When we try to think back to the time when sci fi horror movies become more mainstream, it’s not the ’70s or the ’80s that we imagine. Horror really broke into the big leagues back in the 1950s, when kids of all ages spent their afternoons loaded down with popcorn and jujubes to sit with their friends in crowded theaters, ready to indulge in some of the best B movie greatness ever to grace a screen. They stared with baited breath as Vincent Price trapped his unsuspecting guests in that spooky house up on Haunted Hill or cried for help from the sticky web of a spider. Eventually, to go along with the world’s race to get into space, films about UFOs and aliens were shoved into the spotlight. Since these extraterrestrial flicks like Plan 9 From Outer Space, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die and The Last Man on Earth were many horror lovers’ intro into the genre, filmmaker Jeff Broadstreet decided to recreate the very thing that started it all… and he added some very familiar faces to his project. He calls his film B.R.A.I.N.S., and PopHorror has the film’s brand new teaser trailer to share with you all. Check it out!
The official synopsis for B.R.A.I.N.S.:
It is October 5, 1957, and, with the Soviet launch of Sputnik-1, the Space Race has begun. Rogue Air Force General Frank Chapman (Trent Haaga) is determined to establish a military base on the moon before the Russians. Using Nazi mad science that’s headed by Dr. Werner Brandt (John Kassir), General Chapman has outfitted a modified German V-2 rocket with a nosecone capsule just large enough for a human head. The cephalic pilot will guide the rocket on a one-way lunar mission — beating the Commies to the moon!
Filmmaker Jeff Broadstreet (Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation 2012) directed, produced, edited and wrote the script for his passion project B.R.A.I.N.S., while horror veterans John Kassir (voice of The Cryptkeeper), Trent Haaga (Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV 2000, 68 Kill 2017), Chase Williamson (Victor Crowley 2017, Camera Obscura 2017), Doug Jones (Hell Boy 2004, The Terror of Hallow’s Eve 2017), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs 1991, Laid to Rest 2009), Sarah Lieving (Night of the Living Dead: Re-Animation 2012), Chris Rubeiz (Fuller House Netflix series) and Daniel Roebuck (31 2016, River’s Edge 1986) will star. There will be cameos from the late, great Vincent Price, Virginia Leith (The Brain That Wouldn’t Die 1962) and and the late Criswell (Plan 9 From Outer Space 1959). The special effects will be created by Jeff Farley (Demolition Man 1993, Scary Movie 2 2001).
In case you were wondering, B.R.A.I.N.S. stands for Battle Ready Astronautical and Interplanetary Nuclear Station, a parody of Project Horizon, a study produced in the late ’50s for the U.S. Army to determine the feasibility of constructing a manned military base on the moon. So I guess you could say that B.R.A.I.N.S. is based on true events.
You can keep up with the film by checking out their website, Vimeo and Facebook pages. PopHorror will also be keeping you updated, so check back here as well. Are you a fan of these ’50s sci fi horrors? Are you excited for B.R.A.I.N.S.? Let us know in the comments!