Year Released - 2009 [on DVD]
Running Time - 84 minutes
Directed by Bruce Campbell (who also directed Man with the Screaming Brain, as well as several episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys & Xena: Warrior Princess)
Written by Mark Verheiden (who also wrote The Mask, Timecop, and several episodes of Smallville & Battlestar Galactica!)
Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead films, Darkman, the Spiderman films, Bubba Ho-tep, and Man with the Screaming Brain - he also played Brisco County Jr. in The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. and was in several episodes of Hercules & Xena - currently, he plays Sam - Michael's "side-kick" in one of my current favorite shows on television - Burn Notice)
Ted Raimi [Brother of Sam Raimi] (he who had the most memorable death scene in last year's The Midnight Meat Train - he also was in The Evil Dead films, Darkman, and the Spiderman films, as well as being in several episodes of Hercules & Xena - most recently, he played a map maker in the Legend of the Seeker series)
Rating: 4 Skulls
Mistaken for the character he plays in the Evil Dead films, B-movie icon Bruce Campbell (playing himself) is kidnapped by the citizens of a small mining town who want him to save them from a vengeful demon.
At first, Campbell thinks it's all part of an elaborate prank, but when he realizes the demon is in fact real, he comes face to face with a second terrifying enemy - his own fear.
If you are a fan of Bruce Campbell [as I am] then this is pretty much a must-see film.
When I first heard of this movie [what, 2 years ago?] I thought it was a brilliant concept - Bruce, playing himself - actor of multiple B-movies - in another B-movie - how could it go wrong?
I am happy to say that it didn't go wrong - setting out to be a satirical, tongue-in-cheek B-movie that pokes fun at itself, as well as Bruce, it succeeded wholeheartedly! The film is completely silly, yet there are several laugh out loud moments [such as when Bruce tells his love interest, "if you're lucky, maybe I'll let you play with my boomstick"] ;-) For anyone who knows Bruce's body of work, this should be an enjoyable flick!
The story starts off with a couple of teen friends arguing over the validity of Bruce Campbell, while on their way to meet a couple of chicks in a cemetery - at one point, one friend tells the other, "if you don't like Bruce, then you can get out and walk" :-)
While at the cemetery, one of the teens unwittingly releases Guan-Di, the Chinese god of war and protector of the dead [he also happens to be the patron saint of bean curds - as we are told during musical interludes with two twanging guitarist singers]
Meanwhile, Bruce Campbell is on the set of his latest film - Cave Alien 2. . .
After Guan-Di slaughters all but one of the teenagers, the remaining survivor comes to ask for Bruce's assistance - it is hilarious how he ends up kidnapping Bruce.
Other notable mentions:
Ted Raimi plays Bruce's agent [as well as a Chinese immigrant, and a sign painter]
Ellen Sandweiss plays Bruce's ex-wife, Cheryl [she also played Cheryl in Evil Dead!]
Here's the Trailer:
I apologize for the quick wrap-up. . . Dinner's ready! :-)