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Houston! Want To See Bruce Campbell Live In October? Splatterfest 2011!

Nordling here.

I interviewed Bruce Campbell once in 2002, and that interview... didn't go as well as I'd hoped.  What can I say, it was my first celebrity interview and I choked, but I think I pulled something fun out of it.  Hopefully I'll get a Round 2 this October, because Bruce is coming to Splatterfest 2011 at the Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks!

Splatterfest is an interesting competition, held here in the Houston area.  In it, contestants are asked to shoot, edit, and finish a horror film short in less than three days.  Winners of the contest receive a Canon t2i camera, and have their short screened at Splatterfest as well as put on a DVD compliation.  Some really interesting shorts have come out of this competition, and I hope we get some crazy submissions this year.  Splatterfest 2011 will happen at the Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks September 27th through October 1st.  Here's the press release:

Houston, TX - July 18th 2011 - Horror icon BRUCE CAMPBEL, star of the hit show BURN NOTICE, will appear at the 2011 SplatterFest Film Festival and Convention on Oct. 1st at the Alamo Drafthouse Westoaks.
Gaining cult status with his performance in EVIL DEAD and ARMY OF DARKNESS, Bruce Campbell’s appearance at SplatterFest provides fans a rare opportunity to meet and get autographs from one of the most beloved celebrities in the horror genre.
A limited number of VIP passes are available online at These are sure to sell out quickly. A portion of box office will be donated to AIDS Foundation Houston.
SplatterFest began last year with the “Weekend of Mayhem” short film competition where filmmakers were given 54 hours to write, shoot and edit a horror short film. With over 250 participants on 20 teams, last year’s competition resulted in a DVD compilation of 17 shorts, and one lucky grand prize winner walking away with a Canon t2i camera.
Registration for this year’s competition is now open, with a grand prize of a Canon t3i camera. Teams leaders can register online at The competition dates are Sept. 9-11th. Films will be screened at the Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks as part of SplatterFest which runs Sept. 27th - Oct 1st.
For more information please visit
Kelly Smith

I can't announce it yet, but we may have something very special for Bruce Campbell's visit, depending on how things turn out.  This October marks the 30th anniversary of the release of THE EVIL DEAD.  With Bruce in town in October... keep checking back.  Splatterfest 2011 promises to be a ton of fun, and I'll be attending this year, and I look forward to whatever shorts people come up with.  It's going to be a blast.

Nordling, out.

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  • July 18, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    He's an over rated hack.

    by The_Maltese_Vulcan

    Just saying.

  • July 18, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    I'm personally BORED with Bruce Campbell

    by JethroBodine

    He hasn't challenged himself in years.

  • July 18, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    I think he does what he enjoys doing

    by Jesse Kroh

    I've read his books and for the most part, he is very critical of the studios and the business of making movies. I don't think he wants anything to do with it, so he sticks with indie films and Burn Notice. He's happy enough just making a comfortable living. Nothing wrong with that.

  • July 18, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Damn,i always wanted to meet him

    by KilliK

    not to get an autograph,i consider autographs a stupid thing,but to shake his hand and thank him for all the wonderful time he has offered to me through his work. Bruce Campbell is one of the coolest b-actors ever walked the earth. HAIL TO THE KING BABY.

  • July 18, 2011, 1 p.m. CST


    by workshed


  • July 18, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Hey workshed...

    by Darth Mulder

    It's too late. Bruce is 53.

  • July 18, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    hehehe @ Darth Mulder

    by NixEclips

    Thank you for doing what I didn't want to.

  • July 18, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    I love Bruce, but...

    by SebastianHaff

    Not so much anymore. Not being mean, as I respect the guy, but he's found a niche where he makes shit, and gets paid decently for it. And that's fine, everyone wants to be retired in Florida, but I'm bummed he seems to have cashed in his chips and called it a day in regards to creativity. <br><p> I understand the Evil Dead franchise is over. I'm not saying I want him to keep being Ash forever, because I don't. In fact, by the end of Army of Darkness, I think it was time to move on anyway. Great fucking trilogy. Leave it alone. Go do something cooler, you know? <br><p> But he never did. Just lots of paycheck work. And hey, you gotta pay the bills. But JUST paycheck work? Fuck. Go do something creative! Even if it's cheap, I just want him to push himself. Man With the Screaming Brain, My Name Is Bruce, these all fucking suck, and not because they're low budget. He just isn't putting love into this stuff anymore. He found his niche, and he's able to simply coast on the fame he pretends to resent at public appearances. I'm sure he's having a blast getting paid on all these shitty projects, but someone needs to tell him, that fun isn't translating through the screen. He's a talented guy, obviously sharp as a tack, too. Those traits served him (humbly) well financially speaking, now I'd like to see him apply them to making cool shit again.

  • July 18, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

    some Just For Men and bruce will look 37 again.

  • July 18, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Shop Smart...

    by NemesisOfZod

    Shop S Mart! I love The Evil Dead. IF I can put together the cash to attend, then I'm there! Otherwise, I'm there in spirit!

  • July 18, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell...

    by Lee

    ...knows what he's doing. Firstly, he's earning a living. Something most actors can only dream of. Secondly, he knows where his skills lie. I love the guy. Funny, self-effacing and uniquely talented. Hail to my Dad.

  • July 18, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    I'm the one with shotgun

    by unblinkingeye

    It would be great to have an Evil Dead triple feature or at least Evil Dead 2 and Maniac Cop!

  • July 18, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Burn Notice is great

    by WerePlatypus

    And I live in Houston. Huzzah!

  • July 18, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST


    by NixEclips

    He's produced, written, directed and starred in his own movies. That's not being lazy. Yes, they aren't great movies, but he made them. He's not just taking paychecks, he knows what the hell he's doing. What was that alien flick he did for Sci-fi/syfy? That was hilarious? He knew it was crap and did it anyway. Get a grip.

  • which is what the fans want, not a remake of the first EVIL DEAD. We need to see deadites fucking shit up in S-Mart and Ash, the King, coming to the rescue. Raimi could give it a little of that DRAG ME TO HELL vibe, which was very EVIL DEAD-ish but a bit more polished and had a good mix of scares and slapstick. I love ARMY OF DARKNESS, but they went a bit far into the slapstick/comedy realm with that one. EVIL DEAD 4, set in the present day real world like DRAG ME TO HELL was, with Campbell back as Ash would be fucking awesome. The story pretty much writes itself. Ash is back at S-Mart and the deadites return. He heads over to the sporting goods department and grabs a shotgun, then heads over to the power tools aisle and picks up a chainsaw. Ash versus some crazy deadites is the opening kicker. Then, later we learn that deadites opened portals are opening all around the city. Think of it kind of like an alien invasion film, except instead of extraterrestrial nasties descending in space ships, we've got pissed off deadites coming through portals and messing up everyone's day. So Ash grabs a few sidekicks and sets out to save the world again. But this time it is not just human possessed zombie-like deadites. This time some really nasty ultra-dimensional Lovecraftian beasties are beginning to come through these mysterious portals. This ups the scale and scope of the film a bit, so it might bring in more of an audience than the die-hard EVIL DEAD-ites. These new beasts, which I'm sure Raimi and Campbell will come up with some cool Ash-slang for them, will add that extra element that both makes it less of a zombie-like film (so that the uneducated masses don't write it off as just a silly zombie movie), and it gives Ash more to do in terms of variety. We've seen him take on the deadites, and we've loved it, and this film would have them too. Thing is, wouldn't it be great to see Ash take on some new creatures as well? I think it would. So there it is. Not anything that would be that hard to mold into the kick-ass EVIL DEAD sequel that we've always wanted all these years. It still wouldn't need a mega-budget either. In fact, the charm of the entire EVIL DEAD series has been that these guys were always extremely ambitious with lesser budgets than normal. I think this same formula holds. Whose with me?

  • July 18, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Ash versus giant tentacled Lovecraftian monsters

    by lv_426

    A giant, tentacled beast appears above, wrapping itself around a skyscraper. Ash and his nerdy S-Mart sidekick look up as twisting tentacled shadows envelop them. ASH: Who ordered the calamari?

  • July 18, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Shit, if Arnold hadn't porked his maid all those years ago

    by lv_426

    he could have a fun cameo in EVIL DEAD 4, as a sort of Duke Nukem type of super soldier. Little things like that would be fun as hell and would help bring in a bigger audience.

  • July 18, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    His best role was Bubba

    by ZOMBRE

    He was amazing in Bubba Ho Tep He really pushed himself. Its a shame that movie wasnt more successful and that Bruce didnt do the sequel. Bubba Ho Tep is just good movie making. Aside from that and the Evil Dead, his movies and shows are unwatchable. Its time for Evil Dead 4 because Sam Raimi is a great filmmaker and Bruce Campbell is an excellent actor. This Evil Dead re-make is missing some major ingredients.

  • July 18, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    Bubba Ho Tep was a good one too. Personally, when I think of Bruce Campbell, obviously the Evil Dead films come to mind the strongest, but also Brisco County Jr., My Name Is Bruce, Bubba Ho Tep, and more recently Burn Notice. I agree. Evil Dead 4 needs to happen. A remake with new actors will just put the nail in the coffin of Evil Dead 4 that much faster. If the remake is successful, then they'll continue on that trajectory with those actors and the new continuity. If it is a flop, then no studio will want to fund an Evil Dead 4, even if Raimi and Campbell are on board. So at this point, I don't think we'll be seeing Evil Dead 4, at least not beyond our own imaginations and wishful thinking.

  • July 18, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Those are solid ideas, LV_426

    by frank

    I’d see that movie.

  • July 18, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    EVIL DEAD 4? RAIMI has the keys now...

    by ZOMBRE

    Ok It's my understanding Raimi was unhappy with producers mucking up Army Of Darkness. With the terrible sets and spfx, you could tell they were strapped for cash, and there was a difference in vision of how this movie should be made. But after directing Spider Man 1-3 and several successful tv shows...... Doesn't Sam Raimi have a garbage truck filled with cash? And isn't Sam Raimi a huuge nerd like us? After seeing Drag Me To Hell (the closest thing we have to Evil Dead 4) I can see Sam still loves scary 3 stooges inspired horror comedy. SO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? If I had the money, I'd make my OWN movies. Sam sounds like George Lucas in a Phantom Menace documentary talking about using animatronics (which look better) to save money on cgi shots. George is riiiiich! Sam is riiiich! Maybe its not so simple, but us deadites know how much it cost to make Evil Dead 2 and us deadites know how much money Sam Raimi made for directing a very, very financially successful Spiderman trilogy. What is the problem and why does Evil Dead need to be re-done and by other people at that? I wish we could get an answer as to why Evil Dead 4 is not an option.

  • July 18, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    I would wager that Raimi is just not excited by the EVIL DEAD universe anymore. Although, this makes no sense as he recently did DRAG ME TO HELL, which as you said, was kinda in the same spirit as the EVIL DEAD canon. I mean, for fuck's sake, the evil gypsy lady looked a bit like a deadite in some scenes. Still though, why not produce part four with Bruce in the lead and let that Panic Attack guy direct it? While not ideal, it is a much better route than a remake of the original I'd say.

  • July 18, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST


    by SebastianHaff

    Dude, I know he wrote, directed, and starred in those flicks. And I've personally heard him admit they fucking suck. <br><p> It's not that he's lazy. You can't be lazy in that industry and succeed. It's that he busts his ass for something not even he is passionate about. I hate seeing talented people do that. <br><p> Do you even recognize my screen name? Sebastian Haff was Bruce's finest hour. It was that film (Bubba Ho-Tep) where I realized this guy doesn't need the camp, doesn't need the cutesy humor, that he can really it kill it as a dramatic actor. <br><p> I remember the SyFy movie you're talking about, and I'm sorry, but I don't think bad movies are funny. Again, I realize the guy needs a paycheck, so whatever. I'm just saying I think he's capable of a lot more than fucking Burn Notice and some cutesy convention appearances. He doesn't seem to give a fuck about the Evil Dead franchise, and at this point neither do I. I'm a fan and I want to see him do something new. If he doens't, no biggie. I'll always have Bubba. <br><p> So be nice.

  • July 18, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST


    by SebastianHaff

    I'm editing this kid's Bar Mitzvah while arguing online about Bruce Campbell, and the music I'm using is the closing track from... Bubba Ho-Tep. That track by Brian Tyler is beautiful, and it's usually my go-to song when I need something pretty to play in the background on one of these. <br><p> Just thought it was silly that I was doing that and arguing about Campbell online at the same time, not realizing the connection. I'm a bigger fan than I thought. Guy better look out next time I'm at a convention. Sounds like I'm gonna go all John Hinckley on him.

  • July 18, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell is what makes Burn Notice interesting

    by Exalay

    I saw a coupla shows w more Jeffrey Donovan and not much Bruce, didn't make it to the end.

  • July 18, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    I'll be there

    by awardgiver

    well, maybe...

  • July 18, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    @ zombre

    by NixEclips

    Actually, they tried a bunch of tech together that had never been tried. Sam said that he found out the reason noone ever tried that, was because they don't work. That's why it looks like it does. The producer issue has to do with Silence of the Lambs.

  • July 18, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST


    by NixEclips

    Dude, you said paycheck over and over. And I know that name.

  • July 18, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    hehehe @ Darth Mulder + Nixclips...

    by workshed

    Do you really think I thought... Listen up, primitive screwheads, I bought the original ED1 Fangoria issue when I was 14. I'm 42, that makes Bruce at least 60! I don't care how the fuck old he is... one more Evil Dead movie please Bruce, Sam, Rob, Ivan, Ted. We've waited twenty years. Surely that's enough.?

  • July 18, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Brisco County jr and Jack of ALL Trades

    by wattos new hat

    were 2 amazing tv shows

  • July 19, 2011, 1:53 a.m. CST


    by SebastianHaff

    Over and over? Three times, sir. Three times. Let me close by saying, I love me some Bruce, I just feel like the schtick's grown a little old. There was promise in his Bubba work that I don't feel he's lived up to. My opinion.

  • July 19, 2011, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Sorry workshed...

    by Darth Mulder

    Bruce was born in 1958. That makes him at least 53. Not 60, I'm afraid.

  • July 19, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Darth Mulder...

    by workshed

    I presume, by your moniker, that you're knowledgeable on all things Star Wars and X-Files, yes..? Well, mine is 'WORKSHED'. You get that.? WORKSHED! Need I explain more..? Ever heard of the English sense of humour.?

  • July 19, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST


    by Darth Mulder

    I have met a few English people in my 42 years on this planet. Their sense of humor sucked.