Brain Damage (1989)

  • Horror, Cult, Comedy
  • 1h 26m

“Belongs to a tradition of ‘80s-era NYC-centric horror that suggests the cinematic equivalent of graffiti, and has a foot rooted in the outrage voiced by British punk.” – Chuck Bowen, Slant

How do you follow up an all-time cult classic like 1982’s BASKET CASE? If you’re the one and only Frank Henenlotter, you next unleash BRAIN DAMAGE: his ultimate Grimm’s Fairy Tale for perverted adults. In what the filmmaker himself has dubbed an elegy to his former habits, BRAIN DAMAGE is a slimy, grimy, gore-soaked slice of NYC neon that follows a poor schmo addicted to a drug called Aylmer. But unlike any street narcotic, Alymer is a parasitic penis monster that eats human brains in order to survive, juicing his host with enough hallucinogens to keep the party rolling.

Boasting some of the most astonishing bad-taste gore gags ever realized (including the notorious “brain-pulling” sequence and a sex act with a highly unconventional climax), BRAIN DAMAGE is hilarious, unsettling and jam-packed with lysergic delights.




United States


Arrow Films

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