Brian is a young man who becomes alienated from his girlfriend
and brother when he comes into contact with a blue slug-like
parasitic creature. It injects an enzyme into Brian's brain
which gives him an unbelievable high. The wisecracking parasite
soon has him hooked, but there's a condition. The creature
refuses to give him any more of the enzyme unless it is taken
out to feed. Unfortunately, that consists of eating people's
brains. And to make matters worse, the addicted and mentally-unhinged
previous keeper of the parasite shows up to reclaim his prize...
film is very much a product of its time. Its attempt to join
the then league of video nasties merely results in it being
cheap and nasty. When I mention nasty I'm talking about practically
everything except the horror content.
Damage looks like it was made in someone's garden shed,
with a spray-painted glove puppet and a trio of bored teenagers.
The so-called gore is achieved quite obviously using a squeegee
bottle, a hose and fish pump. The psychedelic trip experienced
by Brian in the junkyard reminded me of an early eighties
pop video, using video effects that even Visage would have
been ashamed of.
Brain Damage is director Frank Henenlotter's follow-up
film to Basket Case, it contains none of the elements
which made Basket Case - and particularly its first
sequel - work so well. The attempt at black humour falls flat,
the death scenes are prolonged to such an extent that you
tire of what's happening on screen pretty quickly, and the
incidental music is far too loud and sounds like a cheap Woolworths
organ. Avoid this one like the plague.