The Brain (1988)





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Dr. Blake (David Gale) is a psychologist who hosts a popular television program broadcast from the Psychological Research Institute. Viewers don't realize that the demented doctor is in league with a giant brain from outer space, and together they plan to take over the city with mind control. Jim (Tom Breznahan) is the teen troublemaker sent to the institute for therapy. Jim learns of the fiendish plot when teens begin committing suicide, and he enlists the help of his girlfriend Janet (Cyndy Preston) to foil the evil plan.
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David Gale
as Dr. Blake
George Buza
as Verna
David Gale
as Dr. Anthony Blakely
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Critic Reviews for The Brain

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In the history of fantastic bad ideas, none may seem as foolhardy as the fact that director Ed Hunt originally intended for the titular character, an alien from outer space encased in gelatinous goo who uses TV to brainwash humans, the ability to speak.

Full Review… | November 6, 2011

this brain is pretty rotten

July 5, 2008

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September 27, 2005

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Full Review… | October 22, 2002 B-Movie Reviews

It's stunning campy '80's teen horror with a "Don't trust anyone with a high-school diploma" attitude.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for The Brain


Interesting Sci Fi horror film about a brain that east people. Directed by Bloody Birthday director, Ed Hunt, he keeps the level of cheesy fun at a steady pace. This is one surreal film with plenty of bizarre content to keep you interested. There's some genuine tension in its cheesiness, which adds to the atmosphere of the film. This is one of those films that is underrated, and has elements of classic monster films, which make it a fine little known horror film. This film has a great villain actor David Gale who previously starred in Re-Animator. This is cheesy horror at its best; The Brain is an obscured gem that deserves more praise. The films plot is simplistic, but it more than delivers on its insane premise of a brain that controls your mind and eats people. Brilliantly directed by Ed Hunt, this is a must see film for fans of low-budget horror yarns. Sure it could have been much better than what it turned out to be, but this is nonetheless a very good film. What really stands out with this one is the special effects and originality of its plot. Sure, it's simple, but man is it cool. The film proves that you can create a terrific horror treat with the most simple of ideas. This is one flick that horror fans should definitely check out if they come across it. A very thrilling and fun film from start to finish. The cast do a good job and David Gale definitely shines here as Dr. Blake. The Brain is one of the best cult classics that has the misfortune of not having a DVD release. This film has plenty of ridiculous moments to satisfy horror fans and is a must see for genre fans. The plot, like I said is nothing remarkable, but with horror, sometimes the simplest ideas are often the most memorable, and in the case of The Brain that is very true.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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This brain literally eats people. If that idea doesn't tickle your fancy, don't bother. There's nothing else here to scintillate.

Steve K
Steve K

Super Reviewer

Watching Syngenor got me in the mood to view more crazy antics of David Gale so I decided to pop in another forgotten horror film with the Canadian produced film The Brain. How could a film about a giant killer brain with sharp teeth not be a little entertaining? The original video box art to the film also scared the shit out of me when I was a kid and the picture on the back with a pair of bloody legs emerging from our evil brain's sharp tooth filled mouth burned its way into my memory and I have never forgotten it. The film has David Gale as an evil psychologist who has somehow come into possession of an alien brain. The brain has some amazing psychic abilities so he uses the brain to "scan" or "control" people through their television sets. We have a juvenile delinquent who uncovers the evil plot so he and his girlfriend set out to stop David Gale. The only thing standing in their way is our gigantic brain which is hungry for human flesh! This is a really bizarre film and it's plot never really gels together. The special effects are the highlight of as we get a lot of trippy sequences involving tentacles and the looks of the Brain itself is downright scary Sadly the budget hinders the Brain when it grows to gigantic size at the end and it is obviously chasing our protagonists while being pushed on a cart. Other than that it's face is something to haunt nightmares! The acting is acceptable but like I expected David Gale steal the shows as he hams up the role perfectly. He knows a film about a giant killer brain with psychic abilities can't be taken seriously so he adds a lot of over-the-top antics to the character. There is even a nice headless nod to his Re-Animator role. Though the plot never really gathers full steam, the film still manages to entertain as much as a trashy 80's film can about a giant carnivorous brain with psychic abilities can. Fans of bizarre horror cinema and forgotten 80's horror are recommended to hunt this film down. Sadly Lionsgate has not released a DVD in the united states yet so fans are still forced to view their wore out VHS copies. I originally sold my VHS years ago and like many other of reviews have stated I am still kicking myself for that. Also like I've stated in other reviews for rare films like this, I have to give a big thank you to my friend Bill who again scored me a copy so I could re-view the film. THANKS BILL!

Eric Reifschneider
Eric Reifschneider

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