Brain Damage [Blu-ray/DVD] [2 Discs] [1988]

  • SKU: 32749024
  • Release Date: 05/09/2017
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

Special Features


  • Animating Elmer - featurette looking at the contributions of Visual Effects Supervisor Al Magliochetti
  • Brain Damage Q&A with Frank Henenlotter recorded at the 2016 Offscreen Film Festival
  • Brand new Audio-Commentary by Writer-Director Frank Henenlotter
  • Bygone Behemoth - animated short by Harry Chaskin, featuring a brief appearance by John Zacherle in his final onscreen credit
  • Collector's Booklet with new writing on the film by Michael Gingold, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
  • Elmer's Turf: The NYC Locations of Brain Damage - featurette revisiting the film's original shooting locations
  • Image Galleries
  • Isolate Score
  • Karen Ogle: A Look Back - Stills Photographer, Script Supervisor and Assistant Editor Karen Ogle recalls her fond memories of working on Brain Damage
  • Limited Edition O-Card with exclusive artwork
  • Listen to the Light: The Making of Brain Damage - brand new documentary featuring interviews with actor Rick Herbst, Producer Edgar Levins, Editor James Kwei, First Assistant Director Gregory Lamberson, Visual Effects Supervisor Al Magliochetti and Makeup Artist Dan Frye
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck
  • Tasty Memories: A Brain Damage Obsession - an interview with superfan Adam Skinner
  • The Effects of Brain Damage - FX artist and creator of "Elmer" Gabe Bartalos looks back at his iconic effects work on the film

Synopsis


Brain Damage
Basket Case director Frank Henenlotter explores another bizarre symbiotic human-monster relationship in this surreal horror comedy about a young man named Brian (Rick Herbst) who emerges from a night of bizarre hallucinations to find a jovial talking slug attached to his body. The creature, a brain-eating parasite called an "Aylmer" (but who prefers the simpler handle "Elmer") came calling after abandoning his former companions -- a European couple who tried to wean him from human brains by supplying him with sheep brains from the local butcher. Preferring prey of the bipedal variety (and a younger, more mobile host), Elmer hitches a ride with Brian, administering doses of a highly addictive psychedelic drug to keep him under control, and sends him out in search of human gray matter. Understandably, this drives a wedge in the relationship between Brian and his girlfriend, Barbara (Jennifer Lowry), who doesn't buy the monster story but nevertheless begins to recognize Brian's junkie behavior patterns. Fighting a losing battle against Elmer's magic juice (and trying to keep Elmer from munching down on Barbara's skull), Brian is forced into a hideous showdown for possession of his own mind. Clever highlights include horror host John Zacherle as the Bing Crosby-esque voice of Elmer and a cute cameo from Basket boy Kevin Van Hentenryck. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew


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    Rick Herbst - Brian
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    Gordon MacDonald - Mike
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    Jennifer Lowry - Barbara
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    Theo Barnes - Morris Ackerman
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    Lucille Saint-Peter - Martha Ackerman



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Frank Henenlotter's Best!

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    Icebreaker
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    "Brain Damage" is a great low budget horror film from the 80s! Young Brian meets this strange parasite named Aylmer (Elmer), who provides a liquid injection that puts him on episodes of hallucination highs. He soon realizes these doses come at a price, as the creature wants human brains in exchange. I was truly blown away by this movie! "Brain Damage" is horror with elements of comedy, and enjoyed every moment! You will be charmed by the antagonist, without a doubt! I love the works of Frank Henenlotter, but I think this film tops them all! Plus, Arrow Video's new blu-ray release makes the film look better than ever! Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    80's B - horror at its best

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    Gannicus25
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    I loved this movie as a kid, it was cheesy good. It even has a cameo from another horror franchise in it. It blew mind as a kid. I always hoped that these characters would make a cameo in Basket Case 2 or 3 but never did.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

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    Jason
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    I had this on VHS many years ago and then on DVD but now finally Brain Damage gets its Blu Ray release! Love it!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best

    Posted
    Bmoz
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    So glad to see this classic in this format. Well worth it

    I would recommend this to a friend



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