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Brain Dead Details


Brain Dead was based on a script by [[Performer~P81119~Charles Beaumont~charlesbeaumont]], leading some obtuse fans to hail the "return" of that frequent [[Feature~V133223~Twilight Zone~thetwilightzone[tvseries][19591964]]] contributor. Actually [[Performer~P81119~Beaumont~charlesbeaumont]] has been dead since 1967, so this cookie spent a long time in the oven. Stalwart supporting actor [[Performer~P58045~Bill Pullman~billpullman]] 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 [[Performer~P58045~Pullman~billpullman]] probes about, he begins experiencing first-hand the psycho's fevered, paranoic dreams. [[Performer~P58045~Pullman~billpullman]] drifts farther and farther from reality, and the audience is implicitly invited to do the same. [[Performer~P55571~Bill Paxton~billpaxton]] also stars in this [[Performer~P85920~Roger Corman~rogercorman]]-style thriller, produced by [[Performer~P85920~Corman~rogercorman]]'s daughter [[Performer~P36496~Julie~julie]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:January 19, 1990


Bill Pullman
as Rex Martin
Bill Paxton
as Jim Reston
Bud Cort
as Jack Halsey
Nicholas Pryor
as Conklin/Ramsen
Patricia Charbonneau
as Dana Martin
George Kennedy
as Vance
Kyle Gass
as Anaesthetist
Barney Burman
as Experimental Face
Steve Ruggles
as Restaurant Manager
Lee Arenberg
Brian Brophy
as Ellis
Lisa Moncure
as Board Member
Cynthia Ettinger
as Nurse Anderson
Willie Garson
as Board Member
Dean Robinson
as Valet
Maud Winchester
as Crazy Anna
Deirdre O'Connell
as Mrs. Halsey
Shannon Holt
as Toni
Andy Wood
as Brain Surgeon
Brent Hinkley
as Dewey


Adam Simon
Julie Corman
Charles Beaumont
Charles Beaumont
Screen Story
Adam Simon
Carol Oblath
Catherine Hardwicke
Production Designer
Gilbert Mercier
Art Director
Gene Serdena
Set Designer
Catherine Taieb
Costume Designer