Brain Damage is 80s gore, cheesy laughs, and one hell of an unforgettable villain.
Brain Damage Synopsis
Brian encounters a parasitic leech-like creature called Aylmer and forms a symbiotic relationship. In exchange for Aylmer’s highly addictive blue secretion, he also prepares a steady supply of human victims for the creature to feed on. Expectedly, this soon ruins Brian’s life, and no matter how he tries to break free of Aylmer’s hold, he remains deeply addicted. Things then take on a dangerous turn with Aylmer’s previous hosts confronting Brian. All are determined to reclaim the foul creature for their own ecstasy.
There are many things I would like to say about Brain Damage, especially with regards to its addictive villain. But I shall refrain from doing so because this is one of those retro masterpieces that shines by never insisting you only enjoy it in one particular way.
Treat it as a social commentary about drugs? Fine. Watch it for the cheesy gore? Great. Love it for its irresistible villain? Wonderful!
In being so, Brain Damage thus fulfils the first and foremost purpose for horror comedy. That of entertainment.
Sure, some parts are nonsensical. Some of the effects could have also been better.
But does it matter? No! End of the day, it’s all about gleeful entertainment. And in this area, this 80s horror gem shines like a gem.
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