Cast / Synopsis

 

“DR. WERNER BRANDT”

JOHN KASSIR is known around the world as the voice of The Cryptkeeper from HBO’s iconic cable series, Tales from the Crypt. On screen, he was featured in the Walt Disney release Pete’s Dragon as the voice of “Elliot” the dragon and co-starred in the cult hit,  Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical.

“LT. BEN BOWERS”

CHASE WILLIAMSON starred in the 2012 indie cult hit, John Dies at the End, opposite Paul Giamatti and Daniel Roebuck. He has since appeared in several more films including Sparks and The Guest as well as the hit web series Video Game High School.

“SGT. HAZEN”

DANIEL ROEBUCK is a TV series veteran having appeared as a regular on Matlock and the cult hit, Lost, among others. In 1996, he portrayed Jay Leno in HBO’s critically acclaimed telefilm, The Late Shift. In film, he is best known as "Biggs" from The Fugitive and U.S. Marshals.

“GENERAL CHAPMAN”

TRENT HAAGA is an actor, writer and director and just directed the independent crime film, 68 Kill.  As an actor, he stars as “Killjoy” in the Full Moon series and wrote the screenplays for the acclaimed indie films, Cheap Thrills and Deadgirl.

“ELDARD DULLARD”

DOUG JONES is a versatile actor and the man behind the mask of characters such as “Abe Sapien” in Hellboy and the terrifying “Pale Man” in Pan’s Labyrinth and is currently filming Guillermo del Toro’s new film, The Shape of Water.

“BARBARA RANDALL”

SARAH LIEVING has moved between independent films and studio features since making her debut in the 2005 indie feature War of the Worlds. She recently appeared in the SyFy Channel hit Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus as well as co-starring in the 2012 hit Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation.

“BUDDY”

CHRIS RUBEIZ is an actor and standup comedian and has appeared in feature films and television including Full House as “Hank the Plumber” and as “Jimmy in eCupid.

“JOHNNY PILCO”

SEAN WHALEN has worked in every genre of film and television including the studio features Men in Black and Twister.  In TV, he has appeared in the new series Superstore, the cult hit Lost and Criminal Minds.

ABOUT

B.R.A.I.N.S. is a satirical science fiction/horror film that satirizes our present day through the mirror of world affairs circa 1957 and at the same time an homage to the B-science fiction/ horror films of the 1950s that continue to influence and delight movie lovers to this day.


With clever editing, B.R.A.I.N.S. incorporates clips from over a dozen film trailers and public domain feature films, many of which have attained cult film status. The footage is combined with new footage of our new cast similarly shot, with the result that the original dialogue and acting of the films and trailers become part of a completely new story.


» As an updated homage to 1950s films of all genres, B.R.A.I.N.S. will also feature to humorous effect, explicit language, nudity, violence and gore – all elements that could only be hinted at in films of that era.












STORY SYNOPSIS

It is October 5, 1957. “Sputnik Mania” sweeps the United States the day after the Soviet Union successfully launches Sputnik-1, the world’s first artificial satellite. In Los Angeles, at the Immortal Hills Freezatorium, ex-Nazi scientist Dr. Werner Brandt (JOHN KASSIR) is heading ground-breaking work in cryonics.  The Freezatorium, however, is actually a front for the secret work of rogue Air Force General Frank Chapman (TRENT HAAGA) who is determined to establish a manned military base on the moon before the Russians.


The General’s operational plans require the use of a living head from Dr. Brandt’s specimen collection to pilot a modified German V-2 rocket containing a nosecone capsule just large enough to accommodate a human head. After the recent crash of an experimental rocket plane piloted by General Chapman’s test pilot ex-wife, Captain Jan Compton (VIRGINIA LEITH from The Brain That Wouldn’t Die), Brandt and Chapman have their captive pilot to head their covert moon mission. Once the secret moon mission is successful, General Chapman will publicize his project plans to the world for a U.S. military moon base dubbed B.R.A.I.N.S. (Battle Ready Astronautical and Interplanetary Nuclear Station–[Lunar]).


General Chapman’s plans are interrupted as the ex-Nazi Dr. Brandt reveals his own secret agenda. Dr. Brandt has only been using General Chapman’s research facilities for his own ultimate goal – the establishment of a new Reich to control the world – from space. A chaotic struggle ensues as a “monstrosity” created by Dr. Brandt out of spare body parts, kills the Doctor and decapitates General Chapman. After the General’s head is successfully resuscitated by Sgt. Hazen (DANIEL ROEBUCK), Freezatorium assistant Barbara Randall (SARAH LIEVING) and Lieutenant Ben Bowers (CHASE WILLIAMSON), General Chapman finally realizes his dream project as his own living head pilots the spaceship into orbit -- on a one-way trip to the moon.