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Hail to the King

The man, the myth, the legend: Bruce Campbell, a veritable god amongst film geeks. Best known for his starring roles as the monster-killin', smack-talkin' Ash in Sam Raimi's Evil Dead trilogy, Campbell's also been in a ton of less infamous projects--from the short-lived TV series The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. to writing, directing, and starring in his latest film, Man with the Screaming Brain.

Campbell will be in attendance at this Wednesday's screening of Screaming Brain at the Hollywood Theatre; see Film Shorts for more info.

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)--Campbell stars as a geriatric Elvis who's stuck in a Texas nursing home with a black JFK (Ossie Davis). How could that concept get any better, you ask? Easy: They have to fight an evil mummy! Trust me--you haven't seen anything until you've seen Campbell's pitch-perfect Elvis… fighting a mummy.

Spider-Man 2 (2004)--Campbell has a penchant for turning up in most of his childhood friend Sam Raimi's films, but his cameo as the "Snooty Usher" in Spider-Man 2 is one of the highlights of an already great superhero flick. Note that Campbell--who keeps Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) from getting into his girlfriend's play--does what Doc Ock and the Green Goblin could only dream of: He defeats Spider-Man.

The Majestic (2001)--Campbell's the only reason to watch this treacle from Jim Carrey and Frank Darabont (who try their best to channel Jimmy Stewart and Frank Capra, but fail miserably). In flawless period form, Campbell plays "Roland the Intrepid Explorer," the hero of the adventure serials that play at Carrey's crappy movie theater.

Escape from L.A. (1996)--Another god-awful film, this one from Kurt Russell and John Carpenter (who try their best to channel their '80s selves, but fail miserably). But Campbell--as a creepily made-up, futuristic plastic surgeon--almost justifies sitting through this train wreck. Hey, Campbell's great, but he can only do so much, you know? ERIK HENRIKSEN


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