YMMV / Brain Dead

  • Angst? What Angst?: Paquita seems to take her dog being eaten by Lionel's mother quite well.
    • Not all of it.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The scene where Lionel takes the zombie baby to the park. There's no logical reason why he did this, it adds nothing to the plot, and it's never mentioned again. But it was really funny.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Where do we even start?
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Everyone loves Father McGruder, even though he has a pretty small role.
  • Freud Was Right: In the end Lionel's mom, turned into a huge monster, captures his son and puts him into her huge belly; he later rips her apart from the inside and emerges in a pool of blood, in an almost-fetal position.
    • And note that this is just a more over-the-top version of the ending of Bad Taste. Jackson may have some mother issues...
  • Just Here for Godzilla: A lot of people who watch this movie may just do so for the Gorn.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I kick ass for the Lord!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Turns out Lionel's mother crossed this long before she turned into a zombie, drowning both her husband and a woman he reputedly had an affair with in the bathtub. And then fabricated a lie that pushed blame onto Lionel.
    • Based on the picture of the attic, it seems that Lionel's mother isn't even his mother and that the "mistress" is his real mother
      • That seems like a hell of a stretch. The way the pictures are presented indicate Vera was snooping on the dad, and Lionel's flashbacks show the woman in the photographs being held underwater along with him.
    • And Uncle Les attempted to rape Paquita.
    • Those graverobbers that manhandled Lionel really had it coming.
  • Nausea Fuel: Many, many examples throughout, but the biggest offender is probably the custard scene.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Jackson gave some of the film's actors cameos in The Lord of the Rings. Roger is Isildur, Vera is a Sackville-Baggins, and Void is the leader of the warg riders.
    • And then Void became Nori in The Hobbit.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Paquita suddenly falls in love with Lionel for no reason except for a symbol.
  • Squick:
    • When guests come over to see his ill mom, they have a relatively uneventful dinner until his mother's ear falls off and lands in the custard. She then absentmindedly eats the custard with the ear.
    • The attempt to embalm Vera. It didn't quite work.
    Embalmer: Cranial blowout!
  • Too Cool to Live: Who else besides Father McGruder?
  • Ugly Cute: Selwyn the zombie baby. Some characters in-universe even seem to think so.
  • What an Idiot: Uncle Les when he decides to host a housewarming party with zombies lingering in the basement. What could possibly go wrong?