MY NAME IS BRUCE
Directed by: Bruce Campbell
Written by: Mark Verheiden
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Grace Thorsen, Taylor Sharpe
My Name is Bruce is the heroic struggle of a small mining town (Gold Lick, Oregon) to rid itself of a vengeful monster. Guan-di (Jamie Peck), the Chinese god of war and protector of the dead, has been unleashed by cemetery desecrating teenagers to protect the graves of Chinese miners lost in a deadly cave-in of yesteryear.
The deadly demons mission is to eradicate all those who transgressed against the tomb (relatives included), which is virtually the entire population of Gold Lick. The inbred community has to find a solution so Jeff (Taylor Sharpe), the sole survivor of a deadly Guan-Di encounter, takes it upon himself to kidnap his idol, Bruce Campbell (Bruce Campbell), star of countless B-movie horror films, and recruit him to be their local savior.
Mortified at first, Bruce eventually goes along with Jeffs prank, convinced that its all an elaborate birthday present from his agent (Ted Raimi), and begins to enjoy the spoils of being a movie hero, including free liquor and Jeffs attractive mother, Kelly (Grace Thorsen).
But Jeffs scheme goes horribly wrong when his hero, known more for fighting directors than mythical warriors, haphazardly leads the town in battle against Guan-Di. Confronted by a monster thats not a guy in a rubber suit, and with the blood of innocents on his hands, Bruce abandons the harsh reality of Gold Lick for the sanctity of his former, artificial life.
In his ramshackle desert trailer, Bruce resumes the daily grind of genre sequels, poor housekeeping and cheap whiskey, but a gut-wrenching call from his biggest fan, Jeff – now forced to take on Guan-Di alone – prompts the actor to re-evaluate his destiny.
Against his better judgment (and the angry citizens of Gold Lick), Bruce returns to defeat Guan-Di, save Jeff, and snag his hot mother. In the climactic, mano-a-monster, Bruce tries to rise above the miserable, off-screen schmuck that he is and become a heroin real life.
Be afraid, Gold Lick be very afraid.
SO…what did I think? Granted, I’m a bit biased as I’m a huge BC mark, but I actually went into the film thinking it was probably going to suck. I had been extremely excited since I first heard of it’s conception and have reported on it repeatedly on the site. Because of this, I was afraid of the hype and that, more than likely, the film wouldn’t live up to it. So I popped it in and sat back with a cool glass of Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine mixed with some Mt. Dew and prepared myself for a terrible schlockfest.
What I got was a FANTASTIC SCHLOCKFEST! This truly is THE Bruce Campbell movie. For all of it’s flaws, I absolutely loved it. I’m not going to call this a “low budget” movie, because it wasn’t by any means, but there were definite budget restrictions for the kind of flick they were trying to make. I have yet to listen to the commentary track on it, though I’m sure it’ll be hilariously informative, so I’m not entirely sure if they were TRYING to make the movie look cheap or if it actually WAS cheap. That works for this film, however, because if it had been an uberslick, Michael Bay-ish flick, it wouldn’t have worked at all.
Guan-di looked cheesy as all hell with the glowing eyes and crazy makeup and I loved Ted Raimi playing a multitude of shemp roles (a la ARMY OF DARKNESS). I even noticed cameos by Timothy Patrick Quill (the Big Bald Blacksmith from Army Of Darkness) and Dan Hicks (Jake from Evil Dead 2) as gay rednecks. They even made references to themselves in those other flicks, talking about how tough and dreamy Jake and The Blacksmith were. HA!
I just loved the overall over-the-top corny nature of the movie. It was a perfect satirical sendup of Bruce Campbell, the man, the actor, in a weird situation acting as just a regular guy (kind of like the recent JCVD). It was funny where it was supposed to be funny, campy where it was supposed to be campy, and an overall good time. This film is an absolute MUST for any fan of Bruce Campbell because, let’s face it, that’s who this film is marketed to. But, as my girlfriend can attest to, it works even if your not a fan as an overall horror comedy in the vein of (but not as good as) Shaun Of The Dead. A wonderful film. Check it out!
4 OUT OF 5 SKULLS