Directed by: Romano Scavolini
Actors: Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke and Mik Cribben
Country: USA | Italy
Also known as: Blood Splash, Nightmare in a Damaged Brain, Nightmares in a Damaged Brain, Schizo
Description: The film tells the story of a psychopath who as a child saw his father having sex with his mistress, and killed both of them with an axe. As an adult he was released from a psychiatric hospital, but he again took up the old thing…
Back in the early 80’s before it was targeted and ultimately banned under the infamous Video Nasties Bill (along with many others). Having recently watched it again I found Scavolini’s dark, brooding movie still has the power to shock. Enhanced by an effective and atmospheric score by Jack Eric Williams and a good lead performance from Baird Stafford as the tormented schizophrenic George Tatum, the film is a very unsettling and disturbing exercise in extreme horror. The reason for Tatum’s madness is slowly revealed through a staggered narrative, which, combined with imaginative locations help to give the movie an erie ambiance that ultimately builds into one of the most gruesome and shocking finales ever filmed.
It is not for all tastes and some may find it questionable,but I believe “Nightmares In A Damaged Brain” is one of the best, underrated horror movies of it’s era.