Man with the Screaming Brain

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"He's losing their minds"
  • NR
  • 2005
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 5.4  (5,614)

Man with the Screaming Brain is a 2005 science fiction comedy-horror film directed by and starring Bruce Campbell. The film revolves around William Cole (Bruce Campbell), a wealthy American businessman who travels to Bulgaria with his wife Jackie (Antoinette Byron) to investigate the possibility of expanding his business venture. Along the way, he meets a Gypsy fortune teller who warns him about the dangers of greed and tells him to avoid making any deals due to shadowy forces at play.

Despite the warning, William proceeds to close a deal with a corrupt scientist named Dr. Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov (Stacy Keach), who claims to have developed a revolutionary new brain-transplantation technology. Things take a turn for the worse when William is double-crossed, shot in the head, and left for dead by Ivanov and his henchmen. However, William is revived with Ivanov's technology, which involves transplanting half of his brain with that of a former KGB agent named Yegor (Vladimir Kolev) who had been executed for his involvement in a failed Soviet mission.

The aftermath of the surgery leads to a myriad of complications as William struggles to balance his conflicting personalities, with Yegor constantly overtaking his thoughts and actions. As William tries to seek revenge against his double-crossers, he hires a local cab driver named Yana (Tamara Gorski), who happens to be the former fiancé of Yegor. Together, they unravel a sinister plot involving Dr. Ivanov's plans to use the brain-transplantation technology for his own nefarious purposes.

The film's plot is centered on themes of greed, corruption, and redemption, with a heavy dose of slapstick comedy and over-the-top action sequences. Bruce Campbell's performance is a standout, featuring his trademark sarcastic wit and over-the-top physical comedy. The supporting cast, including Tamara Gorski and Ted Raimi, also deliver strong performances that complement Campbell's antics.

The film is shot on location in Bulgaria, and the backdrop provides a unique visual aesthetic that enhances the film's campy humor. The movie's special effects are mostly practical, with minimal reliance on CGI, which gives it a throwback feel to classic B-movies of the 80s.

While the film has its moments of inspired comedy, it falters in its attempts to balance the humor and horror elements. The horror elements are more subdued and rarely elicit genuine scares, which may disappoint viewers looking for a more straightforward horror experience. At the same time, the comedy sometimes feels forced and over-the-top, which can detract from the film's overall tone and pacing.

Overall, Man with the Screaming Brain is an entertaining romp that is sure to delight fans of Bruce Campbell and B-movie enthusiasts. Its mix of horror and comedy may not be to everyone's taste, but those willing to suspend their disbelief and embrace the film's absurdity are likely to find it a fun and enjoyable experience.

Man with the Screaming Brain is a 2005 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.4.

Man with the Screaming Brain
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    5.4  (5,614)