Arrow Films

From Frank Henenlotter, the man behind such cult horror favourites as Basket Case and Frankenhooker, comes Brain Damage – the ultimate head-trip, now finally on Blu-ray!

Meet Elmer. He’s your friendly neighborhood parasite with the ability to induce euphoric hallucinations in his hosts. But these LSD-like trips come with a hefty price tag: when young Brian comes under Elmer’s addictive spell, it’s not long before he finds himself scouring the city streets in search of his parasite friend’s preferred food source – brains!

Featuring late TV horror host John Zacherle as the voice of Elmer, Brain Damage boasts some of the most astonishingly bad taste gore gags ever realized, including the notorious “brain-pulling sequence” and a blow-job that ends with a distinctly unconventional climax.

Special Features

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 
  • Original Mono and 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround Audio Options 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
  • Isolated Score 
  • Audio commentary by writer-director Frank Henenlotter 
  • Listen to the Light: The Making of Brain Damage – documentary featuring interviews with actor Rick Herbst, producer Edgar Ievins, 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 
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
84 mins approx
Director:
Frank Henenlotter
Certificate:
18
Actor:
Rick Hearst

Gordon MacDonald

Jennifer Lowry
Subtitle Languages:
English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
1988
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
Arrow Video

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Arrow Films

From Frank Henenlotter, the man behind such cult horror favourites as Basket Case and Frankenhooker, comes Brain Damage – the ultimate head-trip, now finally on Blu-ray!

Meet Elmer. He’s your friendly neighborhood parasite with the ability to induce euphoric hallucinations in his hosts. But these LSD-like trips come with a hefty price tag: when young Brian comes under Elmer’s addictive spell, it’s not long before he finds himself scouring the city streets in search of his parasite friend’s preferred food source – brains!

Featuring late TV horror host John Zacherle as the voice of Elmer, Brain Damage boasts some of the most astonishingly bad taste gore gags ever realized, including the notorious “brain-pulling sequence” and a blow-job that ends with a distinctly unconventional climax.

Special Features

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 
  • Original Mono and 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround Audio Options 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
  • Isolated Score 
  • Audio commentary by writer-director Frank Henenlotter 
  • Listen to the Light: The Making of Brain Damage – documentary featuring interviews with actor Rick Herbst, producer Edgar Ievins, 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 
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
84 mins approx
Director:
Frank Henenlotter
Certificate:
18
Actor:
Rick Hearst

Gordon MacDonald

Jennifer Lowry
Subtitle Languages:
English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
1988
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
Arrow Video

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Henenlotter's masterpiece.

Henenlotter's best film, completely bonkers with some wonderful practical effects work. Sometimes it's hard to know which side of the reversible sleeve to pick, but I love the new artwork here and it's an easy decision. Lots of cool extras make this a must have.

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