Brain Damage (1988)

Brain Damage (1988, USA) C-86m. ** D: Frank Henenlotter. Starring Rick Hearst, Gordon MacDonald, Jennifer Lowry, Theo Barnes, Kevin VanHentenryck. Ambitious horror comedy from the director of BASKET CASE (1982) about a phallus-like parasite that leaves its previous "owners" and enters the life (and brain) of neighbor Hearst. It turns out he provides a special drug for the young man in order to be fed his favorite dish - fresh human brain. Clever satire is prevented from soaring by low production values and self-conscious plotting that is sometimes merely grotesque. Still, an interesting addition to Henenlotter's oeuvre. Some even consider this his best film.


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