Brain Dead (1990 film)

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Brain Dead
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Movie poster
Directed by Adam Simon
Produced by Julie Corman (producer)
Lynn Whitney (associate producer)
Written by Charles Beaumont
Adam Simon
Starring Bill Pullman
Bill Paxton
Bud Cort
George Kennedy
Music by Peter Rotter
Cinematography Ronn Schmidt
Edited by Carol Oblath
Release date
  • January 19, 1990 (1990-01-19)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,000,000 (IMDB estimate)
Box office $1.6 million[1]

Brain Dead is a 1990 horror/psychological thriller starring Bill Pullman, Bill Paxton and George Kennedy and written by Charles Beaumont.


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. Adam Simon liked it and updated it for modern times.[2]

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