Pairing wine with movies! See the trailers and hear the fascinating commentary for these movies and many more at Trailers From Hell. This week we pair wines with brain movies. That’s brain, not brainy.
The 1958 sci-fi The Brain Eaters was produced by Ed Nelson, who also stars, and an uncredited Roger Corman. Director Bruno VeSota was a longtime Corman accomplice, having played more than a dozen roles in his films. The movie poster declares that the brain eaters are “crawling, slimy things, terror-bent on destroying the world.” I know, it sounds a lot like House Republicans trying to elect a speaker.
American International Pictures distributed the film, in all its glorious black-and-white. AIP is much like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for low budget celluloid. Special effects in a ‘50s drive-in sci-fi? You bet! The flying saucer has dimensions of 50 feet by 50 feet, which sounds more like a flying bowl to me. I suppose the brain eaters figured out a way to circumvent topheaviness.
Hall Wines produces a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon which bears the name Harebrained. It is the winery’s way of blowing a raspberry to those who once said pursuing world class wine in the Napa Valley was a harebrained idea. Drink it before the brain eaters get to it.
Brain Dead is a 1990 horror movie masquerading as a psychological thriller. It was produced by TFH guru Julie Corman and stars Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton, two actors who are at the top of every guy’s list of who should play them in the biopic.
There are plenty of labcoats in this picture. And plenty of cerebellums to play with. Everybody is a neuroscientist, it seems. Hey, it’s not brain surgery. But wait – it is. Or is it? They keep you guessing until the credits roll. Just remember – it’s not paranoia if they really are out to get your brain.
Sine Qua Non chief wine surgeon Manfred Krankl figured out a way to turn wine into money better than most others who have learned the trick. His 17th Nail In My Cranium is listed online at well over $1,000. There are those who feel that anyone paying that much for a bottle of wine should have their heads examined.
We trip back to 1962 for The Brain that Wouldn’t Die, a sci-fi that was actually made three years earlier than its release date. No doubt the producers wanted to wait until just the right moment to hit the big screens. When Breaking Up Is Hard to Do was climbing the hit parade, it must have seemed like – why not now?
Ah yes, that title. You may remember the film as The Head That Wouldn’t Die or The Brain That Couldn’t Die. Maybe it’s the film that refused to be remembered. American International rears its fuzzy head again as the distributor of the flick, on a double-bill that wouldn’t – or couldn’t – die.
Here we have a mad doctor – who are we kidding? He’s a mad scientist, and he has discovered a way to keep a head alive after the body has shuffled from this mortal coil. It’s a discovery he lives to regret. The finale has a monster carrying a damsel through a flaming laboratory. Where have I seen that before? There are no pitchforks in the shot this time around.
Dave Corey has been called a mad scientist of wine, due to the bold choices he makes in his blends. A hearty “mwa-ha-ha-ha” has been heard coming from the cellar as he pours beaker into beaker, never knowing what he’s going to get until he gets it. You can find his CORE Wines at the Santa Maria tasting room or at Hancock College, where he leads the institution’s wine program.