Brain Damage Films
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Brain Damage Films is a US-based worldwide independent film production company and distribution company. It was founded in 2001 by Darrin Ramage. A division located in the UK was launched in September 2009.
The company's films are noted for their horror aspects and Z movie budgets. They are also known for a variety of shock/exploitation films, most notably the Traces of Death series, which was produced in response to the popularity of the Faces of Death series.
The films usually contain sexuality, nudity, gore and graphic violence, and other elements common to horror films. Founder Darrin Ramage is quoted as saying "everyone is looking for B and B: blood and boobs."
Brain Damage Films was founded in 2001 by Darrin Ramage, who claimed to have over "8 years experience in independent films to independent retailers distribution."
After producing and distributing direct-to-video horror films, including Death Factory, Hell's Highway, and The Vulture's Eye, Brain Damage Films created a fan following which continues to grow. The fans are often referred to as "Gorehounds."
Brain Damage Music
The Brain Damage Music division was launched in 2011. Its only release so far has been Arizona metal band Reign of Vengeance's album "Disemboweling Swine".
Gorehounds television show
In 2007, New York-based production company Chatsby Films filmed and produced a reality TV show, titled "Gorehounds", about the Brain Damage Films office and its employees. The show was never broadcast on a television network or released in any form.
Brain Damage Films has served as a launching pad for several people who are now well-known within the horror film genre, including:
- Ron Jeremy (appeared in at least four Brain Damage Films films)
- David C. Hayes (wrote, produced, and acted in Brain Damage Films movies)
- Sean Tretta (wrote, directed, and produced several Brain Damage Films movies)
Horror films produced by Brain Damage Films
Starting in 2002, Brain Damage Films has produced at least six original independent horror films:
- Hell's Highway (2002)
- Death Factory (2002)
- Goth (2003)
- The Vulture's Eye (2004)
- The Witch's Sabbath (2005)
- Zombies Anonymous (2006)
Controversy and criticism
On 14 December 2005, the German government banned Brain Damage Films' website from appearing on major search engines such as Google, stating that the website was "reported as illegal by a German regulatory body".
Films distributed by Brain Damage Films
Below is an incomplete selection of films currently distributed by Brain Damage Films.
- Traces of Death (1993)
- Traces of Death II (1994)
- Immortal (1995)
- Executions II (1995)
- Shock-X-Treme, Vol. 1, - Snuff Video (1997)
- Schizophreniac: The Whore Mangler (1997)
- Paramedics (1997)
- Banned! In America (1998 - 2003)
- Traces of Death V: Back in Action (2000)
- The House That Screamed (2000)
- Wishbone (2000)
- Trees (2000)
- The Zombie Chronicles (2001)
- Hip Hop Locos (2001)
- Hellgate: The House That Screamed 2 (2001)
- Fear of the Dark (2001)
- The Coven (2002)
- Hell's Highway (2002)
- Terror Toons (2002)
- Bikini Party Massacre (2002)
- Machine Head (2002)
- Toe Tags (2003)
- The Great American Snuff Film (2003)
- Operation Nazi Zombies (2003)
- Dr. Shock's Tales of Terror (2003)
- Blood Sisters (2003)
- Abomination: The Evilmaker II (2003)
- Necromaniac: Schizophreniac 2 (2003)
- Strange Things Happen at Sundown (2003)
- Addiction (2003)
- The Shunned House (2003)
- Vampire Sisters (2004)
- The Vulture's Eye (2004)
- Trees 2: The Root of All Evil (2004)
- Shadowhunters (2004)
- Drawing Blood (2005)
- Skyggen (2005)
- Swamp Zombies!!! (2005)
- Vampire Whores from Outer Space (2005)
- DeadHouse (2005)
- Silent Bloodnight (2006)
- Hell Hath No Fury (2006)
- Watch Me (2006)
- Cope (2007)
- Edgar Allen Poe's Darkness (2007)
- Chasing Darkness (2007)
- Being Michael Madsen (2007)
- Forever Dead (2007)
- Greetings' (2007)
- The Terror Factor (2007)
- Caregiver (2007)
- The Expedition (2008)
- Attack of the Giant Leeches (2008)
- Johnny Sunshine Maximum Violence (2008)
- Taste of Flesh (2008)
- At the House of Madness (2008)
- Apocalypse Rising (2008)
- Skeleton Key 2: 667 Neighbor of the Beast (2008)
- O.C. Babes and the Slasher of Zombietown (2008)
- Caesar and Otto's Summer Camp Massacre (2009)
- Alice in Murderland (2010)
- Attack of the Vegan Zombies! (2010)
- Vampegeddon (2010)
- Wendigo: Bound by Blood (2010)
- Pop Punk Zombies (2011)
- Sinister (2011)
- 7 Nights of Darkness (2011)
- Skeleton Key 3: The Organ Trail (2011)
- The Tale of the Voodoo Prostitute (2012)
- Ridge War Z (2013)
- Arachnicide (2014)
- How to Kill a Zombie (2014)
- Horror House on Highway 6 (2014)
- Ghostlight (2014)
- Darkside Witches (2015)
- Misogynist (2015)
- The Conduit (2016)
- The Dooms Chapel Horror (2016)
- Scathing (2017)
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