Two movies titled Brain Dead enter, only one will leave (with that title) as Herman “OmegaPrime” Davis, Joseph “Joey” Patton, and Robert Rau watch a Roger Corman horror flick with Bill Paxton and Bill Pullman — and the bloodiest movie ever made, courtesy of Peter Jackson — to determine which should be called Brain Dead.
FYI, we’re changing things up a bit in this episode: This title belt is about redemption. The Peter Jackson movie was made in New Zealand around the same time the Paxton/Pullman powerhouse was made, but was forced to change the title to Dead Alive in the states. And since Robert really talked up the Peter Jackson movie, it got turned into an episode.
First up is a little-known movie birthed out of some unproduced Roger Corman scripts. Bill Pullman is a brain doctor, and Bill Paxton can exploit brain doctors by convincing them to operate on people for money. Then a bunch of trippy stuff happens, blurring the line between reality and dreams. The movie was fun for the most part and featured tons of brains, so that explains where they got the title.
The second movie was made long before Peter Jackson made the great Lord of the Rings trilogy and the not-so-great Hobbit trilogy. Here, a son tries to take care of his sick mom after she’s bitten by a rat-monkey, but bad stuff happens. If you’ve never seen this, go check it out. The last thirty minutes are bonkers. But just because this is the bloodiest movie ever made, with one of the creepiest kids put on film, does that mean it gets to reclaim its original title?
This one won’t be a toughie, but are any of these movies good enough to call itself Brain Dead? Listen if you dare.
Do you have an idea or even want to join the “There Can Be Only One” gang at their next viewing party? Email Robert Rau with your movie suggestion, the days you’re free to watch, and how much beer you can bring.
- Director/Producer: Robert Rau
- Executive Producer: Jeremy White