One morning a young man wakes to find a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but in return demands human victims.
When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to re-animate as they go on a rampage through ... See full summary »
When a liquor store owner finds a case of "Viper" in his cellar, he decides to sell it to the local hobos at one dollar a bottle, unaware of its true properties. The drinks causes its ... See full summary »
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.
A normal, average guy who lives in New York City becomes dependent on an evil, disembodied brain. The brain feeds the guy a narcotic substance in exchange for his unwilling assistance in obtaining the brains of innocent victims for sustenance. This turns into a tour of circa-1980s underground NYC clubs, backlots, and other seedy locations. One scene features the band Swimming Pool Cues playing the song "Corruption." Written by
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The theatrical and original home-video releases of his film deleted the most gruesome scenes, such as the "fellatio" gag. See more »
When Brian wakes up bloody, the blood on his left hand disappears and reappears between shots. See more »
[Elmer taunts Brian as he coughs and retches on the floor]
What's the matter, Brian? Feeling ill?
Oh, please Brian! You're not gonna throw up in front of me, are you? I don't want to watch this. Why'd you bring me here? Why couldn't you leave me home? I'll tell you why, Brian. It's because you know you're not going to win. You know you're gonna need my juice.
You know the pain is going to get so great that only my juice will stop it. Only my juice will help you. You know that, ...
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In the end titles, listed under "Historical Research" is BABE WOZENTHAL. According Frank Henenlotter on the DVD's commentary, this was a joke about Jerry Lewis in "The Errand Boy." See more »
One morning a young man (Rick Hearst) wakes to find a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but in return demands human victims.
I love the concept of an "aylmer", this creature that was passed down from great ruler to great ruler for centuries. The story was so well-written that I figured it must have been at least partially based on some legend. Nope, just Henenlotter's genius.
Obviously, the film is a metaphor for drug addiction. But interestingly, this seems to be an afterthought. Henenlotter said the idea came to him like this: first, he thought of a creature attached to someone who needs to kill. But then he wondered why the person would allow this, so he came up with the drug aspect. So rather than this being a story about the side effects of drugs, it is actually quite the other way around...
And, of course, we have Henenlotter gore. While this film ranks beneath "Basket Case" and "Frankenhooker" in my opinion, it has some of the best gore... with scenes that had to be cut but have since resurfaced. (While the scenes are certainly extreme, it is amusing that such things might now get an R but never could have in the 1980s.)
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