Nightmares in a Damaged Brain…1981 USA/Italy video nasty by Romano Scavolini just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray

Posted: 4 December, 2015 in video nasty
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Nightmares Damaged Brain Baird Stafford Nightmares in a Damaged Brain is a 1981 USA/Italy horror by Romano Scavolini.
Starring Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith and CJ Cooke. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb UK: 88 Films say that the film will be released uncut for:

  • 2015 88 Films R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 30th November 2015
  • 2015 88 Films R0 DVD at UK Amazon released on 30th November 2015

Censorship History

Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1982 cinema release. Famously banned as a video nasty with the distributor being jailed. A cut US R rated version was released in the UK for an 18 rated 2002 DVD. In the US the Unrated version is uncut.See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Nightmares in a Damaged Brain

The promotional material for this release has been updated to note that the forthcoming release will be the uncut 99 minute version. But saying that, this version has not yet appeared in the BBFC database.

The Code Red DVD and BD on which this release is based is uncut for gore but has been truncated the scene where a young boy finds a dead girls body in an abandoned house and is subsequently grabbed from behind by the killer. Instead it cuts just as you see the shadow moving behind then you hear him scream off camera.

Thanks to Braintree. Some of those missing seconds have been restored by 88 Films, but not quite all of them.

This scene is on the old Dutch VHS, but that version misses some dialogue out from elsewhere. So, a truly complete version of the uncut print is difficult to find.

Promotional Material

Few slasher classics have proven to be more controversial than Romano Scavolini’s sicko slice ’em up epic NIGHTMARES IN A DAMAGED BRAIN!

Finally unleashed in the UK, uncut and uncensored, for the first time since VHS (back when the distributor of this bloodthirsty HALLOWEEN cash-in was imprisoned for 18 months just for daring to unleash it!), NIGHTMARES IN A DAMAGED BRAIN depicts the slow mental burn down of an escaped psychopath as he hacks his way through New York’s 42nd Street, horny teenagers and random suburban housewives! But there is more to his rampage than meets the eye, as a shocking final twist reveals!

Featuring enough Freudian-fermentation to appease genre academics, and packing in more plasma splashed set pieces than any of its rivals, NIGHTMARES IN A DAMAGED BRAIN is advised only for the strongest of stomachs! One thing is for sure though – this is the Slasher Classic you have all been craving for, remastered and restored from the original in-camera elements!


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  • Audio Commentary with The Hysteria Continues
  • Audio Commentary by Bill Paul
  • Interview with Tom Ward, CEO of 21st Century Films
  • Trailer
  • TV Spots
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  • Region Code: Free
  • Picture Format: HD 1.78:1
  • Audio Format: LPCM Mono
  • Language: English
  • Certification: 18
  • Running Time: 99 Mins Approx

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