Brain Dead (2007 film)

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Brain Dead
Directed byKevin S. Tenney
Produced byKevin S. Tenney
Daniel Duncan
Dennis Michael Tenney
Written byDale Gelineau
StarringJoshua Benton
Sarah Grant Brendecke
Michelle Tomlinson
David Crane
Andy Forrest
Cristina Tiberia
Music byDennis Michael Tenney
CinematographyPatrick MacGowan
Alex Simon
Edited byWilliam Daniels
Prodigy Entertainment
Motor Pictures
Distributed byShoreline Entertainment
Release date
  • October 17, 2007 (2007-10-17) (Terror Film Festival)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States

Brain Dead is a 2007 American horror comedy film directed by Kevin S. Tenney, written by Dale Gelineau, and starring Joshua Benton, Sarah Grant Brendecke, Michelle Tomlinson, David Crane, Andy Forrest, and Cristina Tiberia. Christians, sorority sisters, and escaped convicts attempt to defend themselves against a zombie attack.


When a meteor strikes a man on the head, alien slugs take over his brain and turn him into a ravenous zombie. As a group of sorority sisters, born-again Christians, and escaped convicts converge in the remote area where he lives, he attacks them all.


  • Joshua Benton as Clarence Singer
  • Sarah Grant Brendecke as Sherry Morgan
  • Michelle Tomlinson as Claudia Bush
  • David Crane as Bob Jules
  • Andy Forrest as Reverend Farnsworth
  • Cristina Tiberia as Amy Smoots
  • Jim Wynorski (cameo)
  • Dennis Michael Tenney (cameo)


Brain Dead was shot in Alameda, California.[1] It was the first film that Tenney shot digitally.[2] Shooting took 18 days. The original concept involved spiders, but it was rewritten to feature zombies after budget constraints made spiders impractical.[3]


Brain Dead played in many festivals in 2007 and 2008. On March 20, 2009, it received a limited theatrical release.[4] It was released on home video on October 12, 2010.[5]


Dennis Harvey of Variety called it "watchably forgettable".[6] Andrew Mack of Twitch Film wrote that the film "scraped the bottom of the zombie barrel".[7] Serena Whitney of Dread Central rated it 2.5/5 stars and called it disappointing compared to its influences but fun to watch with friends.[8] Shock Till You Drop wrote, "If gratuitous boob shots (every actress but one shows all), blood and exploding heads are what you want then this delivers."[9] Marc Patterson of Brutal As Hell wrote, "this sickening little bit of splat-stick makes for a perfect evening of brain dead fun."[10] Kurt Dahlke of DVD Talk rated it 3/5 stars and wrote, "Though cheekily derivative, larded with plenty of dopey humor, and not-exactly packed with great performances, Brain Dead still packs a fun punch."[11] Bill Gibron, also of DVD Talk, rated it 3.5/5 stars and called it a near-classic that is a bit too clever for its own good.[12] Peter Dendle wrote, "Tenney is talented and obviously knows how to work within a budget".[13]


  1. ^ Johnson, G. Allen (2008-06-05). "'Homeworld' premieres at HoleHead". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  2. ^ Koestner, Madeleine (2014-02-18). "Interview: Director Kevin Tenney Talks WITCHBOARD and NIGHT OF THE DEMONS". Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  3. ^ Hart, Hugh (2008-06-01). "INDUSTRY BUZZ". SF Gate. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  4. ^ Miska, Brad (2009-03-23). "'Brain Dead' Stills and Trailer for Theatrical Run". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  5. ^ Barton, Steve (2010-09-07). "Kevin Tenney's Brain Dead Finally Coming Home". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  6. ^ Harvey, Dennis (2009-03-24). "Review: 'Brain Dead'". Variety. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  7. ^ Mack, Andrew (2008-10-21). "TAD2008: Kevin Tenney's Brain Dead". Twitch Film. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  8. ^ Whitney, Serena (2008-11-12). "Brain Dead (2008)". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  9. ^ "Brain Dead". Shock Till You Drop. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  10. ^ Patterson, Marc (2010-10-16). "DVD Review: Kevin Tenney's 'Brain Dead'". Archived from the original on 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  11. ^ Dahlke, Kurt (2010-10-12). "Brain Dead". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  12. ^ Gibron, Bill (2010-10-05). "Brain Dead". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  13. ^ Dendle, Peter (2012). The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia: 2000-2010. McFarland Publishing. p. 40. ISBN 9780786492886.

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