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

Release Date:05/09/2017
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    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


    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

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