SALEM HORROR FEST: Brain Death (2021)

Directed and written by Wl Freeman and John Harrison (Hesse Deni, who plays Liv, also was a co-writer), Brain Death is a movie that’s either going to fascinate or confound you. It’s a movie that can be about long conversations about stealing standups of the Minions and Garfield phones — shout out for using the footage of the mystery of Garfield phones washing up on French beaches — at the same time that it features nightmarish footage, then literally screens on top of screens and enough buffering and artifacting that I was for sure that I had a bad copy.

I don’t think that I did.

The line for this one was “After the disappearance of her girlfriend, a young trans woman comes into contact with an ancient evil.” I have no idea if that’s what was happening. I don’t say that like it’s a bad thing. This movie is really and genuinely all over the place, a kaleidoscope of images and what I imagine that it feels like to be inside the mind of someone younger than me that never had to do linear editing or not exist with screens all over the place, all blaring nonstop stimuli.

There’s also a great-looking record store in this that made me want to leave my house for the first time in many months, so I consider that a win for the filmmakers.

Brain Death is currently is now playing Salem Horror Fest. When we have streaming info, we’ll share it in this post. For now, you can follow that link to buy a festival badge and check out several other films during October. You can learn more at this film’s official website.

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