Brain Damage Films

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Brain Damage Films
Subsidiary
Industry Film
Founded 2001
Founder Darrin Ramage
Headquarters Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
Products Motion pictures
Parent Maxim Media Marketing, Inc.
Website braindamagefilms.com

Brain Damage Films is a US-based worldwide independent film production company and distribution company. It was founded in 2001 by Darrin Ramage.[1][2] A division located in the UK was launched in September 2009.[3]

The company distributes a variety of horror and shock exploitation movies in many formats, including DVD, Blu-Ray, and cable, satellite, and Internet video on demand.

Company information[edit]

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."[4]

History[edit]

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."[5]

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."[6]

Brain Damage Music[edit]

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".[7]

Gorehounds television show[edit]

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.[8]

Notable affiliations[edit]

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[edit]

Starting in 2002, Brain Damage Films has produced at least six original independent horror films:

Controversy and criticism[edit]

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".[9][10]

On 22 June 2005, the British Board of Film Classification rejected Traces of Death, stating that "the work presents no journalistic, educational or other justifying context for the images shown."[11]

Films produced and distributed by Brain Damage Films are often criticized for their production value and quality.[12][13]

Films distributed by Brain Damage Films[edit]

Below is an incomplete selection of films currently distributed by Brain Damage Films.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brain Damage Distribution". Bloody Disgusting.com. 15 May 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Brain Damage Films on Fox News 10 August 2006. Fox News. 
  3. ^ "Brain Damage UK". Articlesdic.com. Retrieved 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Darrin Quote from News Story". USA Today. 27 October. Retrieved 27 October 2008.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "Archive.org Historical Capture of BrainDamageFilms.com". Wayback Machine. 28 February 2002. Archived from the original on 2 February 2002. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Brain Damage Films About Page". Brain Damage Films Official Website. 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Brain Damage Record Label". Articlesdic.com. 2012. Retrieved 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ "Gorehounds TV Show". Zonie. Retrieved 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ "Google.de search for BrainDamageFilms.com". Google. Retrieved 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. ^ "Google takedown notice from Germany". ChillingEffects.org. Retrieved 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  11. ^ "Rejection of Traces of Death by the BBFC". British Board of Film Classification. 2005. Retrieved 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  12. ^ "Brain Damage Films criticism". SoiledSinema.com. 2008. Retrieved 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  13. ^ "Negative reviews of Brain Damage Films releases". AnythingHorror.com. 2011. Retrieved 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  14. ^ Parlin, Geri (8 December 2011). "Filmmakers resurrect punk rock: Locally shot zombie flick now on DVD". La Crosse Tribune. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  15. ^ http://braindamagefilms.com/dvd/horror/supernatural-ghost/ghostlight/
  16. ^ http://braindamagefilms.com/dvd/drama/suspense/misogynist/. Retrieved 30 July 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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