Admittedly, I have a type. Whatever. I'm human. That said, feel free to skip this post because I cannot be trusted when it comes to Brain Damage.
Horror nerds love Frank Henenlotter's Basket Case, but Brain Damage is better. It's better because the male lead in this film is, to quote Claire Danes, so beautiful it hurts to look at him. That's enough for me.
Brain Damage is a movie about a gorgeous man named Brian who thinks with his penis who he's named Elmer. I think that's relatable. The movie starts innocuously enough, Brian wants a night off from his girlfriend and his roommate so he pretends to be sick. The girlfriend and roommate wind up falling in love with each other and Brian wakes up with blood all over his sheets. A blackout moment! One minute, Brian's throwing his sheets in the laundry and, next thing you know, he's in an alley behind the whole foods, throwing his soiled panties in the trash. Dick will make you do crazy things - we've all been there, sis!
Getting older, you start to know yourself. For example, I know that I can't have chips in my house or apps on my phone because three weeks will go by and I'll be seven hundred pounds, still clicking on the same torso picture from someone 2378 feet away who I wouldn't have looked at twice in real life. It's better (for me) not to go down that road. A little self-awareness could have helped Brian, but instead he went down the dick hole and never came out again.
Sex addicts are a slippery lot. They're like phallic sponges, they'll fill you up, but they also take all they can get and then leave you alone with a nasty smell on your fingers. Gay, straight, they don't care. They'll do anything. I've seen Shame, I know. When Brian has dick on the brain, it's all consuming - colors seem brighter, people seem interesting - he winds up in places with no clue how he got there. Like an after-school special, Brain Damage shows us Brian's descent into addiction through the lens of 1980s grind house horror cinema. If you're like me and have a fetish for hot brunette tall men who look like vampires and who carry around anthropomorphic brain-sucking penises, pop a PrEP and go watch it on Shudder. You'll be glad you did.