Brain Dead aka Paranoia (1990)
Wait a minute (I can hear you say from all over the world) - Braindead was an excellent film (also known as Dead Alive) that was one of the bloodiest, goriest zombie fests there ever was... plus it was from New Zealand which really isn't known for gory or funny. Well, that was the 1992 bad bad monkey film created by Peter Jackson and almost ruined his career - that is until he did Lord Of The Rings - so now it is a cult classic about zombies. THIS is an American movie that is about... stuff.
This SHOULD have been good - after all, it is written by the brilliant but short lived Charles Beaumont who wrote so many classic horror and monster tales. It is one of Roger Corman's babies and is considered to be mind-bending horror/science fiction. I considered it to be 85 minutes of pure torture.
|Which Bill is which? Do we really care?|
Now the story is a truly wonderful piece of work. Charles Beaumont wrote some really mind-bending stuff (you can see some on the original Twilight Zone episodes) but what they did to this one is just criminal. You know how irritating it is in movies that everyone wakes up with a gasp, covered in sweat and sitting straight up in bed?
|'Cause everyone knows this is the most sterile method of brain surgery...|
What it boils down to is this: Dr. Rex, whoever he really is, needs to get from the brain of a psychotic patient secrets only he knows to further the corporation while Jim (Bill Paxton) eggs him on to get it done and get it done NOW.
|What everyone needs - a screw top...|