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Nightmares in a Damaged Brain and Bad Biology Unboxings

If you’re looking for one of the most depraved double-bills imaginable, look no further than the latest two 4K UHD releases from purveyors of the macabre Severin Films. With the hugely controversial Nightmares in a Damaged Brain (1981) – a “pure gore spectacle” that saw its distributor jailed – and Frank Henenlotter’s monster-penis flick Bad Biology (2008), your eyes will never be the same again after experiencing this pair of cult gems in 4K UHD. To say they’re not for the faint of heart is an understatement, so newcomers to these films should tread lightly. But for horror fans looking to test their limits, this is a sleazy double-bill you won’t soon forget.

Severin Films have pulled out all the stops here with remarkable 4K transfers from the original negatives and over five hours of special features with each film.

NIGHTMARES IN A DAMAGED BRAIN

It’s been called “graphic and unapologetic” (SexGoreMutants), “brutally effective” (Screen Rant) and “a forgotten classic” (Horror News). It remains the most reviled, controversial and misunderstood genre film of the ‘80s. Now “the most repulsive, degrading and horrifying movie ever made” (NY Daily News) can be experienced like never before: When a homicidal mental patient (an enduringly disturbing performance by Baird Stafford) flees an experimental drug program, he’ll leave a 5-day trail of psychosexual carnage from the peep shows of 42nd Street to the gore-soaked shores of Florida. Written and directed by Romano Scavolini, this “devastating masterpiece” (Cinefear) – whose UK release as NIGHTMARES IN A DAMAGED BRAIN led to the imprisonment of distributor David Hamilton-Grant – has been scanned from the internegative and various foreign print sources to create the most complete version ever assembled.

Disc 1: UHD

  • Audio Commentary With Star Baird Stafford and Special Effects Assistant Cleve Hall Moderated By Lee Christian and David DeCoteau
  • Audio Commentary With Producer William Paul
  • Trailers

Disc 2: Blu-ray

  • Audio Commentary With Star Baird Stafford and Special Effects Assistant Cleve Hall Moderated By Lee Christian and David DeCoteau
  • Audio Commentary With Producer William Paul
  • Kill Thy Father And Thy Mother – Interview With Director Romano Scavolini (71 mins)
  • Dreaming Up A Nightmare – Featuring Former President Of 21st Century Distribution Arthur Schweitzer, Actor/Unit Production Manager Mik Cribben, Production Supervisor Simon Nuchtern, Florida Producer/Special Effects Artist William Milling, Uncredited Editor Jim Markovic and Archival Interviews With Actor Baird Stafford And Special Effects Artists Edward French and Cleve Hall
  • The Nightmare Of NIGHTMARE – Interview With Erroneously Credited Special Effects Director Tom Savini
  • The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of – Interview With Makeup Artist Robin Stevens
  • A Nightmare On Many Streets – Locations Tour With Rue Morgue Writer Michael Gingold
  • Open Matte Peep Show Sequence
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Still Gallery
  • Trailers

Disc 3: Blu-ray 

  • DAMAGED: THE VERY BRITISH OBSCENITY OF DAVID HAMILTON-GRANT (71 mins)
  • Rare David Hamilton-Grant Productions: THE OFFICE PARTY (55 mins), UNDER THE BED (53 mins), YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY (53 mins), and ESCAPE TO ENTEBBE (9 mins)

Additional Special Features

  • Violent Nature: The Selling Of A NIGHTMARE Booklet By Mondo Digital’s Nathaniel Thompson

BAD BIOLOGY

For his first film in 17 years, splatter master Frank Henenlotter – Writer/Director of FRANKENHOOKER, BRAIN DAMAGE and The BASKET CASE Trilogy – returned with the most graphic, transgressive and jaw-droppingly depraved black comedy shocker of his career: Jennifer (Charlee Danielson) is a homicidal nymphomaniac who spontaneously births mutant babies. Batz (Anthony Sneed) has a monstrous penis with a mind of its own. In a city ruled by pleasure and pain, will two made-for-each-other freaks deliver the ultimate orgasmic horror? Eleonore Hendricks (DADDY LONGLEGS), radio host Rude Jude and Director James Glickenhaus (THE EXTERMINATOR, THE ASTROLOGER) co-star in “one very entertaining seriously batshit film” (JoBlo) produced and co-written by underground hip-hop hero R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn with insane F/X by Gabe Bartalos (SKINNED DEEP, SAINT BERNARD), now scanned in 4K from the camera negative.

Special Features:

Disc 1: UHD

  • Commentary With Director Frank Henenlotter, Director Of Photography Nick Deeg and Actor Anthony Sneed
  • Archival Commentary With Director Frank Henenlotter and Producer R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn

Disc 2: Blu-ray

  • Commentary With Director Frank Henenlotter, Director Of Photography Nick Deeg And Actor Anthony Sneed
  • Archival Commentary With Director Frank Henenlotter And Producer R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn
  • Spook House – Interviews With Director Frank Henenlotter, Producer R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn, Production Coordinator Michael Shershenovich, Director Of Photography Nick Deeg, Retired Detective David Henenlotter And Production Manager Chaz Kangas
  • In The Basement With Charlee Danielson – A Brief, Completely Off-Kilter Interview With the Elusive Miss Charlee Danielson and a Basketball
  • Deeg And Sneed – A Conversation Between Nick Deeg and Anthony Sneed
  • Swollen Agenda – Interview With Makeup Effects Artist Gabe Bartalos
  • Beyond Bad – Behind The Scenes Of BAD BIOLOGY
  • Fuck Face – Photographer Clay Patrick McBride Runs Around The Director’s Apartment Filming Guys Making Their ‘O Face’
  • SUCK – A Wonderfully Twisted Short Film By Anthony Sneed
  • Legendary Loser – Music Video By R.A. The Rugged Man
  • Thorburn Image Gallery – Publicity Pix, Behind-The-Scenes Shots, Video Covers And Death Pix
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