- Joe 2018
Edgar Ievins, Andre Blay (executive), Al Eicher (executive) for Ievins-Henenlotter, Palisades Partners
directed by Frank Henenlotter
starring Rick Herbst (= Rick Hearst), Gordon MacDonald, Jennifer Lowry, Theo Barnes, Lucille Saint-Peter, Vicki Darnell, Joseph Gonzalez, Bradlee Rhodes, Michael Bishop, Beverly Bonner, Ari M. Roussimoff, Kevin Van Hentenryck, Michael Rubenstein, Angel Figueroa, John Reichert, Don Henenlotter, Kenneth Packard, Artemis Pizarro, Slam Wedgehouse, Daniel Frye, John Zacherle (voice)
written by Frank Henenlotter, music by Clutch Reiser, Gus Russo, makeup effects by Gabriel Bartalos, visual effects by Al Magliochetti, Aylmer created by Gabriel Bartalos, David Kindlon
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An elderly couple have kept Aylmer (voiced by John Zacherle) in their
bath tub and fed him animal brains, despite his rather disgusting looks -
but now Aylmer is gone, and his "owners" go half mad when
looking for him - but not because they really care ...
Hearst) feels rather odd today, to the point where he doesn't mind that
his girlfriend Barbara (Jennifer Lowry) goes on a date with his own
brother Mike (Gordon MacDonald), who has always had the hots for her.
Eventually, Brian finds a wormlike creature attached to his brain stem -
Aylmer. Now this ought to worry him, but Aylmer is a parasitic creature
that gives its host euphoric states of happiness - and Brian is hooked
before long. Thing is, Aylmer demands something in return, brains,
preferably of the human variety - so he makes Brian kill for him, which
Brian doesn't even realise at first as he's always high as a kite when
this happens. Problem is, he finds out eventually, and being essentially a
decent guy, he flees his and Barbara's apartment to get off Aylmer in a
cheap motel room - but it doesn't work that way as Aylmer is quite a bit
more addictive than heroin even, and eventually Brian has to realise he's
no match for Aylmer. Things really start to get ugly though when Brian
returns home and finds Barbara in bed with Mike ...
Back in its
day, Basket Case had become an
almost instant cult classic - and with Brain Damage, director Frank
Henenlotter's follow-up feature, he manages to actually deliver on that
promise, giving us another piece of bizarre yet darkly ironic piece of
body horror set in New York's seedy underbelly, full of eccentric and
colourful characters, over-the-top ideas, scenes and sequences, and
another great creature at the center of it all. And the result is
basically excellent genre fun that seems as fresh today as it was almost
30 years ago, and while it might be too wild for mainstream audiences
still, it's sure to please every genre fan!