Viewed – 10 July 2010 DVD
It has to be said, the cult b-movie icon that is Bruce Campbell is more of a phenomena in his native America than here in the UK, but I’m sure any serious horror fan will be familiar with his work in the acclaimed Evil Dead trilogy by Spiderman director Sam Raimi. His blend of wise-cracking, womanizing idiocy is certainly what made those movies so enjoyable, and he has been doing the same thing ever since, in arguably weaker movies.
This one pokes fun at the actor himself and his career in dodgy b-movie horrors. The plot, for want of a better term revolves around a teenager unwittingly resurrecting an ancient Chinese ghost in a small mining community, and as he’s an uber-fan of Mr Campbell, he chooses to kidnap the star and bring him to the town so he can save everyone. What makes this rather basic premise enjoyable is Bruce’s performance, full of quotable lines and charisma even if he comes off (purposely) as a bit of an asshole. You can’t help but like the guy though, and without him, this would be totally missable. Surrounding Bruce though is a bevy of z-list stars (with best of the bunch being Grace Thorsen), a laughably bad story and a terrible villain that looks like some mechanical dummy. I won’t go as far as to say you must see this one by any means, as it’s not very well made, has an awful ending and moments of sing-a-long ‘comedy’ that are faintly embarrassing. But Campbell is genuinely funny, so it’s not a complete disaster.
Verdict: 2 /5