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The Man with the Screaming Brain (Unrated)

Release Date: June 18th, 2005 (NYC-Angelika Film Center [midnight only] ), by Anchor Bay Entertainment
September 25th, 2005 (Sci-Fi Channel)

The Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Antoinette Byron, Tamara Gorski Directed by Bruce Campbell.

BASIC PREMISE: After suffering a severe brain injury from a killer gypsy, a man (Campbell) undergoes a brain operation that forces him to share half a brain with another man who was killed by the same gypsy.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The plot is very off-beat and often quite silly. Instead of being too silly to the extent of being unwatchable, it is nothing but pure fun thanks to the actors who have fun as well. It is essentially a one-joke movie that still, surprisingly, maintains a lot of energy and humor. Bruce Campbell is, as usual, very funny and makes the best out of some unoriginal lines. It would have been funnier if he shared a brain with a female rather than a male, but that would be like the movie "All of Me" with Lily Tomlin's spirit inhabiting Steve Martin's body--also a funny movie. Anyone who can't handle a little gore will find a few scenes difficult to watch, especially during the queasy brain operation scene. In the third act, everything goes haywire as the man's wife comes alive again, in a way, through a robotic woman. Fortunately, none of this movie is meant to be taken seriously--like the comedy in "Austin Powers" only much darker.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: There's not much to think about in this off-wall film--although the concept of brain replacement is somewhat interesting, this is not the kind of movie that analyzes it. As long as you suspend your disbelief, check your brain at the door, you can just sit back, relax and just have a lot of crazy fun watching this movie.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: The entire concept of brain replacement does not make sense if the other guy's voice suddenly appears in the brain. Also, it is not quite clear how the scientists were able to steal the comatose victim from the hospital--is it really that easy? NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 2

THE BOTTOM LINE: A highly-entertaining movie with a very silly concept that surprisingly works because of how much goofy fun the actors have, none of which is to be taken seriously.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run) or at least check out out on the Sci-Fi Channel on September 25th, 2005!

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