Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Brain, The (1988)

Directed by:
Ed Hunt

A deranged scientist (played with gusto by RE-ANIMATOR's David Gale) has a nifty ally in his plot for world domination... a floating, killer brain boasting a mutated face, razor sharp fangs and a wiggly spinal cord. Using a bogus TV program called "Independent Thinkers," the doctor brainwashes the citizens of a small town. Will teen hero Jim (Tom Breznahan, from TWICE DEAD) and his girlfriend Janet (Cyndy Preston, from PIN and PROM NIGHT III) be able to stop him before it's too late? Taking cue from several Cronenberg films, THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS and many others, this semi-schlocky movie overextends its budget with the ridiculous-looking brain design (which is pretty cool to watch either way), but other effects are just fine, it's fast paced and has occasional funny, bizarre and inspired moments to hold your interest. Certainly worth a look if you're into strange 80s science fiction horror flicks.
No DVD release so far in the US (it was released to video by IVE and laserdisc by Image), but the UK has received one.


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