The Brain

Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

Any movie with the premise of a giant brain with sharp teeth chasing people has to be necessarily good. And if such movie was made in the 80’s, it will certainly get extra points. This is the case no less with The Brain, a movie that managed to redefine the meaning of “cheesiness” in 1988. Make no mistake: this is downright a campy B-movie with crappy special effects and shoddy acting, perhaps among the lines of ludicrous gems such as The Deadly Spawn. The lowdown (for what it matters) goes somewhat like this: difficult teenagers with bad behavior and similar issues are sent to an innovative TV show called “Independent Thinkers”, which provides a self-help program for such cases. The show (and related mental institute) are directed by Dr. Blake, which in reality is none other than David Gale from Re-Animator fame (you know, the guy from that infamous scene with the severed head and the tied, gorgeous naked girl… — alright, where was I). Anyway, Dr. Blake has some unique methods to teach his patients manners, and in the process brainwash them, controlling their minds and forcing them to commit murders, all with help of his giant, deranged brain-like monster. Who cares, it’s an amazing plot with a giant walking brain, for crying out loud. What did you expect anyway? But really, what sets this movie apart from similar offerings and earns it a well deserved cult status is the absolutely bizarre creature that stalks the teenagers. The actual evil brain is a riot, it’s more or less the ultimate incarnation of the spirit of bad movies. By the way, the thing actually grows when it eats people, which results in one of the very best quotes ever: “That’s food for thought!”. The whole thing is so cheesy and lame in its conception that manages to cross the boundaries of “bad” into “pure genius”. It’s a shame that no further movies were produced by the same team, particularly the director Ed Hunt who retreated into oblivion. Worst of all, The Brain still hasn’t been released on DVD which is an absolute crime. It easily ranks among the most curious and cheesy horror movies of the 80’s.



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