Brain Dead

Overview

Brain Dead was based on a script by Charles Beaumont, leading some obtuse fans to hail the "return" of that frequent Twilight Zone contributor. Actually Beaumont has been dead since 1967, so this cookie spent a long time in the oven. Stalwart supporting actor Bill Pullman is given star billing as a brilliant brain surgeon who agrees to perform an operation on a psychotic mathematician. This surgery, ostensibly, is to "adjust" the patient's attitude--and, incidentally, to unlock the corporate secrets secreted ...
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Overview

Brain Dead was based on a script by Charles Beaumont, leading some obtuse fans to hail the "return" of that frequent Twilight Zone contributor. Actually Beaumont has been dead since 1967, so this cookie spent a long time in the oven. Stalwart supporting actor Bill Pullman is given star billing as a brilliant brain surgeon who agrees to perform an operation on a psychotic mathematician. This surgery, ostensibly, is to "adjust" the patient's attitude--and, incidentally, to unlock the corporate secrets secreted within the patient's brain. But as Pullman probes about, he begins experiencing first-hand the psycho's fevered, paranoic dreams. Pullman drifts farther and farther from reality, and the audience is implicitly invited to do the same. Bill Paxton also stars in this Roger Corman-style thriller, produced by Corman's daughter Julie.
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Special Features

Cast biographies; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A clever and frightful little chiller that was unfairly ignored upon release in 1990, director Adam Simon's Brain Dead offers an enticingly complex foray into the human brain highlighted by a surreal sense of reality distortion. Scripted by frequent Twilight Zone scribe Charles Beaumont, the story somewhat resembles the darker entries of the classic fantasy series, albeit with a decidedly more gruesome slant. Bill Pullman offers a solid early performance as a brain researcher who is slowly drawn into a patient's psychosis after picking at the request of a slick corporate administrator (Bill Paxton) who hopes the probing will reveal valuable information, and as the troubled patient, Bud Cort (of Harold and Maude fame) offers a memorably giddy schizophrenic. Instead, the doctor finds himself drawn ever deeper into a puzzling world in which reality and fantasy clash in a seemingly unending cycle of psychotic confusion. Sporting a deliciously warped sense of humor that perfectly compliments the film's nightmarish tone, the film may not be entirely gratifying to impatient viewers who tire of its trippy sensibilities, but for those willing to let logic go, it's an interesting journey.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/26/2005
  • UPC: 786936695625
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Horizons
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 75,690

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Pullman Rex Martin
Bill Paxton Jim Reston
Bud Cort Jack Halsey
Nicholas Pryor Conklin/Ramsen
Patricia Charbonneau Dana Martin
George Kennedy Vance
Brian Brophy Ellis
Lee Arenberg
Andy Wood Brain Surgeon
Maud Winchester Crazy Anna
Lisa Moncure Board Member
Willie Garson Board Member
Cynthia Ettinger Nurse Anderson
Shannon Holt Toni
Brent Hinkley Dewey
Deirdre O'Connell Mrs. Halsey
Kyle Gass Anaesthetist
Dean Robinson Valet
Steve Ruggles Restaurant Manager
Barney Burman Experimental Face
Technical Credits
Adam Simon Director, Screenwriter
Charles Beaumont Original Story, Screenwriter
Julie Corman Producer
Catherine Hardwicke Production Designer
Gilbert Mercier Art Director
Carol Oblath Editor
Peter Francis Rotter Score Composer
Ronn Schmidt Cinematographer
Gene Serdena Set Decoration/Design
Catherine Taieb Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Brain Dead
1. Records of Life [5:09]
2. Perceptions of Reality [4:04]
3. A Matter of Trust [3:48]
4. Clearly Paranoid [3:42]
5. Thats My Brain! [2:08]
6. Pay by the Pound [3:44]
7. Higher Source [2:41]
8. A Clean Slate [3:16]
9. Brain Probe [3:51]
10. Psychotic Visions [2:43]
11. Altered States [3:21]
12. The New You [3:20]
13. Darkest Nightmare [3:43]
14. Fred and Dewey [3:46]
15. Where Are We? [4:23]
16. Lost and Found [2:49]
17. Déjá vu [4:25]
18. Best Possible Hands [2:08]
19. Treading Water [1:59]
20. I'm Not Halsey [3:36]
21. Hallucinations [3:18]
22. Collision Course [3:14]
23. Do No Harm [4:10]
24. Am I... Dreaming? [5:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Brain Dead
   Play Movie
   Scene Index
   Biographies
      Roger Corman
      Bill Pullman
      Bill Paxton
      Bud Cort
      George Kennedy
   Available Hits
      Brian Dead
      Velocity
      Rabid
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