Martin's Wife, Praticia Charbonneau, which, of course, is always a bonus. Again I didn't expect much from this movie, and I was pleasantly surprised. For those who enjoy movies that involve the theme that objective reality is, or can be made to be, an illusion, this movie is worth seeing as a pre cyber version of this theme; the cyber version of course being the Matrix, The 13th Floor and Existenze.


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