The Brain (1988 film)

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The Brain
The Brain 1988.jpg
Directed byEdward Hunt
Produced byDon Haig
Story byBarry Pearson
StarringTom Bresnahan
Cynthia Preston
David Gale
Music byPaul Zaza
CinematographyGilles Corbeil
Brightstar Films
Distributed byInternational Video Entertainment (US)
Shapiro-Glickenhaus Entertainment (Non-US)
Release date
  • November 4, 1988 (1988-11-04)
Running time
94 minutes

The Brain is a 1988 Canadian science fiction horror film depicting a giant brain-like alien that terrorizes. The film has developed a small cult following.[1]


Dr. Blakely runs a TV show called Independent Thinkers, which is a Scientology-like self-help/religion program. But he's not making his audience think any more independently - with the help of an alien organism he calls The Brain, he's using brainwashing and mind control. The only thing that stands between them and world domination is a brilliant but troubled high school student with a penchant for pranks.


  • David Gale as Dr. Anthony Blakely
  • Tom Bresnahan as Jim Majelewski
  • Cynthia Preston as Janet
  • George Buza as Varna
  • Brett Pearson as Willie
  • Sarah Chapple as Debbie Hodges
  • Christine Kossak as Vivian


The movie was released on videocassette and laserdisc in 1989 by International Video Entertainment.[2] The movie was officially released on DVD in the UK in late 2011 by Boulevard Entertainment, but has since gone out of print.

Shout Factory's Scream Factory line, released the film on Blu-ray on April 30, 2019.

Other versions[edit]

The movie was riffed during the Mystery Science Theater 3000 LIVE tour of 2018.


  1. ^ "Haberman's Retrospective Hijinx - Pick Your Poison!". DreadCentral.
  2. ^ "Company Credits for The Brain". Retrieved 2011-04-18.

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