ACTOR - Bruce Campbell


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1
Within the Woods 1978,  Unrated)
2
The Evil Dead 1981,  R)
The Evil Dead
King of the video nasties, Evil Dead is horror at its finest!
3
Going Back 1983,  Unrated)
4
Crimewave 1986,  PG-13)
Crimewave
Written by The Coen Brothers, directed by Sam Raimi with a fantastic cast (particularly Bruce Campbell) = One of the best films ever made! A real cult classic that doesn't have the recognition it deserves!
5
Stryker's War (Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except) 1985,  Unrated)
6
Evil Dead 2 1987,  R)
Evil Dead 2
It's rare that a sequel exceeds its predecessor, especially in horror films, but that's exactly what Evil Dead 2 has done! Bruce Campbell at his best!
7
Maniac Cop 1988,  R)
Maniac Cop
Rather slow but it?s got Bruce Campbell so I liked it!
8
Intruder 1989,  R)
Intruder
Scott Spiegel is from the Raimi and Coen gang, obviously not as successful but in many ways he's just as talented behind the camera. Honestly, some of his compositions are amazing - I thought the same thing when I first saw Dusk till Dawn 2. The structure of Intruder is perfect, the story, gore, setting, everything, is just right for the genres. Somebody please give the man a bigger budget and let him do his thing! Classic horror films, this is a must!
9
Moontrap 1989,  R)
Moontrap
Walter Koenig and Bruce Campbell fight Aliens on the Moon. It is as good as it sounds nerd fans! Ok, so it's not great, but it is to me and all the other weird nerds out there who have been watching strange b-movie cult films like this late at night since the early 90's. I love everything about it, I even like that it isn't very good. To give it credit though, the Aliens are pretty cool, especially in 'that' scene. If you can find it, watch it!!
10
The Dead Next Door 1995,  Unrated)
11
Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat 1990,  R)
12
Maniac Cop 2 1990,  R)
Maniac Cop 2
Killing off the main characters from the first film was a mistake. Robert Davi was good but not enough to save the film!
13
Darkman 1990,  R)
Darkman
Probably my favorite 'alternative' superhero movie so far. It's Sam Raimi back when he was allowed to do his own thing, Batman mixed with The Phantom of the Opera in a noir comic book style, a cult classic. I love it. Like Evil Dead and Crimewave, Raimi does horror/thriller/action with a brilliant undercurrent of humour like no other director. It's cheesy and it's fun, not really what you expect from a horror/thriller but it's thoroughly entertaining and saddens me that films like this aren't made anymore. I'd watch this over Spiderman any day! Only gripe - not enough Bruce Campbell!

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14
Lunatics: A Love Story 1992,  PG-13)
15
Waxwork II: Lost in Time 1991,  R)
Waxwork II: Lost in Time
Zach Galligan, Alexander Godunov, Martin Kemp, Patrick Macnee , David Carradine & Bruce Campbell. That's a hell of a weired cast eh! The sequel is pretty much the same premise, a mix of different genres but this time the sequences come in the form of a time machine rather than a fantasy Waxworks museum. Bizarrely, it seems more fathomable although all of the time periods, or at least the people they meet in them, are fictional. The story carries on immediately after the first film finishes with the hilarious continuity gaff of Monika Schnarre as Sarah, an actress 3 feet taller with hair a good 10 inches longer, again though it's all part of the fun. The medieval scene does drag towards the end but the brilliant Bruce Campbell scene more than makes up for it as does the funny montage towards the end. Classic comedy horror.
16
Eddie Presley 1992,  Unrated)
Eddie Presley
This is the best example of how independent films with minimal budgets can still be great works of art. OK, so the lack of budget really shows but it takes nothing away from the story or the fantastic acting. Whitaker plays one of my favourite characters in film and he's supported by a whole host of great performers and also a couple of blink and you'll miss them cameo's. Find this film and watch it! It should be a classic by now and an independent film makers first port of call when they suffer from a lack of confidence. I love this film!!
17
Army of Darkness 1993,  R)
Army of Darkness
With out a doubt Bruce Campbell's best film. It's probably Sam Raimi's best too! (But only just in front of Crimewave). It's very quotable, very funny and loads of fun. Definitely in my top 10 favourite films of all time!
18
The Hudsucker Proxy 1994,  PG)
The Hudsucker Proxy
An underrated Coen Brothers film, for me its definitely one of their funniest, assessable and stylish works. The performances are brilliant as our the over the top sets. It's one of their only 'family friendly' films, for adults and, you know, for kids! ;o)
19
The Demolitionist 1995,  R)
20
Congo 1995,  PG-13)
Congo
It's got talking Monkeys and Bruce Campbell in it, so it can't be bad! Unfortunately, it is. A bit of a guilty pleasure but not very good really.
21
Tornado! 1996,  PG)
Tornado!
Bruce Campbell and Ernie Hudson are the only reasons to watch this film! It?s a poor man?s Twister in many ways but not as bad as that sounds.
22
Escape from L.A. 1996,  R)
Escape from L.A.
A guilty pleasure with a fantastic cast. Tongue firmly in cheek but a disappointing sequel. Not great but forgivable.
23
Menno's Mind 1997,  Unrated)
24
Running Time 1999,  Unrated)
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McHale's Navy 1997,  PG)
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The Love Bug 1997,  Unrated)
The Love Bug
I only watched it because its got Bruce Campbell in it. There is no need to make the same mistake!
27
Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure 1998,  PG)
28
The Ice Rink 2000,  Unrated)
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From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money 1999,  R)
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
You know, the direction in this film is one of the best I've ever seen. No really, some of the camera work is truly original, what other film can say its taken a shot down the coil of a phone line? Anyway, I like silly sequels to horror films, they are fun and this is certainly one of the better ones!
30
Icebreaker 2000,  PG-13)
31
TimeQuest 2002,  R)
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The Majestic 2001,  PG)
The Majestic
A pure feel-good film, typical of Frank Darabont who was obviously highly influenced by Capra. The Majestic is quite cheesy but deliberately so I believe, the 50's are depicted the Hollywood way, by memories of people to young to remember, not false but very sugar-coated. This is one of the few Jim Carrey films I've enjoyed, I wish he'd play it straight a little more often. The supporting cast is also very strong, I particularly enjoyed the Bruce Campbell cameo that I was unaware of and rather pleasantly surprised by. It's all a bit of nonsense really at the end of the day but it's very easy to watch, makes you feel good and it does invoke the same magic that the films it's influenced by do. Frank Darabont really doesn't make enough films considering his talent and success.
33
Spider-Man 2002,  PG-13)
Spider-Man
I thought Rami captured the stylings of Stan Lee rather well in this comic adaption but underneath it all you have a poor story, annoying actors and questionable special effects.
34
Bubba Ho-Tep 2003,  R)
Bubba Ho-Tep
Hail to the king baby, Campbell IS the king! Love it. RIP Ossie Davis
35
Serving Sara 2002,  PG-13)
36
Terminal Invasion 2002,  R)
37
The Ladykillers 2004,  R)
The Ladykillers
I think if anyone was going to make a decent contemporary remake of The Ladykillers it would be the Coen Brothers. Unfortunately, as much as they got the foundations right, their version is woefully miscast. They also seem to have swapped their usually brilliant script for downright awful slapstick. The casting of Marlon Wayans was a huge mistake but that said, everyone else did a pretty good job, esp Tom Hanks and Irma P. Hall. I guess we?ve come to expect great things from the brothers Coen that this is a bit of a shock, luckily they?ve returned to form since. Everyone?s allowed a couple of mistakes eh!
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Spider-Man 2 2004,  PG-13)
Spider-Man 2
Spider-man 2, I feel, was much better than the first. Alfred Molina was a fantastic Dr. Octopus and the story progressed quite nicely. It also stuck close to the comic which was appreciated by us comic fans (Who knew quite quickly, and got over the fact quite quickly, that the film was never going to live up to what we'd hoped for).
39
Alien Apocalypse 2005,  Unrated)
Alien Apocalypse
Planet of the......Ants. It really does feel like the kind of film Charlton Heston would have made/rejected back in the late 60's, it even has a 'I'm Spartacus' moment! Alas, it?s a low budget B-Movie, saved from being a half a star film purely because it has Bruce Campbell in it. Basically, It?s not very good but is watchable! Those fake beards though.....
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Man With the Screaming Brain 2005,  Unrated)
Man With the Screaming Brain
Being a big Bruce Campbell fan, I may be a bit biased in giving this film such a high rating. The story is fantastic as is the acting but it just seems like years of Bruce and co trying to get the film made, seeking financial backing and getting it from the Sci-fi channel, has come at too much of a compromise. Shot in Bulgaria back to back with Alien Apocalypse to save money really changed the original script and story and Bruce and Co did really well to work around that. I do feel that their baby was not as great as it could have been thanks to the short sightedness of the producers and I don't blame them for finally giving in. All that said though, they did a fantastic job, this film is a Cinematographer and a higher budget short of being the most classic of cult films ever! Shame, but still very much worth a watch.
41
Sky High 2005,  PG)
Sky High
Anyone who thinks Sky High is the worst superhero film ever should watch Zoom. You'll probably change your mind pretty quickly. I thought it was actually very good. They understood the genre and played with it rather well I thought. Put in the likes of Bruce Campbell and Lynda Carter and you're on to a winner in my book. Good stuff!
42
The Woods 2006,  R)
43
Touch the Top of the World 2006,  Unrated)
44
The Ant Bully 2006,  PG)
The Ant Bully
A brave move making another 'Bug' film so soon after Antz and A Bug's Life. It also had to do battle with Author and the Invisibles if I recall although that was just bad luck. I'll be honest and say I didn't think it was very clever, for every good idea there were 5 bad ones. Being small should have been enough to work with, sure it has been done before so if you're going to go down that route, make sure you up the ante (pun not intended) and not just make up stupid stuff like Ant magic etc. I liked the bit inside the Frog and being a huge fan of his I obviously liked the Bruce Campbell bits but apart from that I will have forgotten this film within a few months.
45
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres 2007,  R)
46
My Name Is Bruce 2007,  R)
My Name Is Bruce
This should have been a great film. Unfortunately Bruce totally misses the mark. When spoofing your own films its important the film is a) Better than the ones your spoofing b) Funny c) Original. This film was none of the above. I still love Bruce Campbell, just a little less than I did before :o(
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Spider-Man 3 2007,  PG-13)
Spider-Man 3
After the fairly decent Spider-man 2, I had high hopes for this film, especially when the villains were announced and the fantastic looking poster/Trailers were released. Unfortunately, it turned out to be all gas and no fire, and possibly the biggest disappointment in the last 10 years of cinema. I did like this Bruce Campbell cameo though!
48
White on Rice 2009,  PG-13)
49
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2009,  PG)
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
All animation has the licence to be silly, go crazy and go beyond the realms of reality but not for a long time have I seen an animated film do it so well, nor have I seen animation as good. It is of course very silly but it's very knowingly so. Any cliche that might be present is fairly unnoticeable and certainly doesn't spoil the fun. I mean, it's got Bruce Campbell and Mr. T in it, what's not to like. Don't watch it while dieting though, it did make me peckish.
50
Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe 2011,  Unrated)
51
Cars 2 2011,  G)
Cars 2
A better, more inventive film than the first. I think I quite liked it, probably because I had feared the worst. The voice talent was quite impressive, as was the animation, script and story. It's then that I think that is is a shame it's all about cars. The story would have been better had it been about something else I think but I guess they've got to sell toys somehow!
52
Tar 2013,  Unrated)
53
Oz the Great and Powerful 2013,  PG)
Oz the Great and Powerful
Disney harp on about how this is their movie and how bringing Oz to film was Walt's big idea and only thing he never achieved but this is very much something better. This is a Sam Raimi film, it is a brilliant adaptation of L. Frank Baum's visions of Oz and it works as a companion/homage to the classic Judy Garland 1939 film. I think Raimi got it spot on! He even manages to get the recent popular Theatre version, 'Wicked' in there. This is a project in which it would be hard to please everyone but I can only see minor fault with it. Why the hate I do not understand? Ok, so the CGI is sketchy in places, particularly towards the beginning of the film and the Bruce Campbell cameo wasn't good enough, where the hell was the 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 etc but seriously, I really enjoyed it. James Franco was good (in full Bruce Campbell mode), Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz good also, Michelle Williams I fell in love with all over again and for me, China Girl is my favourite character of the year so far, I loved her. I'm the only one it seems but I loved it!
54
Evil Dead 2013,  R)
Evil Dead
I love Sam Raimi's original Evil Dead film. I've seen it many times, have read the book and got the t-shirt. No really, I have got the t-shirt! So I was always skeptical about a remake and was never really fully on-board with the idea. My expectations were low, I was only slightly curious. My suspicions were realised. However, of all the horror classic remakes it is one of the better ones. It doesn't come close to the original, and after Joss Whedon's A Cabin in the Woods no horror film that sticks to the same formula is going to impress. Humour is key to any great horror film in my opinion, the original Evil Dead films excelled at this and yet here it is completely absent, like it would make the horror more....horrifying. I'm not disappointed as such because I couldn't care less but I'd like to see the end of the horror remake once and for all. Even the Bruce Campbell cameo didn't make up for it, although you could barely call it a cameo.

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