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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

When ghouls behead, who're you gonna call?: My Name is Bruce (2007)

My name is Bruce (2007)
rating: ***
starring: Bruce Campbell, Grace Thorsen and Taylor Sharpe

Chinese God vs Bruce Campbell? oh my.

Ah, yes, Bruce Campbell; the man behind the steel chin and all-around wise-cracking bad-good guy and, in this flick, a total oaf. Well, fictionally speaking, My Name is Bruce tells the story of four goth-emo wanna be teens who sets to a local Chinese cemetery to make-out, that is until, in typical fuck-up fashion, one of them released a vengeful Chinese war God (and protector of Bean Curd, so they say) Guan-Di, who resides among the grave of the Chinese immigrant who died in a disaster in 1870...

... um, no, not that


yeah, here we go.


So, the surviving teen, Jeff, calls the aid of our B-movie hero, Bruce Campbell, in hopes of using his skills in defeating the monster. That is, of course, if he stop thinking it's all a movie set, and the danger IS real.

Made to be funny, My name is Bruce is a pick on the curd of horror movies and Bruce Campbell fans alike; Playing both "in" and "out" reference jokes that tackles his past and current life's work as a standard name for monster movies, it's laughs among laughs of pure mozzarella cheese and B-movie epicness.

As much as I love to see BC in action, there's no denying that at times, the jokes can fail, if not starting a chuckle, and the movie can be bland. Special effects did little to please me, and go is the gore, but seeing as it's aiming more as a comedy than a balls on the walls, straight horror like BC's ever so popular Evil Dead, I can look pass that. Besides, any film that features two guys singing a, admitingly catchy, Guan-Di song, a boy saved by a pack of bean curd and Ted Raimi as a moustachoid painter who's obviously paining his job as a low-brow painter, can't be all that bad, and My name is Bruce is just fine for me at that.

As a fan's film of everything Bruce Campbell, he portrays a "main attraction" of a character here, who's everything but real. Arrogant and low-paid, he's more of his character Ash in the Evil Dead trilogy, reduced to a cheesy oddball anti-hero who gets the job done, even if it means blowing up half the state into Oblivion. It's a nice wink at the Evil Dead fans (like myself) that's clever, warming and truly appreciate.

Seeing how it lashes the cliches and the stereotypes of horror flicks into a self-referencing comic relief, it tries so hard to be "bad", as in "so-bad-its-effing-good" but, it's nowhere as bad as the flicks he'd made in the past in that sense. Still, as an average black-comedy, it's entertaining enough to pass some alone time.

Bodycount:
1 female thrown to a car and broke her neck against the hood
1 female beheaded with spear
1 male beheaded with spear
1 male beheaded with spear
1 female killed with spear offscreen
1 male found beheaded
1 male slashed with spear
1 male killed (method not seen)
1 male had his head sliced open with spear
1 male had his neck slashed with spear
1 elderly male had his neck hacked with spear
2 males double decapitation with spear
total: 13

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