The Brain (1988) - Horror, Sci-Fi

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With the help of an alien organism, a man brainwashes audiences through television; a troubled high school student is determined to stop them.

IMDB: 5.4
Director: Ed Hunt
Stars: Tom Bresnahan, Cynthia Preston
Length: 94 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 3 out of 34 found boring (8.82%)

One-line Reviews (20)

The opening sequence is what makes this movie worth watching, the hallucinations are really nicely done and reminded me of Nightmare on Elm Street, remember the telephone coming alive....

He also avoids emphasizing the lesser effects apart from times when they'll be clearly entertaining, so goofs are at a relative minimum and at times the effects work really does.

There's some boring moments and some fun moments.

THE BRAIN is a solid entry in the 'rubbery monster' B-movie cycle of the 1980s: many of these films were highly entertaining, and this is no exception.

This is obviously a statement on a conformist society, but it falls short due to erratic direction and some pretentious overacting.

I really enjoyed it, if you feel like some cheap laughs and a watchable story you'll find them with this movie.

James finds the mental hospital where is is sent to be pointless and annoying, so he leaves the building.

It's a very entertaining and well made movie, and it's a shame it doesn't have the attention it deserves.

During the last half things just start to drag on and on, with at least 3 or 4 pointless, boring chase scenes making up the middle third of the plot.

What we see of it is fine, but half of the film is spent on repetitive chase sequences with our hero narrowly averting being captured by the cops time and again.

The Good News: This was a really entertaining and cheesy effort.

The first few times, this stuff is fresh and exciting, but then it becomes boring and you wish they'd get on with telling the story.

This wasn't the best movie but you've gotta admit, it's entertaining at least.

But then again, I can sit through just about any garbage cinema you give me and find something enjoyable about it.

marketing propaganda and other pseudo-scientific religious hogwash is at times unintentionally laughable for its cheesy portrayal of a giant brain with teeth that murders people after subjecting them to a series of hallucinations brought on by a mad doctor played by the straight-faced, hammy, David Gale.

What actually occurs is a predictable pattern (no one believes our rebellious teen protagonist with the things going on behind the scenes at psychological research centre) and despite what has happened some of the character's decisions are dumbfounding.

There's a couple of car chases in here, all of which are quite fun and exciting.

Both have similarities to The Brain and are much more entertaining.

She tries to hide him but a cop shows up, as does the fat med assistant, and Janet can only watch as he is dragged away again, this time kicking at some invisible monster no one else can see.

Plenty of outre creature effects from the late Mark Williams ("Aliens", "The Fly" '86) help to make for a good show, as a couple of characters have close encounters with this alien brain, a very entertaining concoction from Williams with a face that only a mother could love.