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Brain Damage

Limited edition DVD cover.
Directed by Frank Henenlotter
Produced by Al Eicher
Andre Blay
Edgar Ievins
Written by Frank Henenlotter
Starring Rick Hearst
Jennifer Lowry
Gordon MacDonald
Music by Matthias Donnelly
Clutch Reiser
Gus Russo
Cinematography Bruce Torbet
Editing by Frank Henenlotter
James Y. Kwei
Distributed by Palisades Entertainment
Ventura Distribution
Release date(s) 1988
Running time Theatrical Cut:
84 min.
Unrated Cut:
86 min.
Country United States
Language English

Brain Damage is an American comedy horror film that was released in 1988, and directed by Frank Henenlotter[1] (Basket Case, Frankenhooker).



It features a young man named Brian (Rick Hearst) who has an unwilling symbiotic relationship with a malevolent slug-like brain-eating parasite called "Aylmer" (voiced by famed creature feature host John Zacherle). Aylmer secretes a highly addictive, hallucinogenic blue fluid into Brian's brain. In return for a steady supply of the fluid, Brian must seek out victims for Aylmer, so that he can devour their brains. The film was largely a metaphor for drug addiction.

Basket Case cameo

Near the end of the film, a man is seen on the subway with a large wicker basket. He is none other than Duane (Kevin Van Hentenryck) from Basket Case carrying his brother with him.


As of February, 2010, Brain Damage has a fairly positive 63% freshness rating on the review website Rotten Tomatoes.


  1. ^ The Staff and Friends of Scarecrow Video (2004). The Scarecrow Movie Guide. Seattle: Sasquatch Books. pp. 630–723. ISBN 1570614156. 

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