A Review Of Bruce Campbell’s MY NAME IS BRUCE And Some BUBBA HO-TEP Sequel Talk!
Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. When I was on the set of SHOOT ‘EM UP, Paul Giamatti was talking even then about how much he wanted to play Col. Tom Parker in a BUBBA HO-TEP sequel. That alone is reason to make one. But Bruce Campbell seems to always be vaguely busy, and so I’m wondering... is that film ever going to happen? And how the hell is MY NAME IS BRUCE, anyway?
Hello Harry, Below is my review of "My Name is Bruce" that I saw at the CineVegas Film Festival and some news regarding the Bubba Ho-Tep sequel (the first email I sent you, I don't think it went through): I was fortunate enough to attend the premiere of “My Name is Bruce” at the CineVegas Film Festival at the Palms in Vegas over the weekend. After going through a very stressful ordeal just to get to the theater, I waited in a very long line to get into the premiere. While I was waiting, Bruce Campbell walked up about 20 feet away to pose for some pictures for the press. And because it is Bruce Campbell, he can’t just pose like everyone else… he threw in what looked like kung fu moves of some sort and played it up for the camera. After getting into the theater, I sat next to some younger and much geekier kids who saw my Army of Darkness shirt and proceeded to tell me that my shirt kicked all of their shirts’ asses. And it did, but that’s beside the point. I sat in my chair and awaited the arrival of ‘The Chosen One.’ And sure enough, a few minutes of waiting around and Bruce Campbell appeared before the jam-packed theater. He told us that the movie was incomplete and was a work in progress. The editing was done but sound, visual effects and score were incomplete. He informed us that Joe LoDuca was scoring the film, which if you are Sam Raimi or Evil Dead fan, you should know who that is. After some brief pre-movie questions, one of which a girl insulted Bruce. He took it it in stride and said that she had the right to her opinion, the audience however threw profanities and insults at the girl, which she rightfully deserved. I never said anything, but should have, so I’ll say it now… “You bitch.” Anyhow, the movie started up. It starts out with a folky song about Gwandi (spelling?) a Chinese god of something or other. It then goes into a scene following a kid who is a big Bruce Campbell fan and another kid who are meeting up with 2 girls at a graveyard. The goal… to score some tail. The geeky kid tries to woo the teenage girl and does it in a way that Ashley J. Williams would. It doesn’t work. The geeky kid manages to open a grave or tomb that held Gwandi within. Gwandi, which by the way, looked really fake and cheesy (I’m not sure if he will be enhancing Gwandi with any visual effects or not), but the cheesy look of Gwandi actually added a lot of humor, so if it stays the same, no loss there. So with Gwandi on the loose, he chops, slices, and dices the young teens with only the geeky kid surviving. It is a pretty entertaining beginning and serves as the springboard of the story for the movie and the movie continues being entertaining throughout the rest of the film. The movie is definitely for any and all Bruce Campbell fans. He’s made his fair share of good and bad movies but don’t worry, this falls into the good category. This will not disappoint his fans. It mixes some rude and crude humor with some slapstick that Bruce was born to do. There is a scene where Bruce is drunk and trying to get into his trailer home and the way he tries to get in and the way he fails is something that seems right out of Sam Raimi and Bruce’s earlier home movies. If Evil Dead 4 never happens, this is the closest we are going to get to seeing it. The movies’ jokes are for everyone, but there are a lot of inside jokes that only Bruce Campbell fans will get. Oh and I almost forgot one of the hightlights of the film… Ted Raimi. Ted Raimi has 3 roles in the movie and he’s hilarious in all three. I’d almost suggest that in the sequel (which Bruce mentioned twice, calling it “My Name is Still Bruce,” so maybe we will see another one) Ted Raimi should play all of the supporting characters. That would be hilarious to see Ted Raimi in all sorts of disguises playing it up for the audience. He’s just really funny and absolutely gets over-the-top humor and knows how to do it well. His scenes are definitely some of the most memorable. Despite the movie being a ‘work in progress’, it still felt pretty much like a finished film. The low budget of the movie doesn’t hurt the movie all that much either. Some of the actors are a little stiff, but for the most part it works pretty well. The cinematography is actually pretty decent, displaying some atmosphere that helps in some scenes, something that “The Man with the Screaming Brain” lacked. Overall, I found the movie to be quite funny and definitely recommend to any Evil Dead fan. After the movie, there was a Q&A. Like most Q&As, for as many questions that were actually about the movie, Bruce, or his career, there were stupid, random questions. One of which some guy asked Bruce when he was going to do full frontal nudity. Bruce replied, “Are you gay? Of all the things you want to know, you want to know if you can see my penis.” Bruce poked fun at the guy throughout the rest of the Q&A, it was pretty funny. But the most surprising thing I learned from the Q&A was news regarding the Bubba Ho-Tep sequel. And this is coming from the man himself… he is not involved in the sequel. He doesn’t know what is going on with the movie, but that he is not involved at this point. Hopefully that changes, if they do a sequel… I mean what would be the point of Bubba Nosferatu if there is no Bruce. If you use this call me ‘Fake Shemp.’
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June 16, 2007, 2:52 a.m. CST
by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell
June 16, 2007, 2:59 a.m. CST
what about evil dead news Harry?
June 16, 2007, 3 a.m. CST
I blame my bad banwidth for the LATE 7minutes there... grrr. oh well. <p> But seriously, he didn't mention anything about Evil Dead at all? Quit holding out on us
June 16, 2007, 3:21 a.m. CST
by Franklin T Marmoset
I'm looking forward to this My Name Is Bruce. Should be some good, cheesy fun.<p>I have to say, though, a Bubba Ho Tep sequel without Bruce does seem a bit pointless. His doddering Elvis was easily the best thing about the first one, so unless they're going to use other aging celebrities to battle monsters and whatnot, I don't know how this Bubba Nosferatu could work. Bruce Lee joins forces with Jim Morrison, maybe? I would probably watch that.
June 16, 2007, 3:21 a.m. CST
What THE HELL are they thinking? Damn.
June 16, 2007, 3:43 a.m. CST
is this the perfect fan movie review? enough small moments to assure all of us that he was actually there...enough in references to assure us that he's a real fan..realistic writing to assure us he's a real person and not a plant...writing is not so retarded that people think he's a studio guy trying to appear NOT to be a plant...great little moments from the film to get geeks excitied...enough synopsis that a person who doesn't know Bruce from Adam might be interested...no spoilers whatsoever...some inside info to get us excited about side projects...and last but not least, a geeky but not overdone ScreenName<p>it just might be perfect! but then again...I'm pretty drunk...
June 16, 2007, 4:09 a.m. CST
is just so fucking great
June 16, 2007, 5:54 a.m. CST
by Mullah Omar
Really, I don't think you can neuter a sequel/prequel to "Bubba Ho-Tep" more grievously than by removing Bruce Campbell from the equation. This news is either untrue or is the result of absolute madness.
June 16, 2007, 6:16 a.m. CST
by Col. Tigh-Fighter
Ah, Da Bruce! Count me in, whenever the fuck it makes it to provintial UK. <p>I really liked Bubba Ho-Tep, and thought it actually was a fantastic look at old age and usefulness as well as Egyptian soul-sucking mummys. All good stuff!
June 16, 2007, 6:44 a.m. CST
He has friends in high places they say. Why cant they give him a decent shot? Instead they hire the likes of John Travolta. Go bruce!
June 16, 2007, 7:16 a.m. CST
that's true avengingfist. How can they ake babba without him unless, like someone already said they revivify some other star to do battle. and the man with the screaming brain sucked balls.
June 16, 2007, 7:25 a.m. CST
Oh man, is Bruce Campbell homophobic? That's a shame.
June 16, 2007, 8:07 a.m. CST
by Dr Gregory House
Yer shirt never had a chance.
June 16, 2007, 8:10 a.m. CST
So Bruce hasn't been approached about a BUBBA HO-TEP sequel yet. It could just mean that there's nothing concrete on the table yet, so they haven't even bothered to call yet. When the film gets some actual traction, you can be assured that he'll be the first person speed dialed...
June 16, 2007, 8:53 a.m. CST
Inquiring minds want to know.
June 16, 2007, 8:56 a.m. CST
where's my Ashe trilogy finale?
June 16, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST
MNIB is much like Alien Apocalypse. Dude should stick to acting - forget directing. No action and not funny – terrible Chinese monster and acting. Boring. Worth the trip for the Palms casino, tho.
June 16, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST
*Snaps into wobbly martial arts ready stance* BUBBA sequel gotta happen, and it's gotta be Bruce
June 16, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST
by Sledge Hammer
...some girl DARES to have some opinion that doesn't fall exactly into line with all the sycophantic sheep in the audience and, despite the fact that Campbell himself is all class about it, the idiot sheep masses hurl abuse and the gutless reviewer here slams her on the net and calls her a bitch without even bothering to put forth what she originally said. What a douche.<p>Campbell is cool. Nice guy. Funny guy. Can even genuinely act when given a proper role. And few people play the charismatic bumbling hero schtick better than him these days. But let's face facts, he's also starred in a whole bunch of absolute shit, and even written and/or directed some real stinkers. Saying that isn't an insult, and it's not a slam, it's simply a fact. I dig The Bruce. His more sycophantic fans, not so much.
June 16, 2007, 10:44 a.m. CST
I'm so sorry you're let down. Lighten up and go smoke a fag or two and it'll be all right.
June 16, 2007, 11 a.m. CST
by the darkman
Don Coscarelli was at Fango's weekend of horror, and he said that their still trying to lock in money for the film, but that he had a few financiers lined up. So who knows? Someone better put some money up for this picture. We need a part 2!!
June 16, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST
When someone who has a penis asks if he's gonna see yours, the natural, nay, the logical!, inclination would be to wonder if the guy's gay. Maybe Bruce should've been more pc and asked, "Are you bi-curious? B/c if you are, I'm okay with you wanting to see me naked." If you're such a whining prick that hearing someone asked if they're gay causes you disenchantment maybe you should start posting at Hatrack. They make everyone here sound intelligent. Yes, even me. And, if Bruce Campbell isn't in a Bubba Ho-Tep sequel, then maybe it shouldn't get made. Oh, and Alien Apocalypse was so bad it was entertaining. Especially the fake beards! You can even see one falling off an extra.
June 16, 2007, 12:02 p.m. CST
We have no idea what she said. Little early for a tirade about overreaction doncha think?
June 16, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST
It's one thing to have a "differing opinion" of a person, actor, film, whatever. It's another to go to a SCREENING of that film, where the actor will be there in person, and say something negative about them in the middle of a theater full of (obviously bigger) fans. Not sure why that's so hard to comprehend as "probably shouldn't do it." That'd be like paying to go to a concert for a band you hate just so you can sit in the front row and yell, "You suck!"
June 16, 2007, 1:17 p.m. CST
What was the nature of the insult? And torgos is right, what's the point of chastising the speaker when he's addressing a huge legion of fans? And, God no, Campbell isn't a bigot. The guy asked a loaded question and Campbell replied with a loaded answer. Gotta love ALIEN APOCALYPSE, another one of the Sci-Fi Channel's home movies. The beards appeared to have been loaned-out from MST3K's prop department. I remember, years ago, I was the only "sneak preview" attendant who loved ARMY OF DARKNESS. Everyone else was whining about the deficiency of clinical violence and they didn't have a clue (really!) that the carnage was Stooges homage. One local critic beefed, "This thing will sputter out and die over the weekend, never to be heard from again." Nice prediction, Criswell--you dumb douchebag.
June 16, 2007, 1:29 p.m. CST
June 16, 2007, 2:53 p.m. CST
...circa 1993. He's looking a bit ragged as of late. Still totally hot, but filled out in his old-ish age.
June 16, 2007, 3:23 p.m. CST
NO MATTER WHAT, HE STILL FRIGGIN' KING EVEN IT A CAMO OR FULL PARTS IN FILMS. HE'VE A NEW TV SHOWS ON USA CHANNEL THIS SUMMER OR FALL!
June 16, 2007, 3:30 p.m. CST
....with virtually ZERO writing skills think they can write reviews.
June 16, 2007, 4 p.m. CST
"Why did they come to our concert just to boo us?"
June 16, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST
I Am Legend.
June 16, 2007, 6:27 p.m. CST
June 16, 2007, 7:42 p.m. CST
by Bass Bastardson
I'm a Bruce Campbell fan from way back - my friends and I even contacted him once for a movie we were trying to make and got a very nice response from the man himself. That said, I couldn't even make it through the first 20 minutes of Bubba Ho-Tep. I hated it so much I found it PAINFUL to watch. Poorly shot, draggingly slow, vulgar and childish. I don't understand what people see in that fucking movie. Are they really so blinded by their love of all things Bruce that they can't see it is total crap? I would rather watch his awful made for TV Herbie movie (The Love Bug, 1997) than watch another 20 minutes of Bubba.
June 16, 2007, 9:15 p.m. CST
by the darkman
your entitled to your opinion, but Bubba ho-tep was anything but poorly shot. Vulgar? I think not. Don Coscarelli is a very good director, and it was a very solid film. Plus it was one fun movie to boot. That's just my opinion. Yes I'm a Bruce fan, but I'm also a fan of Don Coscarelli's, and I loved that movie.
June 16, 2007, 10:28 p.m. CST
by Bass Bastardson
I'm glad you liked it, I just don't understand how. As for Coscarelli, I have fond memories of Phantasm and Phantasm 2, but - at least in my opinion - they don't hold up all that well, even if they're still kind of cheezy fun. Phantasm 3 and 4 on the other hand are just crap straight across the board. And his episode of Masters of Horror, was okay - probably his most polished work in my opinion - and yet it still felt a little amateur hour to me. What exactly makes him a good Director in your book? Survival Quest? Honestly, I'd put him in league with hacks like Ewe Boll if you want to know the truth. Just my opinion though - the guy has a career making movies, so he's doing a lot better than me. (so far anyway) As far as vulgarity goes - it never really got offensive to me - I hope I didn't give that impression - I just found the dirty-old-man/bodily function humor to be really sophomoric.
June 16, 2007, 10:31 p.m. CST
by Bass Bastardson
I don't quite know how that u sneaked in there. I guess it could've worked like (pointing finger) "YOU, Darkman!" but I really hadn't meant it that way.
June 16, 2007, 10:49 p.m. CST
by Quake II
And not "good" bad...Just bad. The man has a legion of fans for some reason. His tv show was cancelled quickly (Brisco County) and his movies don't make a dime. He will literally star in anything if you can afford him (he said it, not me). I guess Evil Dead 2 is the reason he's a legend in the geek community? Army Of Darkness was "ok" and Bubba Ho-Tep was decent. Nothing legendary about any of 'em. It also helps me to know that he's a prick in real life, so that may be why I don't like him.
June 16, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CST
by Quake II
Is that he's hard to work with. Don Coscarelli is an amazingly nice man who keeps a stable of mellow, pleasant actors around him on his films. Bruce Campbell is a bit of a diva on set. Sorry kids, but it's true. He loves his fans as long as they open their wallets (another Campbell quote I heard during his book signing btw).
June 16, 2007, 11:10 p.m. CST
by Boondock Devil
Just have him play Elvis again. That'd be the only reason for making the sequel if Bruce isn't involved. Personally I'd rather see Don just do one more Phantasm film with a difinitive ending or even just do another original work. Hell, I even enjoyed his Masters of Horror episode with Moonface.
June 16, 2007, 11:27 p.m. CST
And i pretty much agree with everything the reviewer had to say. The film was funny as hell, lots of inside jokes, and will play very well to Bruce fans, or like minded folk who dont mind silly humour, and cheesy efx. Mind you, the EFX werent on this print, but the film works for what it is. Its a great little premise, and i think everyone involved pulled it off. Will it make any money, probably not, but should work its way onto SCI-FI, and do some biz on DVD. I would buy, its that funny. As far as the gal who insulted Bruce, i dont recall much of that, but will say the crowd was NOT very rude to her, just some boos. Just what you would expect from a house full of fans. It was all taken very well by everyone in attendance. I must say that one of the drawbacks to going to a screening full of fans, especially Comicon type things, is that there is ALWAYS someone in attendance, who asks some dumbass question, or insults the guest. I dont get it. Thats not 'keeping it real', or stating your opinion. Most times it just comes off as being rude. I would never pose a question to a guest, or say something to them in a crowded room, that i wouldnt say to them if we were having a one on one conversation. Now, having said that, this was a FESTIVAL screening, so you have to expect some folks were not big fans. They may have just looked in the brochure and thought the film looked funny, or they know the BC name from his tv shows. So, we might wanna cut them a little slack. Speaking of TV shows, one thing Bruce mentioned, that i dont think was mentioned here, is he is filming a new TV show for the USA network called 'BURN NOTICE'. I think it airs this summer, but he didnt say anything at all about his exact involvement. Also, i was alble to film the 22 minute Q & A after the film, with my cheap HD camcorder, so i might ask Harry if they want the footage for the site, or i can toss it up on YouTube if folks are interested. I wasnt very close, but u can see Bruce, and clearly hear all the questions and answers. Win
June 16, 2007, 11:42 p.m. CST
The update as it stands right now, makes no mention of any girl or any insults to Bruce. Was this story re-edited after it was posted?
June 16, 2007, 11:44 p.m. CST
did a restart and a refresh and the update is like, twice as long. I guess my browser didn't load the whole page. DUR.<p> If you use this, call me Idiot.
June 17, 2007, 3:04 a.m. CST
by the darkman
Don's had an uneven career for sure, but I'm pretty sure he hasn't always had the budgets to really pull off his movies. I mean Phantasm alone was made for almost no money, and yet it was still a pretty bold film for a no money movie. Yes some of it does come off a bit cheesy now a days, but it's still a classic, and you have to respect it for the conditions of which it was made. I guess I always felt that the man really does a lot with no money, and you can tell that if the man got more money we'd really be in for a great time at the movies. I believe Bubba ho-tep was made for just under a million, and yet I found it to be very well made for such a low budget. I also respect the man for trying to make different types of films. I mean could you really see a studio trying to make a movie like Bubba Ho-tep? As for the master of horror thing. Well I enjoyed his part of the show to some extent. Nothing great, but not too bad. Hell even though I liked some of the other shows of the series I thought most of them came off as cheap, but I know they really don't have the money as well. I think they get something like 2 million to pull off their shows. Now I'm not saying you can't really make a great movie for no money, but since your a film-maker you know that money certainly helps when your trying to get your vision across. Just my opinion. Good conversation though!!
June 17, 2007, 6:50 a.m. CST
BURN NOTICE, can be found here: http://www.usanetwork.com/series/burnnotice/theshow/overview.html Win
June 17, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST
damn...i want this to go viral...rumors are going around rosie is in talks...i would tivo the price is right if bruce was ever offered and accepted, who wouldn't love to see a slightly darker and more sarcastic game show host on the price is right, anyone agree?...disagree?...im sorry, but this new show, isnt gonna last for the simple fact of the time slot and the network it's on, this would be more of a bigger fish, and bring the main man into the spotlight he deserves
June 17, 2007, 4:08 p.m. CST
Is there a trailer for this thing?
June 17, 2007, 4:27 p.m. CST
by Bass Bastardson
I guess I can respect what he was trying to do with Bubba. I mean it is something different and the concept is fucking golden - but to me that makes it an even bigger disappointment. I think I would rather see Coscarelli working more in a producer/creator role, because he seems - to me - to be a creative guy who's kinda terrible as a director. And Quake, I would be really diappointed if what you say about Bruce being a diva was true, but it is certainly not what I have experienced. When my friends contacted him for the film we were trying to make he was very cordial and encouraging. Granted it was just one phone call and we never got the thing made, so I'll never know how he would have been on the set, but I can't imagine the friendly fellow on the phone suddenly turning into a dick.
June 17, 2007, 10:21 p.m. CST
by the darkman
I respect your opinion. I agree with you that I can't see Bruce being a dick. The just seems like he knows how to treat people with respect. After all the man has had enough shit thrown at him over the years. It's not like Hollywood is knocking down his door to star in the next big budget blockbuster. I met him once, and he seemed very friendly.
June 17, 2007, 11:42 p.m. CST
Just kidding. <BR> <BR> So the one thing that review did not answer is when the movie will finally be finished and when us the general public will actually get to see it. That's information that I would like to know. Go Bruce!
June 18, 2007, 12:43 a.m. CST
I think he said it should be out in the fall, but he might tour the film a bit like his 'Brain' film. I'm hoping he has a finished version to show in or around ComiCon in San Diego this year.
June 18, 2007, 2:09 a.m. CST
...not being in the sequel, but no Bruce? What's the point?
June 18, 2007, 4:32 a.m. CST
IF Joe R Lansdale isn't involved in the writing of the sequel, not going to be interested anyway. Anybody ever going to make films of his Collins and Pine novels? Much Mojo would be excellent
June 18, 2007, 4:59 a.m. CST
Word is that David Goyer wants to fuck u..., I mean adapt MUCHO MOJO. I can't imagine there ever being a profane, gloriously violent hard-R adaptation of this great series. We'd probably get some watered-down TV series like SPENCER: FOR HIRE, with which Lansdale's series shares some similarities.
June 18, 2007, 7:25 a.m. CST
June 18, 2007, 8:28 a.m. CST
You might want to check your facts on that again. To my recollection, the show was on for two years, at least one full season.
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