Bruce Campbell Wants to Make Horror Movie ‘Expendables’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 4th, 2014 at 2:34 pm,

brucecampbell Bruce Campbell Wants to Make Horror Movie Expendables
Despite less-than-stellar reviews and a fairly minimal budget, The Expendables has been wildly successful since its theatrical release last month. The concept of riffing on the action movie genre by casting every action hero in existence from the 1980s and 90s—save the ones who refused to join—clearly struck a much-neglected chord with people.

Apparently, it struck a chord with cult film legend Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice) as well. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times about, amongst other things, Evil Dead and Campbell’s longstanding history with the horror movie genre, Bruce let slip that he’s in the process of putting together a horror movie in the vein of The Expendables.

Straight from the horse’s chin’s mouth:

“Yeah, The Expendables, or more like theIt’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad Worldof horror. I want to get so many horror movie stars that people can’t possibly not see the movie. I want to give them other stuff to do. I want to have Kane Hodderbe very particular about what he eats. I want Robert Englund to be a tough guy, like he knows tae kwon do or something. I want to find out the hidden sides of all these people. Some will play themselves, some will play alternate characters as well. I may approach Kane Hodder to play Frankenstein. He could be Kane Hodder himself fighting himself as Frankenstein. It could be crazy. It’s a silly concocted story that we hope to do maybe in a year or so. My breaks between Burn Notice have been getting tighter because they’ve been adding episodes. They’re trying to trap me like a rat in the TV world, and I might just let them. There’s a script, it just kind of blows right now, so no one’s really seeing it. We gotta work on it. Definitely shoot in Oregon all on a stage. It’s like the 300of horror comedies. We want to make it a whole world. Someone’s gotta take Frank down for good.”

The movie would be a sequel to Campbell’s practically universally-panned horror-comedy, My Name Is Bruce, called Bruce VS. Frankenstein, the plot of which would be Bruce Campbell as Bruce Campbell fighting Frankenstein’s monster (obviously).

I’m not sure I love the idea of a sequel to My Name Is Bruce in any capacity, but an Expendables-esque horror movie, decked out with the greatest horror actors of the past three decades and more? Sign me the hell up.

Imagine Bruce Campbell, hilarious as ever, teaming up with the likes of Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), Christopher Lee (Dracula), Tim Curry (It), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Robert Englund (A Nightmare On Elm Street), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th Part VII, VIII, IX, and X), Asia Argento (Land of the Dead), Tom Savini (From Dusk Till Dawn), Kathy Bates (Misery), Angus Scrimm (Phantasm), Choi Min-sik (Oldboy), Neve Campbell (Scream), Samuel L. Jackson (because he’s awesome)—and that’s just to start!

The Greatest Horror Cast There Ever Was

Seriously, throw the My Name Is Bruce sequel component into the trash where it belongs and do this film right. Get John Carpenter to direct. Get Quentin Tarantino to write. I mean, what else are these people doing right now? This film is begging to be made, and it’s guaranteed to garner Expendables amounts of cash dollars at the box office.

Check out the Los Angeles Times interview for more about what Bruce Campbell’s been up to lately, including his thoughts on the perpetual possibility of an Evil Dead 4.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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  1. Angus Scrimm FTW.

    And where’s that sequel to Bubba Ho-tep?

    • that guy scared the crap outta me as a kid lol. this BETTER get made, loads of fun!!

      • “BOOOOOYYYYYYY!!! I’ve been waiting for you, BOY!”

    • I gotta say this would be better as a Bubba sequel then My Name is Bruce

      • If I recall correctly, Bruce Campbell dropped out of Bubba Nosferatu and Ron Pearlman replaced him as Elvis. (Also, Paul Giamatti is playing a new character.) That is, if it ever gets made.

        • BH-t is one of Bruce Campbell’s finest performances; love Ron Perlman, but I’m still not seeing him as Elvis or Sebastian Haff.

          Another suggestion for this one: Reggie Bannister HAS to show up at some point, preferably with a four-barrel shotgun.

        • i can bring myself to watching anything Giamatti is in, he’s annoying

  2. That sounds like the greatest idea for a film I’ve heard in years.

  3. Who doesn’t like Bruce Campbell? No one, that’s who. Love the idea of getting John Carpenter and Quentin Tarantino, too.

  4. yeah, man….he’s gotta do this now

  5. Bruce can do no wrong! Filming in oregon is even better.

  6. this is awesome and that cast is amazing. I really want this to go through and like everyone on that list to actually be involved

  7. This is going to be so awesome!
    To be fair, Bruce Campbell is a living god so nothing he does can miss.
    I’m looking forward to this one.

  8. My name is Bruce was awful.

    I’m a huge fan of the guy though, he is a legend in every sense of the word.

  9. Doc, you realize My name is Bruce was meant to be that way right? =) Anyway I live in Oregon and let me tell you that would help out this state really well!! Also I had the chance to meet Bruce him self back a couple years now when he was promoting his newest book Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way, which you should read if you haven’t, anywho, yeah this movie really really needs to be done and soon!!

  10. Ford
    Was that at powells books or music mellinium? I missed that book release :(. But it would really help our economy to film more movies up here!

    • No Sully, it was actually at the Hollywood Theater. He was also promoting Man With The Screaming Brain along with the book. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever partaken in. Along with Free Comic Book Day at Tony’s Kingdom here in Salem/Keizer with the 501st Cloud City Garrision. Also I was able to ask him a question regarding a possable Evil Dead remake or sequel and he pretty much told me if they do, they do if not then they won’t it’s thier f-ing movie so yeah! So in a way he didn’t say yes nor did he say no. But it was great to even have a small conversation with THE MAN!

  11. Of course I realise that! I was expecting a satire on the genre, but, for me it didn’t work on a humerous level at all.

    • Relax man I was just kidding with you.

  12. My Name is Bruce was almost universally panned? I like it….

    And you forgot Tony Todd in the horror star mosaic :P

  13. Is there such thing as a “great horror actor”? I mean really…

    • Yes? I mean, take Christopher Lee, for example. He’s one of the greatest actors living today and he’s primarily known for his Hammer Horror movies.

  14. Ford
    I’ll have to check out tonys kingdom next time im in the area. Have you checked out things from another world here in portland?

    • Sully
      I haven’t yet, I tried to once but they where closed =( Thou last FCBD my buddy Sean Cruz was there to promote Corrsive Comics and do a singing. Side note, we’ve been trying to get BC to show up at one of our events but so far he’s been a very hard man to get a hold of. That or his handlers haven’t told him that a small comic shop wants to pay him for a day. Nevertheless I still find BC very entertaining to watch and think he’s a very friendly guy.

  15. Am I the only person who actually truly HATES Bruce Campbell?
    I have yet to see a film with him starring that I enjoyed. Even in the slightest.

    • oh noes….

      • Not a fan..greatly overrated and I have no idea why he gets the press he does..but he does have an audience I’ll give him that and maybe all six of them will see this film if it gets made..

    • Yes.

      Evil Dead 2? Army of Darkness? Burn Notice? Not enjoyable in the slightest? Really?

      To each their own, but I think he’s great at what he does.

  16. bruce campbell = the best comedic relief EVER !!!!

  17. This would be a must-see. And if it were good, it would enter my favorites list at the drop of a hat.

  18. I don’t like some of those picks Samuel L. Jackson just because?? how about Tony Todd Candyman & Final Destination remember those films? Kathy Bates, nah.

    • Like it would happen but how about Sir Anthony Hopkins!! “Have the lambs stopped screamming yet?”

    • No, not “Samuel L. Jackson just because.” Rather, “Samuel L. Jackson just because he’s awesome.” He’d be perfect for this kind of send-up.

  19. I like Bruce, but I am not interested in anything he is in that isn’t called Evil Dead 4. He needs to quit screwing around with stuff like My Name is Bruce and make the movie already.

    • Which is probably why he’s so reluctant to dredge “Evil Dead” back up. Because, no matter what he’s planning to do next, the only question he’ll ever hear from then on is “When’s ‘Evil Dead 5′ coming?”. It’s odd that everyone always complains about the endless Hollywood sequels and remakes and reboots – and I’m not saying that you do that, I don’t know you. But when Campbell, who proudly and publicly makes an effort to do his own thing, is discussed, all anyone wants is “Bubba Ho-Tep 2″ and “Evil Dead 4″. I wish Bruce was as unavoidable as most other actors, but I’ll wait as long as I have to and watch whatever he thinks is worth his time. (And I loved “My Name Is Bruce”.)

  20. All I can say is oh yes! This sounds like an absolutely thrilling movie, even if they could only pull a fraction of those classic horror actors it would still be insane.

  21. Shane I do agree about there needs to be an ED4 but, have you seen any other BC movies like The Woods, Alian Appokolips, Tornado, or even Man With The Screaming Brain? These are all great films in thier own right. Besides even if Bruce would want to do a 4th film, Sam Raimi would also have to give his blessing. Anyway, yes I do also agree with you on that.

    Also I would be there opening night for this super horror flick.

  22. Shane I do agree about there needs to be an ED4 but, have you seen any other BC movies like The Woods, Alian Appokolips, Tornado, or even Man With The Screaming Brain? These are all great films in thier own right. Besides even if Bruce would want to do a 4th film, Sam Raimi would also have to give his blessing. Anyway, yes I do also agree with you on that.

    Also I would be there opening night for this super horror flick.

    • i wouldnt see ED4 unless Raimi directed it along with THE MAN himself starring in it.

      • That’s the only wat to do it any justice!

  23. Sorry for the dubble post. My mouse over clicked.

  24. Oh my God, YEEEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!

  25. They should tie “Drag Me to Hell” to “Evil Dead 4″, have Justin Long’s character seek out Bruce to retrieve his girlfriend!

    • acslaterson,

      Now THAT would be brilliant!


      • I love that!

  26. thats the dumbest idea ever

  27. it will obviously be the first sign of the end of theworld if this ever comes to be..

  28. I don’t know about this. On paper it sounds cool but the problem is that most mainstream audiences do not know the names of the actors in Horror films and since most horror icons such as Freddy or Jason where make up and masks the audiences probably wouldn’t recognize them. I’m not saying it wouldn’t be fun for horror fans, but it just seems like they are going to have a real hard time in marketing this film to studios. Unless they focus on making it a horror parody like Scream in which case problem solved.

  29. I don’t know if a general mass audience would react, but horror fans/Fango like lovers would drool at such a feat. Here’s how I call it:

    The Dudes:

    Bruce Campbell
    Christopher Lee
    Lance Henriksen (oh, come on, we can’t leave him out!)
    Robert Englund
    Tony Todd
    Jefferey Combs
    Reggie Bannister
    Udo Kier
    Doug Bradley
    Brad Dourif
    Tobin Bell
    Thom Matthews (Friday 13th p6, Return Of The Living Dead)
    Samuel L Jackson (hey, getting eaten by sharks and dinosaurs, fighting snakes on a plane count too, coolness aside; he can rep the creature features)

    If The Horror Expendables were women…
    Sigourney Weaver (holdout from SR’s “If The Expendables were women”)
    Milla Jovovich (ditto)
    Gillian Anderson
    Jamie Lee Curtis (with or without the Activia cart)
    Belen Rudea (Orphange)
    Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps)
    Dee Wallace
    Sarah Michelle Gellar
    and Linnea Quigley

    • Brad Dourif’s a must. Although the poor guy’d probably get about two lines as per usual.