Bruce Campbell: Cool trivia facts about Man with the Screaming Brain


Bruce Campbell is the King of B movies and one of our favorites is his Man with the Screaming Brain. We did a little deep dive into this flick and found some interesting facts that fans may or may not know.

Bruce Campbell has quite the varied body of work but then that is to be expected with having almost four decades in the business. As the self-proclaimed, “King of B Movies” the actor has several classics under his belt.

One of our personal favorites is Man with the Screaming Brain. For those of you that have read Campbell’s witty and insightful, Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor, then you are familiar with the entire chapter devoted to the craziness of the Bulgarian shoot of Screaming Brain.

We have found some interesting trivia connected with this fun film. So, let’s take a look at some behind the scenes tidbits courtesy of IMDb.

Cool Trivia List

So, You Thought 4 Years Was Crazy

Man with the Screaming Brain fans will have noticed the extra that is on the DVD, Neurology 101: Evolution of the Screaming Brain. This is a look at how long it took for Bruce to get his film funded. It is quite the odyssey complete with timelines from the 80’s, 90’s and beyond.

Of course, with Campbell and his friend, fellow producer David Goodman, this isn’t going to be your average tutorial. Everything is recounted in the actor’s signature tongue-in-cheek style. This film took 19 years to make and Bruce thought Evil Dead took forever at 4 years!

If you want to see this little gem, click on this link.

A Great Way to Recruit

Two years away from shooting Burn Notice in Florida, Bruce considered a joint production venture with the film program at Valencia Community College in Orlando. At one point, he toured the campus.

Unfortunately, that partnership wasn’t meant to be since shooting in Bulgaria was extremely cost efficient. Plus, changing the location to there from the original script’s locale of East Lost Angeles caused Campbell to do rewrites to accommodate.

It would have been fascinating to see how the college and Campbell’s crew would have treated Man with the Screaming Brain. The result would probably have been an entirely different feature.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Script rewrites are commonplace and can occur for a variety of reasons. This film was no exception. When we see Bruce Campbell’s character William Cole on the job, he is in the middle of a tunnel being built.

The location was not fake. Apparently, unfinished subway tunnels exist in Bulgaria and the location scout for the production discovered them. When Campbell found out, he amended the script to have his wealthy industrialist character traveling to Bulgaria to complete the construction job.

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If you are a fan of 1950’s mad scientist style B movies, then Man with the Screaming Brain is an ideal choice. Campbell’s effort is very reminiscent of older films like Donovan’s Brain and The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. That is precisely why we enjoy it!

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