Brain Damage
Starring Rick Hearts, Gordon MacDonald, Jennyfer Lowry

One morning, a young man wakes to find that a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but demands human victims in return.

Director: Frank Henenlotter

Writer: Frank Henenlotter

Stars: Rick HearstGordon MacDonaldJennifer Lowry


Hilarious. Brain Damage takes some time to accelerate to a comfortable speed, but once it does it almost never lets up. With Henenlotter at the wheel, you can expect to sight see the grimiest sides of New York City (the man really does knows how to film filth). Its inhabitants are mostly self serving assholes, degenerates, scumbags, and losers—so cheering for Aylmer the parasite, comes easy.

And OH MAN, his voice. So many of the chuckles elicited came from simply listening to him, uh...her (it?) speak. The fact that it looked like yesterday's lunchtime shit, yet spoke far more eloquently than its mouth-breathing host, only made it better. Additionally, the chemistry shared between Aylmer and Brian (teehee) was fantastic. Brian's constant need for Aylmer's space jizz and Aylmer's smug-ass confirmation of his chemical dependency made every scene an exciting prospect. And nearly all of them paid off (hotel scene had me in stitches).


It's not Henenlotter's best, it's definitely a sloppy film in every sense of the word, but it's got an overabundance of sleazy charm and feels like the crack baby of the alien-buddy sub-genre. If you're a fan of his filmography, then you'll recognize the ringing endorsement, so get on it, if you haven't already.