Brain Damage (1988) Review

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Brain Damage (1988) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on March 30th, 2019 | Movie Review | Indie Horror, Comedy, Cult Classic, Campy, Creature, Gore

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It's about a talking ancient mutant worm that latches onto some poor bastard and sends him on acid trips by injecting worm juice directly into his brain.

Brain Damage was directed by Frank Henenlotter (who also directed Basket Case, Basket Case 2, Basket Case 3 and Frankenhooker) and stars Rick Hearst (from Warlock III: The End Of Innocence), Jennifer Lowry and Gordon Macdonald.

It's a Headache From Hell!

Brain Damage Review

Brain Damage is a seriously WTF movie. It starts off bizarre and never really lets up. You never really know what's going on, why or how it's going to end. Brain Damage is a quintessential 80's B-horror that's more of an experience than a movie and one that moved into my 80's B-horror top 10 the moment the ending credits started to roll.

Even though Brain Damage came out in '88 I didn't know anything about it going in. I remember seeing the box cover when I was a kid, but never even watched a trailer. I'd recommend going into this one as blindly as possible as well.

So, with that being said, if you haven't seen Brain Damage and if you like cheesy low-budget bizarre B-movies from the 80's and you're into hardcore ancient mutant worms and acid trips, stop now and go watch it.

Worth Watching?

If you like cheesy low-budget 80's B-horrors, absolutely. You should consider it required viewing. If you're not into this kind of movie, or if you hated Basket Case, then you'll probably hate Brain Damage too. Basket Case just so happens to also share a spot in my 80's B-horror top 10.


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