The Laser Blast Film Society Presents: The Brain

When: December 14, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m.

  • PRE-SHOW: 7:30 p.m.
  • FEATURE: 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON

THE BRAIN (1988)
Dir. Ed Hunt
Cast: Tom Bresnahan, Cynthia Preston, David Gale
Runtime: 94 min
Country: Canada
Screening Format: Digital

Poster by Leigh Young

"Taking bits and pieces from Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Cronenberg's Scanners while mining the rich vein of b-movie giant brain films (The Brain from Planet Arous, Fiend Without a Face, etc.), [director] Hunt manages to update familiar conventions in a meaningful way." Paul Corupe, Canuxsploitation

"A very entertaining piece of Canuxploitation... a prosthetics effects lovers dream come true" - Michael Monterastelli, CHUD

It’s got big black eyes, razor sharp teeth, and a heart full of holiday spirit. It simply isn't Christmas until you've met the flesh-eating grin of THE BRAIN!

The Laser Blast crew are proud to serve up yet another obscure "holiday" classic, this time a Cancon cult oddity directed by frequent tax-shelter chaser Ed Hunt (Starship Invasions).

Set during Christmas, The Brain is an endearing take on 50s Sci-Fi movie tropes that pits a prank loving teenager against a nefarious alien force bent on world domination through televised hypnotism. It’s up to our hero to fight through crazy tentacled hallucinations, save his special lady, and finally have himself a merry Christmas if he can avoid getting eaten by that titular BRAIN!

Co-starring David Hale (Re-Animator) and character actor George Buza (so many things), the film has never quite gotten enough respect for how much darn fun it is, and though you'll never see it on Buzzfeed list of Christmas films, we at the Laser Blast Film Society thinks a pulsating, oozing brain belongs on the top of every Christmas Tree.

Per tradition, we'll also be screening classic (and not so classic) holiday commercials and clips, giving away amazing prizes courtesy of The Beguiling, and who knows? Maybe Santa will drop by for a visit?!

The Laser Blast Film Society is made possible in part by the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.