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Movie Details

Title:   Brain Dead
Director:   Adam Simon
Year:   1990
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   11.03.06

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Date Viewed Venue Note
11.03.06DVRThis Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2006
I keep confusing my incredibly hazy memory of this movie with another movie which I haven't seen called Brain Damage. Since this, the director did a fun Corman movie called Carnosaur and a couple really interesting docs (one on Sam Fuller, another on 70s horror movies).

This is one of those movies where you're never quite sure if what you're watching is a dream or reality. Usually these movies end up boring me because at some point I stop caring. With this one though, since it flip flops so early on and there are so many flip flops, it's kind of like I never care so that frees me to enjoy it as more of a meditation on reality itself and not so much what's going on with these characters. In addition to Pullman and Paxton, there's a really great performance in here by Bud Cort as a crazy mathematician. With his big round head, seeing his exposed brain with his head in one of those big vices is pretty sweet. Also, George Kennedy shows up wearing thick 80s glasses. odd.

I think I still like this. It's pretty short, which is nice for a movie like this. But also just because of a few images which have proven to stick with me since whenever I saw this before, had to be like 14 or 15 years ago now. It's this constant sight of brains... brains in jars, plastic brains on desks, diagrams of brains, exposed brains in heads, brains brain brains! And the "climax" of the movie, which is a visual that's stuck with me vividly, is still pretty damn cool. (SPOILER: Bill Pullman pulls open his brain surgery stitches and there's butterflies inside his head).

whew. trippy. Now I'm perfectly primed for tonights midnight sci-fi double feature!
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