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Bruiser (2000)

After years of being tread upon and cheated on, a man awakens to find his face has a been replaced by a blank, white mask.

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George A. Romero
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Flemyng ... Henry Creedlow
Peter Stormare ... Miles Styles
Leslie Hope ... Rosemary Newley
Nina Garbiras ... Janine Creedlow
Andrew Tarbet ... James Larson
Tom Atkins ... Detective McCleary
Jonathan Higgins ... Detective Rakowski
Jeff Monahan ... Tom Burtram
Marie V. Cruz Marie V. Cruz ... Number Nine
Beatriz Pizano Beatriz Pizano ... Katie Saldano
Tamsin Kelsey ... Mariah Breed
Kelly King Kelly King ... Gloria Kite
Susanne Sutchy Susanne Sutchy ... Colleen
Balázs Koós Balázs Koós ... Chester
Jean Daigle Jean Daigle ... Fadush
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Storyline

The young executive of a publicity agency Henry Creedlow is a man that has repressed morbid thoughts and is walked over by most of his acquaintances: his wife is cheating on him with his boss and stealing his investments with help from his best friend; his housemaid is frequently stealing from his house and insulting him in Spanish; even his annoying poodle does not respect him. While in his daily morning routine listening to a talk show on the radio, he hears a man committing suicide live because he had been felt miserable and disrespected for a long time, and Henry feels impressed with the tragic story. The next morning, he wakes up to find his face covered by a white mask, changing his personality and letting him seek revenge against those who have humiliated him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Revenge has no face. See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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Rated R for sexuality, violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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France | Canada | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 February 2000 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A Máscara do Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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George Romero directed the video "Scream" for the Misfits and the only payment he wanted was them to appear in "Bruiser" along with 2 original songs. See more »

Quotes

Henry Creedlow: You want a companion, get a fucking poodle.
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References Les yeux sans visage (1960) See more »

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Descending Angel
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Just as well this didn't make it to theaters...
21 November 2001 | by timothycareySee all my reviews

...which isn't meant as a dis. Much.

Like other GAR fans, I was troubled by his first trip straight-to-video -- how come Wes Craven's and John Carpenter's crap get the big stars and a chance to "open wide"? After seeing it, however, I'm sort of grateful, since this is no kind of blockbuster, no how. In fact, _Bruiser_ is so subdued, I can't imagine an audience in a arena-sized theater sitting still for its modest thrills.

Not as bad as the Ain't It Cool crowd seemed to suggest, but nowhere near his 70's peak, _Bruiser_ is another "could'a been" that has marked all of Romero's work since _Knightriders_ (except, of course, for the travesty of _Two Evil Eyes_, which was more like a "shouldn't'a been"). The performances -- except Peter Stormare, in his worst performance, keeping Romero's track record of at least one instance of teeth-grindingly abysmal acting (at least he's down to one these days) -- are generally fine and the storyline is compelling enough, if not heart-stopping. It ends pretty poorly, as well, setting itself up for...sequels?!?

Ah, but...this really is Romero's most accomplished piece of directing. For a guy who loves Michael Powell so much, I've always wondered why his films looked so lame. The chiariascuro meets the (climactic) garish here without clashing and the camera has more poise than anything in his career to date. Mind you, Romero didn't exactly make his name with poise, and a little more of his legendary crescendi of abject tension would have gone a long way to making this more successful.

So, GAR makes _The Phantom of American Beauty_...but it's surely worth renting all the same, without undue expectations. Here's hoping his project with _Knightriders_ own Ed Harris, _The Assassination_, gets a green light and lights a fire under this truly underrated director's truly capacious posterior, so that he may yet claim his rightful title as one of America's finest independent filmmakers.


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