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Brain Damage

Brain Damage

Director: Frank Henenlotter Cast: Rick Herbst, Gordon MacDonald, Jennifer Lowry


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2017
UPC: 0760137992882
Original Release: 1988
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 2,286

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rick Herbst Brian
Gordon MacDonald Mike
Jennifer Lowry Barbara
Theo Barnes Morris Ackerman
Lucille Saint-Peter Martha Ackerman
Vicki Darnell Blonde in Hell Club
Kevin Van Hentenryck Man with Basket
Michael Bishop Toilet Victim
Beverly Downer Neighbor
Angel Luis Figueroa Junkie
Joe Gonzales Guy in Shower
Don Henenlotter Policeman
Kenneth Packard Subway Rider
Artemis Pizzaro Subway Rider
John Reichert Policeman
Bradlee Rhodes Night Watchman
Ari M. Roussimoff Biker
Michael Rubenstein Bum in Alley
Slam Wedgehouse Mohawked Punk

Technical Credits
Frank Henenlotter Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Elmer Albrecht Songwriter
Gabe Bartalos Makeup,Makeup Special Effects
Charles C. Bennett Associate Producer,Set Decoration/Design
Andre Blay Executive Producer
B.B. Burton Songwriter
John F. Calder Songwriter
B. Elsey Songwriter
Daniel Frye Makeup
Sammy Gallop Songwriter
J.F. Garnett Songwriter
Edgar Ievins Producer
Dick Jurgens Songwriter
James Y. Kwei Editor
Gregory Lamberson Asst. Director
Al Magliochetti Special Effects
Clutch Reiser Score Composer
Ivy Rosovsky Art Director
Gus Russo Score Composer
Ray Sundlin Associate Producer
Bruce Torbet Cinematographer
Ed Walloga Production Manager

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Brain Damage
1. Scene 1 [:05]
2. Scene 2 [7:26]
3. Scene 3 [5:51]
4. Scene 4 [11:34]
5. Scene 5 [7:11]
6. Scene 6 [6:07]
7. Scene 7 [5:37]
8. Scene 8 [7:17]
9. Scene 9 [8:16]
10. Scene 10 [6:18]
11. Scene 11 [7:32]
12. Scene 12 [6:52]
13. Scene 13 [5:25]

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