The Brain | Das Gehirn

The movie “The Brain” is a cult classic from the golden 80s. The crude monster film is the most famous and for the time being the last film of the science fiction and horror film low budget director Ed Hunt. The trick technically not badly tricked film, should have been realized for the relatively small budget of 750,000 US dollars. However, this doesn’t stop the fun of this movie, as the movie never takes itself seriously at any time.

UCM.ONE releases the film “Das Gehirn” (English title: “The Brain“) on the label M-Square Classics for the first time in HD and restores version as a limited mediabook with DVD and Blu-Ray together with a 16 page booklet in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


Blood flows out of the plush teddy, a monster claw grabs out of the TV and gripping arms grow out of the walls – is all this just hallucination or is it reality? Since Dr. Blake (David Gale) came to Meadowvale-Country, the number of suicides and mysterious accidents has increased alarmingly. His TV show “Independent Thinking” has the highest ratings in the region, he is becoming more powerful and influential! But the boy Jim Majelewski discovers the incredible secret of the doctor. Behind the facade of the serious scientist hides an alien monster! Can the invasion Dr. Blake is preparing still be stopped?

About Ed Hunt:

Even as a teenager, Ed Hunt, born and raised in Los Angeles, wanted to become a film director and began writing scripts. He enrolled in chemistry at the University of California, but later changed to film studies. After his graduation he got his first taste of set air and worked as a set builder and sound assistant for various productions, but also took over the editing and direction of smaller documentaries.

The erotic strip “Corrupted” (1973) made his feature film debut and the first of only 13 films between 1973 and 2014. One year later followed with “Diary of a Sinner” another erotic film. Both movies were shot with a budget of only $ 50.000. The Sci-Fi-Trash movie “Point of No Return” (1976) was followed by his most expensive movie “Invasion of Space Ships” (1977) with one million dollars. Two years later he celebrated his greatest success with his virus thriller “Plague“. In 1979 he won two prizes at the annual Sitges International Film Festival: “Best Film” and “Best Screenplay“. After he took over the script and direction for the documentary “UFOs are real” (1979), he wrote “Angst” (1981), “Kings of the Streets” (1986) and his penultimate movie, the sci-fi trash horror “The Brain” (1988).

After a short excursion into the world of video games (“The Jungle Book: The New Adventurues of Mowgli”, 1995) ending with “Halloween Hell” he released his last movie so far in 2014.

About Cynthia Preston:

Canadian Cynthia Preston‘s film and television career, born May 18, 1968 in Toronto, began at the age of 15 when talent scouts discovered her for a small role in the TV drama “Duel with Fate” (1986). Her second film role, Cyndy Preston, was Laura in “The Dark Side” in 1987. One year later she was seen in the Canadian cult horror movie “Pin” and fought in the same year at Tom Bresnahan’s side against David Gale and an alien organism in Ed Hunt’s “The Brain“.

The 1990s were mainly a television decade for Preston, filled with appearances in the Canadian mystery series “Outer Limits – The Unknown Dimension” (1995), “Tropical Heat” (1991 – 1993) or “The X-files” (1998). Among her most famous and biggest TV roles are Oliva Hume in “Total Recall 2070” (1999) and Faith Rosco in the successful hospital series “General Hospital” (2002 – 2005).

The 1990s were mainly a television decade for Preston, filled with appearances in the Canadian mystery series “Outer Limits – The Unknown Dimension” (1995), “Tropical Heat” (1991 – 1993) or “The X-files” (1998). Among her most famous and biggest TV roles are Oliva Hume in “Total Recall 2070” (1999) and Faith Rosco in the successful hospital series “General Hospital” (2002 – 2005).

Meanwhile she can look back on 90 roles and an end is not in sight.

Original title: The Brain

Director: Ed Hunt

Screenplay: Barry Pearson

Actors and actresses: Tom Bresnahan, Cynthia Preston, David Gale, George Buza, Christine Kossak, Bret Pearson, Bernice Quiggan, Susannah Hoffmann, Justine Campbell, Robert King, Kenneth McGregor, Vinetta Strombergs, Richard Gira, Wendy Springate, Harry Booker, Peter Read, Steve Mousseau, Garry Bron, Garry Brown, Sarah Chapple, Carol Lazare

Producers: Phillip M. Good, Don Haig, Anthony Kramreither

Co-producer: Ken Gord

Cinematography: Gilles Corbeil

Camera and electrical departement: John Boan-Mitchell, Bruce Chadwick, Jane Davis, Dean Emerick, Richard Emerson, Bill Heintz, Sophie Hogan, Jon Joffin, J.P. Locherer, Mark Mavrinac, Josh Melamed, Allan Piil, David Plank, Ben Sharp, Gisele Turpin, Mark Willis, Yuri Yakubiw

Sound: Reed Atherton, Rae Crombie, Jin Hong, Mike Hoogenboom, Peter Kelly, Karl Konnry, David Nicholson

Editing: Rae Crombie, Cindy Fret, Catherine Rankin, Robin Russell

Visuel effects: Larry Chase, Byron Patchett, Mark Williams

Special effects: Thomas M. Bellisario, W.R. Crombie, Kevin Danzey, Gabe Fallus, Ray Greer, Cathy Mullamphy, Daniel White, Danny White, Craig Williams

Stunts: Garry Brown, Cindy Goldhawk, Ed Hellier, Steve Pernie

Costume Design: Eva Gord

Costumes and wardrobes: Jocelyne Borys, Sara Schilt

Casting: Craig Campobasso, Lucinda Sill

Music: Paul Zaza


Productions: Brightstar Films, International Video Entertainment (IVE), Shapiro-Glickenhaus Entertainment

Year of production: 1988

Country: Kanada

Language: Englisch

Dubbing: German


Length: 92 Min

Rating: FSK 16

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Sound: Dolby Stereo

Resolution: HD

More Titles:

French: Manipulations

Spanish: El cerebro

Portuguese: O Cérebro

Russian: Мозг

Start Canada: 04.11.1988

Mediabook-Start Germany: 23.08.2019

VoD-Start Germany: 23.08.2019

About Tom Bresnahan:

Tom Bresnahan comes from New York, where he was born on 3 October 1965. The grand-nephew of baseball player Roger Bresnahan began his film career in 1986 in the fifth season of the popular TV series “Family Ties“. Until 1987 he appeared three more times in front of the TV cameras, until 1987 in Phil A. Robinson’s romantic comedy “Casanova Junior” received its first feature film supporting role.

After further television roles in “21 Jump Street” (1987) and “Disney-Land” (1987 – 1988) he took over his first two leading roles in 1988: In “Twice Dead” he inherited a haunted house as Scott Cates and had to assert himself against a local street gang and in Ed Hunt’s sci-fi horror trash “The Brain” he fought alongside Cynthia Preston against a nasty alien and a crazy TV guru. From then on Bresnahan slipped again and again into smaller film roles in more or less successful movies and never completely disappeared even as a TV actor, even though he was not granted a big breakthrough so far, the last time he was seen was in “Charlotta-TS” 2010.

About David Gale:

The face of British actor David Quentin Gale is of course known to horror and lovecraft fans from the 1985 and 1989 “Re-Animator” films. Born in London on October 2, 1936, Gale appeared for the first time in 1971 in the drama “A Weekend with Strangers” and shortly afterwards received his first TV roles, whereupon he was repeatedly seen in soap operas from the mid-1970s into the 1980s. He became known to a wider US audience through the drama series “Search for Tomorrow“, where he slipped into the role of Rusty Sentell, Sr. from 1982 to 1983.

He could also be seen in well-known TV formats such as “Hart to Hart” (1983), “The Dukes of Hazzard” (1983) or “Dallas” (1984), until Stuart Gordon left him the role of Dr. Herbert West in the film “Re-Animator” in 1985, a cult horror film loosely based on the short story “Herbert West – Reanimator” by H. P. Lovecraft, which is one of the better Lovecraft adaptations, although it appeared in Germany only on VHS. But the film was very successful in the USA and gave Gale further roles in horror and sci-fi movies, in which he was now mostly seen as a sinister villain. So he tried to manipulate the people in 1988 as Dr. Anthony Blakely with the help of an extraterrestrial organism and stood also for the continuation of the first “Re-Animator” movie again in front of the camera, but this time Jeffrey Combs played Dr. West while Gale played Dr. Carl Hill.

For David Gake, the 1990s began with the horror thriller “Pentagram – The Power of Evil” (1990), the trash horror “Syngenor – The Synthetic Gene Experiment” (1990) and Screaming Mad George’s science fiction posse “Mutronics – Invasion of the Supermutants” (1991), which was based on the manga series “Booster Armor Guyver” and published on video in Germany in 1992. In the same year, Gale was granted only two more roles, because he died on August 18, 1991 due to complications during a heart operation. He was only 54 years old.

Das Gehirn (The Brain) | Trailer (German)

Press comments

“The Brain is a barely camouflaged media satire in horror film form with slight references to the themes of The Demonic and Brain Eaters.” (

“So if you’re into quirky monster entertainment, you’ll get a nice movie the way you live.” (

“The brain is a wonderful horror-shlocker who also acts with his index finger in the direction of mass hypnosis and influence by the TV medium.” (

“Solid horror movie with David Gale as an evil scientist, because you could already admire him in From Beyond or Re- Animator in such roles, and a man-eating giant brain.” (

“A truly entertaining Horror B movie with borrowings from Nightmare on Elm Street.” (

“A wonderfully entertaining horror bullshit.” (

“Director Hunt’s work is based on the monster movies of the ’50s, garnished with effects from the ’80s.” (

“The brain brings a lot of tasteless humor and becomes a fun retro trash highlight at every movie party with a few good friends and lots of beer.” (

“A fun trash game with a lot of brains (6.5 points).” (

Equipment and technical data of the mediabook

Film in original uncut version, 16-page booklet | Picture format: Letterbox, DVD WS 1.85:1 anamorphic; Blu-Ray WS 1.85:1 &1080p 23,976 | Total runtime Blu-Ray 88 Min, DVD 92 Min | Sound format: German DD 2.0, English DD 2.0 | FSK 16


“The Brain” by Ed Hunt available from 23.08. as mediabook and at VoD portals

UCM.ONE will release the film “Das Gehirn” (English title: “The Brain”) for the first time in HD on August 23, 2019 on the label M-Square Classics in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It will be restored as a limited mediabook with DVD and Blu-Ray together with a 16-page booklet. At the same time, the film will…