Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 17th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2007
Director: Kevin Tenney
Writer: Dale Gelineau
Cast: Joshua Benton, Sarah Grant Brendecke, David Crane, Andy Forrest, Alexandra Goodman, Chad Guerrero, Elizabeth Lambert, Greg Lewolt, Tess McVicker, Dennis Michael Tenney, Cristina Tiberia, Michelle Tomlinson, Jim Wynorski, Matt Zemlin
DVD released: October 12th, 2010
Approximate running time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Vicious Circle Films / Breaking Glass Pictures
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.99
Synopsis: An alien entity turns its hosts into zombies.
First off, this film should not to be confused with Peter Jackson’s 1992 splatter fest Braindead. This 2007 film bears no relation to that aforementioned film. Brain Dead was directed by Kevin Tenney, who’s other notable films include Night of the Demons (1988) and Witchboard. Content Wise Brain Dead is a back to the basic’s horror film that features a simple premise, one primary location and a minimal cast. And like majority of independent horror films that are made with limited resources. There are a few areas where this film does not gel like its attempt at humor and it’s pacing. Also another area where this film comes up short are its performances. The majority of these short comings related to the cast can be attributed to the fact that all the characters are one dimensional stereo type caricatures that can be found in countless other horror films.
Fortunately all is not lost as there are few areas where this film’s excels like its gory special effect set pieces, the absurdity of the story at hand and an ample amount of gratuitous nudity. It should also be noted that the majority of the special effects were done old fashion way with only minimal use of CGI is this film. Ultimately Brain Dead is a mildly entertaining horror film that fans of 1980’s horror films should get the most mileage out of.
The DVD-R sent for this review has a constant water mark at the bottom of the image and the film is presented in a non anamorphic letterboxed widescreen (the completed DVD release is supposed to be anamorphic widescreen).This screener is most definitely not representative of the final product. So commenting on the audio / video presentation would be pointless. There was no menu with the screener disc I was given for this review and the only extra that was included was a trailer for the film. The extras that were not on this release and are supposed to be on the final release DVD for this film are as follows, the aforementioned trailer, a audio commentary with Director Kevin Tenney And Members Of The Cast, “Behind The Screams!” The Making Of Brain Dead Documentary, a Blooper Reel And Deleted Scenes.