Brain Damage (film)
Limited edition DVD cover.
|Directed by||Frank Henenlotter|
|Produced by||Al Eicher
|Written by||Frank Henenlotter|
|Music by||Matthias Donnelly
|Editing by||Frank Henenlotter
James Y. Kwei
|Distributed by||Palisades Entertainment
|Release dates||April 15, 1988|
|Running time||Theatrical Cut:
Brian (Rick Hearst) begins an unwilling symbiotic relationship with a malevolent leech-like brain-eating parasite called "Aylmer" (voiced by famed creature feature host John Zacherle). Aylmer secretes a highly addictive, hallucinogenic blue fluid into Brian's brain. In return for a steady supply of the fluid, Brian must seek out human victims for Aylmer, so that he can devour their brains. All the while, though, as Brian adopts a heavily secluded life in his indulgence of Aylmer's fluids, it begins to draw a rift in his relationship with his girlfriend Barbara (Jennifer Lowry) and brother. The film was largely a metaphor for the dangers of drug addiction.
Near the end of the film, there is a brief appearance by a man on the subway with a large wicker basket. This is meant to be a cameo appearance by Duane Bradley, the main character from Henenlotter's earlier film Basket Case.
Brain Damage, is a much loved quirky film, with a Rotten Tomatoes Rating of 70%. Online movie review site, From the Mind of Tatlock, had this to say "The only thing I can really say that may convince you to give this movie a watch, is if you happened to look up the definition of 'insanely insane', you would probably see a picture of Aylmer, the brain eating slug next to it and that my friends is how an unknown, but completely enjoyable film comes to be born. Born via a phallic-looking, suave-talking, brain-eating slug creature."
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