Man with the Screaming Brain is a 2005 science fiction comedy horror film co-written, co-produced, directed by and starring Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead and sequels; Moontrap; Maniac Cop 2). It was Campbell’s feature film directorial debut. Dark Horse Comics published a comic book series based on the film.
Bruce Campbell, Stacy Keach (The Mountain of the Cannibal God; Roadgames; Ooga Booga), Tamara Gorski (Friday’s Curse; To Die For; Poltergeist: The Legacy), Ted Raimi (Intruder; Candyman; Skinner), Antoinette Byron and Vladimir Kolev (Python 2; Copperhead; Shark in Venice).
William Cole (Bruce Campbell), the wealthy CEO of a US drug company, travels to Bulgaria with his wife, Jackie (Antoinette Byron) in the hopes of diversifying his company’s financial interests.
Cole is a stereotypical ugly American who constantly complains about the lack of Americanization of the former communist country. They are driven to a hotel by a taxi driver, and former KGB agent, named Yegor Stragov (Vladimir Kolev)…
” … a comedy that doesn’t build, lacks structural integrity, and often falls flat. But it’s also winningly loopy, with bizarre incidental ideas and performance riffing making for a series of parts that almost make up for the faults of the whole. Larkish spirit of the enterprise is contagious.” Variety
” … unintentional actual badness that could not be redeemed by the ham-handed stringing together of B-movie clichés: scary gypsies, former KGB agents, cheap foreign locations, girly catfights, transplanted brains, and Ted Raimi in full-on dork mode. It’s so cluelessly dumb that it manages to make the genuinely Eastern European actors in the cast sound like they’re putting on fakey accents.” Flick Filosopher
“The story is pretty ridiculous from start to finish, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing since the film doesn’t take itself seriously at all.” Dread Central
Cast and characters:
- Bruce Campbell as William Cole
- Tamara Gorski as Tatoya
- Ted Raimi as Pavel
- Antoinette Byron as Jackie Cole
- Stacy Keach as Doctor Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov
- Vladimir Kolev as Yegor Stragov
- Valentine Glasbeily as Uri
- Velizar Binev as Mayor
- Raicho Vasilev as Bartender
- Jonas Talkington as Larry
- Mihail Elanov as Punk 1
- Neda Sokolovska as Waitress
- Remington Franklin as Bar Punk