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Brain Damage (1988)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  25 May 1988 (France)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gordon MacDonald ...
Mike
Jennifer Lowry ...
Barbara
Theo Barnes ...
Morris
Lucille Saint-Peter ...
Martha
Vicki Darnell ...
Blonde in Hell
Joseph Gonzalez ...
Guy in shower
Bradlee Rhodes ...
Night watchman
Michael Bishop ...
Toilet victim
Beverly Bonner ...
Neighbor
Ari M. Roussimoff ...
Biker
Kevin Van Hentenryck ...
Michael Rubenstein ...
Bum in alley
Angel Figueroa ...
Junkie
John Reichert ...
Policeman
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Storyline

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 Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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It's A Headache From Hell! See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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25 May 1988 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Brain Damage (La maledizione di Elmer)  »

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$900,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Rick has an unexplained cut on his lip all throughout the film. It was a part of a subplot involving him getting into a fight the night before defending his brother in a bar fight. But due to time restraints the explanation scenes were never filmed See more »

Goofs

When Brian wakes up bloody, the blood on his left hand disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Aylmer: This is the start of your new life, Brian. A life without worry or pain or loneliness, a life filled instead with colors and music and, euphoria... A life of light and pleasure.
Brian: But who are you? What are you?
Aylmer: I am you, Brian. I'm all you'll ever need.
Brian: I don't understand.
Aylmer: You will, Brian. From now on your life will take on a whole new light, and all you have to do is look into the light, and listen. Listen to the light, Brian, just listen to the light...
Brian: Yes, yes, I'd like to again, but... I ...
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Elmer's Tune
by Elmer Albrecht, Sammy Gallop, & Dick Jurgens
Courtesy of CBS Robbins Catalog, Inc.
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Calling all you Basket Case sickies out there
5 February 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

We've got a new killer freak, it's size less than the length of my hand: Elmer. He attaches himself the the brain of this poor sod, giving him wonderful highs, but if Elmer doesn't get what he wants, e.g. to suck out the brain of a whore, our poor Brian gets monster headaches. How smart was this film? Basket Case fans will love this. Brian's Girlfriend and his brother start to sense changes, as Brian becomes comes a recluse, staying in his bedroom. His brother seizing the chance, even makes the moves on his girlfriend. When Brian catches them in bed, he doesn't even care. We too can feel Brian's high, and Elmer's funny to look at, if captivating, we can barely make out his mouth. Enough gore to satisfy, that's for sure, in this follow up to the superior Basket Case, this quiet straight to video flick is worth the watch. We even have a surprise guest on a train, carrying a basket no less.


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