Monday, June 6, 2011

Horror Movie Review: My Name Is Bruce

My Name Is Bruce

Starring: Bruce Campbell,Grace Thorsen, and Taylor Sharpe

Directed by: Bruce Campbell

Written by: Mark Verheiden

Production Companies: Dark Horse Entertainment and Image Entertainment

Release Date: April 13, 2007

In the town of Gold Lick, Jeff (Taylor Sharpe) accidentally releases an old Chinese god of vengeance and bean curd, Guan-Di. Guan-Di wants vengeance on the people of Gold Lick for the deaths of many Chinese in a mine pit. As Gold Lick natives turn up dead, Jeff talks the townspeople into seeking help from movie icon, Bruce Campbell. But the egotistical, cowardly Campbell has a long way to go before he can become the hero the town needs.

I found this movie very enjoyable, but then I am a Bruce Campbell fan. I relished listening for references to Campbell's other work. I laughed at his portrayal of himself as a shallow, washed up has been. But in that mock self-portrayal we also see Bruce Campbell as an effective comic actor.

Admittedly, I can't guarantee that those who are not fans of Bruce Campbell and his work will enjoy the film. It seems to be a film made strictly for Bruce's fans. I'm cool with that, and I'm looking forward to the sequel, Bruce vs. Frankenstein, but I think it limits My Name Is Bruce's cult film potential.

And just for the record, best line of the film comes after a Gold Lick native says that he kind of liked Bubba Ho-Tep and Bruce replied, "Everybody liked Bubba Ho-Tep!"

Related Trailers

The Woods - Bruce Campbell also appears in The Woods. Set in 1965 in the buttoned-up world of an all-girls private boarding school, this horrifying tale features the acting chops of Oscar nominee Patricia Clarkson, who appears as the chilly headmistress. Based on the nightmarish visions she's been having since her arrival, new student Heather (Agnes Bruckner) knows that the woods surrounding the school aren't normal. And when her classmates begin disappearing, she has no choice but to investigate.

Man With The Screaming Brain - Bruce Campbell also directed and starred in Man With The Screaming Brain. Wealthy industrialist William Cole (Campbell) heads to Eastern Europe for a tax shelter. After a maid murders Cole and ex-KGB operative Yegor, a mad scientist merges part of Yegor's brain into Cole's. Complete opposites, Cole and Yegor fight for control of the body they now share. The odd couple can't agree on anything except hunting down the murderous maid.

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