A meteor crash lands on earth carrying a parasite with it and unleashes a zombie plague in the woods of a small hick town. Now two escaped convicts, hikers, and a pastor and his assistant are trapped in a small cabin and will have to work together if they don't want to have their brains ripped from their heads.
I don't know about other horror fans, but I've never been able to quite put my finger on what it is that I like so much about horror movies from the 80's. They just had this vibe and nature to them that made them so entertaining that allowed even the worst titles to be highly enjoyable. These days, no matter how hard guys like Adam Green try, they just can't recreate that style and atmosphere that they had. Fear not though, "Night of the Demons" and "Witchboard" director Kevin Teeny is back with another horror movie and not only brings with it the 3-B's but that old fashioned 80's horror entertainment.
"Brain Dead" features an odd assortment of characters of escaped convicts, hiking sorority sisters, and a horny pastor with his naive but buxom assistant. Who become trapped in a fishing cabin with alien parasite infested zombie-monsters that want to feed on their brains, that are hiding and lurking in the surrounding woods. Even though it was most likely not their intention, Dale and Kevin manage to bring some of the best and classic elements from different 80's horror movies into one. Not to mention it meets the 3-B requirements that make any horror movie good: You've got the undead creatures and their desire to rip apart people's skulls to get to their delicious brains for the beasts and blood part. Then you've got a park ranger, two lovely college coed hikers, and a well endowed assistant for the boobs.
While "Brain Dead" is certainly not going to turn the horror world on its head, what it is going to do is bring back that nostalgic entertainment factor that made a lot of us become the fans that we are today. Now I'm sure if I were to get super analytical and go through the movie with a fine toothed comb, I could pick on it for a couple problems. You can't really do that with "Brain Dead" though; it's nothing but splatter-popcorn entertainment at its best. You know; tune in, turn off, and enjoy the ride. It features characters constantly telling each other to shut the fuck up or to suck their dicks, while others are trying to get laid since they're about die. There isn't any serious character development, no major revelations in the story; it's not deep or engaging. All it does is take a classic horror formula with typical characters and have them fight off the alien dead in gory fashion, and that's all there needs to be. So it certainly isn't going make "Brain Dead" win any awards (actually it won 12 awards from the festival circuit) but fuck it, it doesn't need to when there's alien-zombies exploding on the screen. You'll also be happy to know that movie goes back to old school roots and almost all of the gore gags in "Brain Dead" are done with latex and corn syrup.
I'm quite surprised that it took so long for "Brain Dead" to find a home, if anything, you would have thought having Kevin Tenney's name on it would have guaranteed something considering two of his movies are staples of 80's horror. Thankfully the folks at Breaking Glass Pictures signed the movie to their horror label Vicious Circle Films and "Brain Dead" will finally see a DVD release in October. The movie isn't perfect by any means but even so, it was an easy movie to decompress with and just to be entertained by; it truly was good ol' fashioned fun. I know a number of other reviewers have mentioned the movie's 80's style nature, and that's because it really did manage to make you feel like you were watching a movie from days long ago.