Man With the Screaming Brain

Man With the Screaming Brain

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Director: Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Antoinette Byron, Tamara Gorski

Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Antoinette Byron, Tamara Gorski

     
 

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A wealthy industrialist in search of a tax break finds himself at the mercy of a deranged scientist in this surreal comic thriller from Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell. While his overwhelming greed and hawkish business sensibilities have helped to ensure pharmaceutical CEO William Cole (Campbell) a fairly comfortable existence, that doesn't stop the money-minded

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A wealthy industrialist in search of a tax break finds himself at the mercy of a deranged scientist in this surreal comic thriller from Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell. While his overwhelming greed and hawkish business sensibilities have helped to ensure pharmaceutical CEO William Cole (Campbell) a fairly comfortable existence, that doesn't stop the money-minded businessman from traveling to Bravoda with his trophy wife, Jackie (Antoinette Byron), in a bid to diversify his company's holdings. As William heads out to meet with city officials and Jackie gets better acquainted with handsome chauffeur Yegor (Vladimir Kolev), Dr. Ivan Ivanov (Stacy Keach) and his hip-hopping assistant Pavel (Ted Raimi) come close to completing an experiment that may revolutionize organ transplants. When an unfortunate encounter with obsessive hotel maid Tatoya (Tamara Gorski) finds William, Yegor, and Jackie all taken under the care of Dr. Ivanov, a series of transplant surgeries result in both William and Yegor sharing William's body and Jackie's brain being transferred into a break-dancing robot. Now, if William ever has any hope of getting his head back to himself, he and Yegor must use their combined knowledge to hit the streets to find the woman responsible for their deaths.

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For hardcore fans of Bruce Campbell, the mere image of the square-jawed anti-hero smacking himself in the face uncontrollably is probably more than enough to earn enthusiastic approval. For others, however, Man With the Screaming Brain may lose its momentum too frequently to illicit much real laughter. Campbell certainly knows the ins and outs of a campy, sci-fi parody, but as the writer/director/star, he may have been short on energy because despite his abilities, Man With the Screaming Brain just isn't nearly as audaciously over the top as it aims to be. There are certainly some funny ideas and clever scenes in this movie, but it could benefit from a little variety. Ted Raimi, for instance, is hilarious at first, playing an Eastern European scientist flunky who is so obsessed with hip-hop that he insists on drinking Red Bull instead of vodka and programs his robot to actually do "The Robot." Unfortunately, this shtick is tedious by his second appearance and embarrassing by his third--at which point Raimi appears to be all but completely tapped out for ideas. Man with the Screaming Brain also goes for long stretches where despite the plot being nothing but a flimsy construction to hang jokes on, no jokes will appear at all. What the movie needs is not just additional silliness but a much needed dose of dry humor, since any parody should be at least a little bit sarcastic. As a screen presence, Bruce Campbell is in rare form both with his physical comedy and the kitschy execution of his lines. He gives by far the funniest performance in the movie; the only trouble is that the audience has to sit through half the film before he gives it. When given the chance to riff, Campbell and even co-stars Raimi and Tamara Gorski are hilarious and inspired. Unfortunately, the script can't riff off itself.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/18/2007
UPC:
0013131562392
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
38,925

Special Features

Featurette: "Bruce, Brains and Bulgaria"; Audio commentary with actor/director Bruce Campbell and producer David M. Goodman; Brain Surgeons: Making the Screaming Brain - an all-new featurette with actor/director Bruce Campbell and producer David M. Goodman; Neurology 101: Evolution of the Screaming Brain - an all-new featurette with actor/director Bruce Campbell and producer David M. Goodman; Trailer; Behind-the-scenes; Bruce Campbell bio; Storyboard gallery; Comic book gallery; Widescreen presentation (1.77:)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Campbell William Cole
Ted Raimi Pavel
Antoinette Byron Jackie Cole
Tamara Gorski Tatoya
Remington Franklin Actor
Stacy Keach Dr. Ivan Ivanoff
Vladimir Kolev Yegor
Velizar Binev Actor
Todor Nikolov Actor
Jonas Talkington Actor
Raicho Vasilev Actor

Technical Credits
Bruce Campbell Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Philip Von Alvensleben Executive Producer
Thomas Becker Executive Producer
Sven Clement Executive Producer
George Costello Production Designer
Joseph Lo Duca Score Composer
Jeff Franklin Executive Producer
David M. Goodman Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Jaysen Executive Producer
Jan Körbelin Producer
Jaime Lin Sound/Sound Designer
Ognian Ognianov Art Director
Shawn Paper Editor
Bob Perkis Producer
R.O.C. Sandstorm Original Story
Rich Tackenberg Executive Producer
Melanie Tooker Makeup Special Effects
Jörg Westerkamp Executive Producer
David Worth Cinematographer
Tiny Wright Asst. Director
Scott Zakarin Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Man with the Screaming Brain
1. Getting the Point (Main Titles) [4:26]
2. The Ugly American [4:31]
3. Rough Ride in Gypsy Town [6:33]
4. Love Lost [3:59]
5. Propositions [6:00]
6. The Gypsy [7:24]
7. The Surgery [5:05]
8. Two Brains, One Man [8:04]
9. New Look for a New Man [3:53]
10. What's for Dinner? [5:40]
11. Mobot Jackie [6:09]
12. Chasing Tatoya [7:48]
13. One Tough Chick [9:13]
14. Final Farewell [6:20]
15. Reunited [1:34]
16. End Credits [2:40]

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