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The Man With The Screaming Brain (Cable Telefilm)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C+     Telefilm: C+



Actor Bruce Campbell has decided to take permanent residence in the darkly comic side of the Horror genre.  His three Evil Dead films to date and cult successes like Bubba Ho Tep (reviewed elsewhere on this site) so why not see what else one can do with it.  The Man With The Screaming Brain (2004) has the same slightly jokey, slightly silly overacting that we have seen too often in productions that think they are doing retro revivals of genre classics from the 1950s up to the early 1970s.  That has become an annoying cycle of bad programming and this is no exception.  More could have been done here, but unfortunately it once again does not do anything more and if this was the point, it is the only one and it is tired.


Settling for mediocrity, one man is killed and the Soviet KGB (yes, this is set in the past) is involved.  Talking an awkward page from Re-Animator, a mad scientist sue their “weird science” to revive evil industrialist Campbell and the “fun” beings.  The film and the back of the case try to imply that it makes some kind of statement about Soviet Communism vs. American Capitalism, but it is 15 years too late and never that ambitious.  Campbell also co-wrote and directed this project, but is more interested in hamming it up all over the place, getting his cast to match this and still have a good film.  At best, it is an interesting failure.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.77 X 1 image originated on digital High Definition video of some kind and the tradedown on to this disc has detail limits, hazing especially when people move and a color poorness that is boring.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is barely distinct enough form Pro Logic to have any punch or involve the viewer, but then this is a cable project.  Extras include a trailer, two featurettes, brief behind the scenes, audio commentary with Campbell and Producer David M. Goodman, comic book gallery, storyboard gallery, and text bio of Campbell himself.  Easily, this is for fans only.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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