Brain Dead (1990 film)

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Brain Dead
Brain Dead (1990 film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAdam Simon
Produced byJulie Corman
Lynn Whitney
Written byCharles Beaumont
Adam Simon
Music byPeter Rotter
CinematographyRonn Schmidt
Edited byCarol Oblath
Release date
  • January 19, 1990 (1990-01-19) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.6 million[1]

Brain Dead is a 1990 psychological horror film directed by Adam Simon. It stars Bill Pullman, Bill Paxton and George Kennedy.


Dr. Rex Martin is a top neurosurgeon, who is active in studying brain malfunctions that cause mental illnesses. High school friend Jim Reston, a successful businessman at Eunice, requires Martin's aid in reaching the mind of John Halsey, a former genius mathematician who once worked for the company and is now a paranoid psychotic at a nearby asylum. Dr. Martin's surgery is intended to successfully alter the patient's mental attitude, either unlocking the corporate secrets within Halsey's brain or else leaving Halsey unable to accidentally share them with anyone else. As Martin begins the surgical procedure, he starts to experience the same paranoid dreams as Halsey. The episodes grow in intensity until it becomes unclear whether Martin is a doctor imagining he's the patient, or a mental patient who succumbed to the delusion that he was a brain surgeon. Martin floats further and further from reality, caught between his loyalty to his business colleagues and his own humanity.



In the late 1980s, Julie Corman got summer interns to go through several hundred old scripts. The best one they discovered was one written by Charles Beaumont for Roger Corman in the 1960s. Director Adam Simon liked it and updated it for modern times.[2]


As of August 2018, the film held an overall score of 17% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews by 6 critics.[3]


  1. ^ "Brain Dead".
  2. ^ Julie Corman on Brain Dead at Trailers from Hell
  3. ^ "Brain Dead (1990)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 25, 2018.

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