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Man With the Screaming Brain
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01.02.2008 By: Sturdy
Man With the Screaming Brain order
Director:
Bruce Campbell

Actors:
Bruce Campbell
Stacy Keach
Antoinette Byron

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A wealthy and prominent businessman is on a business trip to Bulgaria with his wife. While there, he and his ex-KGB cab driver are killed by a gypsy woman. While dead, their brains are combined into one and the businessman must learn to live with the cab driverís voice in his head.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
That was a pretty difficult synopsis to write for a 90 minute film. I think I have to take my hat off to Bruce Campbell for coming up with a crazy story and actually putting it on film. Unfortunately, it wasnít my cup of tea and I canít say I enjoyed it. It took a really long time to get to the point and by the time it found its way, it had already lost me.

Bruce Campbell has some of the most loyal fans of any actor in Hollywood. No doubt all of them will watch this film. I think on some levels, true Campbell fans will enjoy this film as it has some typical Campbell humor sprinkled throughout. I like the guy, but I wouldnít call myself a true fan. With that in mind, I like the sarcastic Campbell better than the slapstick Campbell. Throughout this film, it felt like he was trying too hard to put humor where humor was not.

Obviously, Campbell with the other guyís brain is the point of the film, but it takes over half the film to get to that point. The first part is more like a regular b-movie with bad acting and bad dialogue witnessed through low-grade film. It wasnít funny, scary or interesting. When the brain combining finally does commence, the audience is bored to tears. There were a few funny moments, but more chuckle-inducing than belly laugh-inducing.

Throughout most of the film, I found myself checking the clock on the DVD player. Bruce Campbell has stayed away from mainstream for a reason, but Iím hoping this film wasnít one of those reasons. Heís a funny guy with a good personality and I usually enjoy watching him. This film just had way too many problems to be enjoyable.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Bruce Campbell and David M. Goodman: Bruce is a cool dude and he keeps this commentary rolling with some good stories and great comments on the making of the film. I really enjoyed this commentary and the natural Bruce Campbell is better than the actor Bruce Campbell.

Brain Surgeons: Making the Screaming Brain (13:48): This is better than your typical making of featurette since it doesnít contain a lot of movie scenes. Bruce talks about the making of the film and how the story evolved from concept to finished product.

Neurology 101: Evolution of the Screaming Brain (14:02): This was a very cool featurette that chronicles the process of getting funding for the film. Bruce and his producer friend David Goodman stand in front of a chalk board that has an outline of all the obstacles they faced trying to get money for the film. It spans three decades and they have stories for each event. This is highly recommended.

Behind the Scenes (9:32): This is literally behind the scenes footage set to the filmís score. Itís ok if you like that sort of thing and you canít get enough Bruce.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I canít recommend this to anyone but die-hard Bruce Campbell fans. Thereís really nothing else here to make it worthwhile. If you absolutely love the guy, then his appearance might be enough for you. If not, then I wouldnít bother with this one.
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