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Brain Dead (1989)




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A brilliant brain surgeon agrees to perform surgery on a psychotic mathematician in order to adjust the patient's attitude and unlock the corporate secrets hidden within. As he performs the surgery, he begins to experience the psycho's paranoid dreams and begins to slide further and further from reality.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Beaumont, Adam Simon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2000
Concorde/New Horizons Home Video

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Bill Pullman
as Dr. Rex Martin
Bud Cort
as Jack Halsey
Bill Paxton
as Jim Reston
Nicholas Pryor
as Man in Bloody White ...
Andy Wood
as Brain Surgeon
Maud Winchester
as Crazy Anna
Lisa Moncure
as Board Member
Willie Garson
as Board Member
Cynthia Ettinger
as Nurse Anderson
Deirdre O'Connell
as Mrs. Halsey
Kyle Gass
as Anaesthetist
Steve Ruggles
as Restaurant Manager
Barney Burman
as Experimental Face
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Critic Reviews for Brain Dead

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Heck, I could sit through a movie a whole lot worse than this one just to see a pair of my favorite actors banter back and forth.

Full Review… | January 7, 2006

Only the two Bills [Pullman and Paxton] keep this one from flat-lining

Full Review… | March 19, 2003

I felt cheated by its wearisome ploy of not decifering what was a dream and what was reality.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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August 17, 2005

Audience Reviews for Brain Dead


A Psycho-analysist begins receiving the same symptoms as a paranoid patient that he "cures", from then on out the movie becomes an intangible mess. For an hour Brain Dead is a never ending cycle of bizzare dreams, with nothing comprehensive coming out of it. Bill Pullman keeps the film alive as the story line attempts to fry your brain, which stops working when the loop becomes repetitive. There are a few creepy images that sticked in my mind a few days after I watched the movie, so there's certainly a few haunting scenes, but as a whole it's like watching a broken record.

Daniel Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

Super Reviewer


Not the gory Peter Jackson film, but a great mindfuck film. Paxton and Pullman together at last with one of the writers from the Twilight Zone and Bud Cort. If this movie was a chick I would marry it (and then divorce it for my real case she reads this). Awesome!

Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

This had to go on here!So gory and funny and who can forget the kung-fu vicar?!

Adam M.

Super Reviewer

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