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Brain Damage (Widescreen)

Rick Hearst , Gordon MacDonald , Frank Henenlotter    DVD
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A worm-like parasite named Aylmer latches into Brian^Rs (Rick Herbst) neck and offers to inject his brain with a hallucinogenic fluid, giving him pleasurable psychedelic experiences. There^Rs one catch^Eto keep the high, Brian has to keep feeding the Aylmer his favorite food^Ehuman brains! Directed by Frank Henenlotter (Frakenhooker, Basket Case), this outstanding cult film favorite will have you screaming with laughter as you reach for your barf bag! Available for the first time in it^Rs original uncut version, this new high-definition transfer contains all the gore sequences deleted from the American release prints, including the infamous ^Sbrain pulling^T sequence!

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Head Game from Hell March 29 2004
Format:DVD
1988's BRAIN DAMAGE is the second film from low-budget Grand Guignol writer/director Frank Henenlotter, his first being the grisly over-the-top cult favorite BASKET CASE (1982), and both films established him as the master auteur of bad-taste horror cinema in the 1980s. But despite of the excessive gore and crude sexual elements, Henenlotter's films are a cut above the average trash pics because his well-written scripts are weaved around a daedal subtext that offers wry comments and observations on certain elements or aspects of modern society. With the visceral horror comedy BRAIN DAMAGE, Henenlotter is satirizing the Western propensity for addiction.
BRAIN DAMAGE relates the "mind-blowing" tale of the Faustian bargain made between a young man named Brian and an enigmatic, snake-like parasite named Aylmer (pronounced like the name ELMER). Aylmer dispenses an addictive pleasure-inducing drug directly into Brian's brain, but as payment for each "fix," Brian must transport Aylmer around the city so the parasitic pusher can obtain his favorite food--human brains. Though Brian is generally a nice young man who wouldn't hurt a flea, he finds it impossible to resist the demands of the deceptively cute parasite because of his need and desire for the psychedelic "juice," and he ultimately becomes Aylmer's accomplice in murder.
With a meager budget of circa $600,000, Henenlotter and crew have nonetheless succeeded in crafting BRAIN DAMAGE as a polished, professional-looking film. Yes, the violence is graphic, sophomorically comic, and often over the top, and yes, the film has a crude, puerile sexual element (snake-like Aylmer is obviously a phallic symbol).
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4.0 out of 5 stars feed your head March 23 2000
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Format:DVD
Frank Hennenlotter has created a twisted, freakish masterpiece with this offbeat little comic chiller. Brian (Rick Herbst) is plunged headfirst into hell after a pleasant-seeming parasite named Aylmer hooks him on a strange hallucinogen he excretes from a needle in his mouth. While Brian is tripping, Aylmer gets him to walk him around the city so he can munch on the brains of unfortunate passersby. The scene in which a physically exhausted Brian tries to kick the drug cold turkey while Aylmer taunts him from a sink is one of the most chilling sequences ever filmed, and is apparantly even more brutal on the uncut DVD. Screwy, alternately hilarious and horrifying, and an effective allegory for drug addiction. Oh, and keep an eye out for the star of Henenlotter's first film Basket Case in a subway scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best gets a great release Aug. 23 1999
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Format:DVD
I've always been a fan of BRAIN DAMAGE, and it was the main movie I bugged Elite Entertainment for a deluxe laserdisc release of.Well, it took a few years, but Don's done it under his new label, Synapse Films. This DVD release looks and sounds great. It features an excellent transfer of the full-length feature, running commentary, and an isolated music track. There's also a trailer.If you've seen BRAIN DAMAGE before, this is a good chance to see it again- and uncut at that. If you haven't seen it and can stomach some gore in a horror movie, check it out. It's even better than you've heard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars KISS OF DEATH April 24 2000
Format:DVD
If you're a Peter Jackson's DEAD ALIVE fan, you'll love Frank Henenlotter's BRAIN DAMAGE. 50 % horror, 50% comic : that's the secret. Add an above average screenplay (OK ! that's not the difficulty for an 1988 movie...) and a dozen actors who seem at least semi-professional and you obtain a B-movie that deserves to stay in your library.
Brian's horrible friend is a vague cousin of E.T. but a little bit more symbolical ; Frank Henenlotter, during the commentary of BRAIN DAMAGE, doesn't deny that he was thinking of the most valuable attribute of the male when designing IT.
Remember the sci-fi novel of Brian Aldiss THE GREEN WORLD ? Well, the animal sticking on the hero's head in this book is the grandfather of Elmer. It loves you but you have to obey it, it will make you happy but you have to feed him first.
A terrific transfer in the DVD standard, a commentary of the director and the trailers of the movie and BASKET CASE as bonus features. Wow!
A DVD dedicated to the vegetarian ones.
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i think that everyone here is already familiar with the plot,so im not gonna write a summmary of it..this movie is great.excellent dvd.in the commentary part,Frank Henelotter says that this film is sort of a warning to drug users.remeber the overdose at the end of the film?not that many people have ever heard of this film so i think that it shoould be released in theaters again because it is sort of a drug warning.and know that there is alot of stuff about drugs,alot of people might get of smoking and stuff after viewing this film( i know i would)and because i was born in 1986 so i was only in 2 in 1988(when this film came out)and i want to see this film in the theaters.
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