10 Bruce Campbell Movies To Watch Besides ‘Evil Dead’!

Bruce Lorne Campbell turns 64 this month. That marks more than four decades spent with the Michiganer; add some years if you include the super 8 shorts saga with Scott Mirror, Bill Ward and Josh Becker.

Armed with the charisma of a leading man, the comedic skills of a vaudevillian, and an irresponsible personality that fans crave, Campbell is a theatrical chameleon that shows no signs of letting up. He is writing a comic book, author of his fifth book last year appears in cons regularly (with epic “answering questions sarcastically” panels), support the troopsand met with Sam Raimi like Pizza Poppa in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Most were inducted into Campbell’s cult through Ashley “Ash” Joanna Williams, horror’s latest favorite kid, who spawned a smorgasbord of reviews covering everything from toxic masculinity, post-traumatic stress disorder, survivor guilt and transcoded character arc. 43 years after its conception (it was filmed in 1979 but released in 1981), the evil dead franchise is more alive than ever. He lent his voice and experience to Evil Dead: The Gamewhat sold 500,000 units in less than a week and produced Lee Croninin Rise of the Evil Dead which will be released on HBO Max this year.

There is conjecture that his personality is similar to Ash, as one fan dubbed him “the jock who became the king of nerds”. However, memories of him (If chins could kill, save chins) provide information about how your brain works. Beneath the insults and trolling tweets, he’s a humble advocate for humanity, the environment, cinema and his loyal (and overly enthusiastic) people. fan base. In an attention-starved society where everyone tries to be the Main character, it’s refreshing how Campbell wears the Supporting Act badge with honor. He’s happy to be “the guy to the left or right of the poster’s protagonist”, and we revere him even more for that, forever the Main Character in our eyes.

Happy birthday to Mr. Bruce Campbell, the man who broke his way into our hearts and cheers for many years to come. Since BruceFest was canceled this month, here’s a watchlist of his work (aside from killing Deadite) to fill the void. Before asking where Brisco County, Jr., Jack Stiles and Autolycus are, this list focuses on film rather than television. Now… sit down, you primitive screw heads, get a Shemp’s and delve into its ongoing filmic legacy.

Save the king, dear.

My Name Is Bruce (2007)
Director: Bruce Campbell

There’s no better place to start than with a meta-story directed by Campbell and filmed in a western town in his backyard. The concept of self-parody was launched by the writer Mark Verheiden, where the fictional Bruce Campbell is an alcoholic B-movie actor wallowing in self-pity in an Oregon trailer. When a fan (Taylor Sharpe) encounters an evil Chinese entity named Guan-Di, he enlists Campbell’s help to save the community. It’s full of easter eggs and cameos (Ted Raimi, Ellen Sandweiss), but it’s silly enough for the casual viewer to enjoy. Note that many ideas originating from here have reached the Ash vs Evil Dead. my name is bruce is available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Director: Don Coscarelli

This cult classic by Bruce Campbell shows us Elvis Presley as we never imagined: a 68-year-old man with penile cancer battling the supernatural. Based on a tale of Joe R. Lansdaleis set in a nursing home where Elvis and Jack (Ossie Davis), a black man who believes himself to be JFK, witnesses an ancient Egyptian mummy sucking the souls of villagers. In addition to being a fun horror comedy, it shows how you can still rock your old age. As demanding as it is, don’t expect a sequel that includes Campbell. He has no interest in reprising the role and has vocalized that not everything needs a part two. Bubba Ho-Tep streams on Amazon Prime, Tubi and Pluto TV.

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Runtime (1997)
Director: Josh Becker

Inspired by Alfred Hitchockin Rope, this ambitious black-and-white crime thriller was shot to look like it was done in one continuous take, a technical achievement that baffled some critics at the time. It introduces Campbell as Carl, an inmate who plunges back into a life of robbery upon release. Alongside his companions, Patrick (Jeremy Roberts) and Tinnitus (William Stanford Davis), they execute a robbery gone wrong. In the midst of it all, he also grapples with the emotional complexities of reconnecting with his old flame, Janie (Anita Barone). Shot in ten days on a low budget, Campbell is proud of this one and it’s a must-watch for fans. Runtime is available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Black Friday (2021)
Director: Casey Tebo

Adding to the Thanksgiving horror subgenre, Black Friday owns a set of beloved horror. Campbell is Jonathan, the All-Mart toy store manager who looks like John Cleese, overseeing the employees portrayed by Devon Sawa (Chucky), Michael Jai White (To generate), Ivana Baquero (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Ryan Lee (shiver). When alien parasites begin to take over the buyers, their ability to band together and save the world is tested. In addition to the jokes and visual scares, it lightly explores retail horror and excessive consumerism. It’s the horror version of The Breakfast Club led by a large group. Black Friday VOD streams.

Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)
Director: Anthony Hickox

In the western city of Purgatory, vampires use sunscreen to protect themselves from the sun and manufacture artificial blood for consumption. They are forbidden to feed on people, an ordinance imposed by Count Mardulak (David Carradine). The factory’s human designer, David (Jim Metzler), is hired to take care of the repairs and brings his family, while Campbell plays a descendant of Van Helsing in search of vampires. At their climax, they are caught in the middle of a vampire civil war. It’s a delightful romp that features Utah’s beautiful sandstone arches. Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat streams in Plex and VOD.

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Manic Cop (1988)
Director: William Lustig

“You have the right to remain silent… forever!” In his first non-Detroit-based role, this slasher features Campbell as Jack Forrest (who almost donned ’80s “eyeliner” if the makeup artist wanted), a police officer wrongfully accused of murder, alongside Robert Z’Dar is the title character, Detective McCrae (Tom Atkins) and Commissioner Pike (Richard Roundtree). Is available to watch with Campbell as a guest about The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs. He also appears in Manic Cop 2, although much more briefly. In 2019, it was announced that the film would return in the form of an HBO series by Nicolas Winding Refn. Manic Policeman streams in Shudder, Vudu, AMC+ and VOD.

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Man with Screaming Brain (2005)
Director: Bruce Campbell

Part of a two-picture deal for the Sci-Fi Channel (alien apocalypse as the other), this is Campbell’s directorial debut, filmed in Bulgaria. He is William Cole, a wealthy American industrialist who ends up in the hands of Dr. Ivanov (Stacy Keach) and his assistant Pavel (Ted Raimi). After Cole and his driver Yegor (Vladimir Kolev) are killed by a gypsy named Tatoya (Tamara Gorski), Dr. Ivanov and Pavel fuse Cole and Yegor’s brains into one body, which plays out like a hilarious Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin possession movie in All of Me. Campbell stated the comic it’s closer to what the film should have been, had there been access to an adequate budget. The man with the screaming brain streaming on Amazon Prime.

Alien Apocalypse (2005)
Director: Josh Becker

Also filmed in Bulgaria, this Bruce Campbell film was a huge hit for the Sci-Fi Channel upon release. The film presents us with a group of astronauts (Campbell, Renee O’Connor, Michael Cory Davis) that return to Earth after 40 years in space. They immediately become enslaved by locust-like aliens that have invaded Portland, Oregon. Monkey’s Planet with giant insects. While some might chuckle at the green alien goo, over-the-top dialogue, and dated CGI, it’s actually an hour and a half fun if you hide your pretense. It is a grand and viscous moment. alien apocalypse streaming on Amazon Prime.

Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Ax (2011)
Director: Jeffrey Donovan

Sam Ax is another one of his beloved USA Network’s characters Burn Warning, which ran for seven successful seasons. The idea of ​​giving Ax his own spin-off TV movie was hinted at by the creator and showrunner. Matt Nix for Campbell. Directed by his co-star, Jeffrey Donovan, follows the ex-Navy Seal still on active duty during his last mission in Latin America. It ticks the boxes of the action genre with explosions, thugs/bound allies (including Pedro Pascal pre-War of Thrones and the Mandalorian) and features a small nod to Ash with a chainsaw scene. As always, it’s fun to see Campbell lead and this one has a lot of detail to keep track of. Burn Warning: The Fall of Sam Ax is available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Mark of Bruce Campbell's Films

One December Night (2021)
Directed by: Clara Niederpruem

And now for something completely different, here’s a Christmas tale where we never see our hero splattered with blood. He’s Steve Bedford, half of a country/rock duo called Bedford & Sullivan (his other half as Peter Gallagher), who split years ago on bad terms. When they get together for a holiday show, it stirs up the past and their 30-something kids (Eloise Mumford and Brett Dalton) are left to mend the relationship. Don’t let the Hallmark logo deter you; this film features one of the rare times we see Bruce Campbell flex his ability to tug at his heartstrings. It’s as hot as a mug of hot chocolate and something to enjoy with the family. a december night will return to the air Brand this coming Friday, June 24th.

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