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Brain Dead1989

Brain Dead (1989)




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A neuroscientist is hired to perform experimental surgery on a once-brilliant, now-institutionalized mathematician, in the hopes of retrieving some valuable data. Something goes wrong, however, and the surgeon soon finds himself deep within a nightmarish world of reality shifts and strange happenings in this science-fiction thriller.

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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 Suit / Ramsen / Ed Conklin
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 (6)

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.

January 7, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

March 19, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

January 1, 2000 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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
Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

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

Adam M.
Adam M.

Super Reviewer

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