There are many challenges that come with making a low budget feature film, but some of the most daunting ones come in the special effects department. Cheap slasher films can usually get away with using just a little corn syrup for blood, and talky art films put the attention on the acting and dialogue, but a film like “Brain Dead” presents an unusual case. Full of CGI, gross-out gore (we’re talking exploding heads – not just splashes of blood), and monster make-up effects, “Brain Dead” definitely doesn’t take the “less is more” approach to indie filmmaking.
That’s one of the reasons we’re so impressed with this horror/comedy (one that parodies classic zombie films as much as it celebrates and updates them) from director Kevin Tenney. It tells the ambitious tale of an alien invasion that leads to a zombie plague on Earth, and the resulting special effects are often ingenious and intentionally over-the-top – the kind of gore that will make the audience scream and subsequently break out into laughter.The trailer below gives a peek at some of the goo, guts and gore that you’ll find everywhere in “Brain Dead.” Be forewarned: it will ruin your appetite — unless you're a brain-hungry zombie.