Man With The Screaming Brain (2005)

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In 2005 Bruce Campbell directed his first ever feature film. The film stars Bruce Campbell as a wealthy CEO who travels to Bulgaria after the fall of communism. His plan was to do business for his U.S. drug company yet he is shortly caught up in some dirty situations and ends up with a brain transplant after his brain is severely damaged. --TMDb
Bruce Campbell
Bruce Campbell
Tamara Gorski
Tamara Gorski
Ted Raimi
Ted Raimi
Antoinette Byron
Antoinette Byron
Stacy Keach
Stacy Keach
Review by Chad
Added: October 18, 2005
William Cole (Bruce Campbell) is a pharmaceutical CEO who is traveling to Bulgaria in order to get some foreign investments made for his company for some reason or another. It's all explained in the movie, but the businessman discussions tend to go over my head and it's really not that important in the grand scheme of the storyline. Anywho, he brings his uppity wife Jackie (Antoinette Byron) along with him, and the plan is that William will meet with and hear various pitches from the local people who need cash for whatever projects, while Jackie explores the town and does some shopping. Everything is moving along nicely - William has found a Russian taxi driver named Yegor (Vladimir Kolev) that speaks English, his meetings are in place, and his wife is all set to go spend a shit-ton of American dollars in this town. Ahh, how things can get turned around so quickly...

You see, over on the seedier side of town, there's a certain Dr. Ivan Ivanov (Stacy Keach) who, along with his rapper-wannabe assistant Pavel (Ted Raimi), is working on some new-fangled technology to make transplanting human organs much easier on the hosts body. Instead of having to worry about the host body rejecting the incoming tissue, his invention works with the cells in both the host body and with the cells making up the incoming tissue. Ivan takes his idea to William Cole and fully expects him to invest all sorts of cash into it, but shockingly, Cole turns him down (being the asshole American that he is, after all). However, Ivan's technology ends up saving the day when both William and Yegor are murdered by a certain gypsy lady (Tamara Gorski) who becomes intricately involved in both of their lives under very different circumstances (no spoilers there). William's brain becomes damaged beyond repair during this murder, but Ivan manages to splice half of his brain with half of Yegor's brain inside of William's body... the only problem is that Yegor's half of the brain (and hence, his half of William's body) is still alive and is definitely not under William's control. When the two men who are trapped in the same body turn out to have different plans as to where to go from there, all hell breaks loose.

I'm not going to insult the intelligence of you readers by pointing out who Bruce Campbell is and why he is a God amongst men. It would be sort of like starting out a paragraph with "George Romero... you may be familiar with him, he did this series of movies about zombies and stuff." Everyone knows who Campbell is, and anyone worth their weight in flesh know what sort of movies he performs best in and what sort of character he typically plays. With that in mind, I was a bit worried about how this movie would turn out. I mean, I can see the potential for comedy there, but from reading the back of the box or watching one of the trailers, you get the feeling that this is going to be a hardcore sci-fi movie at its root. Even with Campbell himself behind the camera, I had that gnawing fear in the back of my mind that this project would fail as a result of this.

As it turns out, the movie does indeed stay on the sci-fi side of things for the most part... but it's also a hilarious movie that is full of the typical slapstick style of comedy that only Bruce Campbell can pull off in this day and age. All of those feelings of dread completely disappear when we discover just how William and Yegor handle sharing a body, and when we find out how they react when one of them wants to do something that the other doesn't... well, there was more than one scene in the movie that had me nearly shedding tears of laughter. If you thought that Bruce had hit his comedic peak in Evil Dead 2 or Army Of Darkness, then you need look no further than Man With The Screaming Brain to see that Bruce still has "it."

So, to sum things up: we have a damned interesting storyline, more Bruce Campbell hilarity than we've had since his last outing as Ash, and plenty of moments where Ted Raimi damned near steals the spotlight from Bruce with his excellent performance. We witness great performances from every cast-member involved and the movie keeps you entertained from start to finish... what's not to love about that? 9/10.
bluemeanie #1: bluemeanie - added 10/19/2005, 08:54 PM
I thought this movie was hilarious. Bruce Campbell is the perfect director for this kind of schlock...not quite as numble as "Lost Skeleton of Cadavra", but a nice little take on the cheesy sci-fi from the 50's and so forth. I laughed a lot and when is that a bad thing? 6.5/10.
Ginose #2: Ginose - added 10/23/2005, 08:08 PM
Thiis movie was extremely funny. Bruce wrote, directed, AND starred in it. This movie was tits.
bluemeanie #3: bluemeanie - added 10/25/2005, 06:20 PM
There is a very cool featurette with the DVD that features Bruce and the producer talking about how many times they were shut down making this film and just how long it took to get it done. This is good for anyone who wants to see how difficult the business really is, even when you're a B-lister like Bruce Campbell.
Lucid Dreams #4: Lucid Dreams - added 04/29/2009, 02:03 AM
This had a very interesting story line with it, also Stacy Keach is an awesome actor. 7/10
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