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After years of being tread upon and cheated on, a man awakens to find his face has a been replaced by a blank, white mask.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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,960
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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[to his wife's small dog as he eats breakfast... ]
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Romero's finest since "Day of the Dead"
18 June 2001 | by rundbauchdodoSee all my reviews

A man awakes one morning without his face - and he decides to take revenge on all people who betrayed him in a way.

This, in short, is the story of George A. Romero's first feature film since 1992's "The Dark Half", a decent if not really convincing adaption of Stephen King's story of the same title. And even though "Bruiser" is not a very spectacular or action- and goreloaded picture, it undoubtedly is Romero's finest film since his third zombie-epic "Day of the Dead" back in 1985.

It's a unique movie, rather quiet and sensibly developed: something You've see far too rarely in the last few years. The acting is also first rate, above all Jason Flemyng as the lead character. Peter Stormare is once again delicious, this time as the eccentric, sex-mad publisher of the "Bruiser"-magazine (you never really get to know what the magazine is all about, but it is obviously kind of a lifestyle magazine) and therefore Flemyng's character's boss. Stormare's enthusiastic acting is everything but annoying.

There is also some well placed humor in the picture, which has been present in most of Romero's films, only that this time it's more obvious than in his earlier pictures. The humor doesn't destroy the melancholy touch, though, that makes all of Romero's pictures so unique.

An audience who expects to see another "Dawn of the Dead" or "Creepshow" surely will be disappointed at first - but who ever said that "Bruiser" is a pure horror movie? It is more similar to "Martin" or even (in a metaphoric way) "The Crazies". One thing that's out of question is that Romero proves himself to be a real auteur, and it's always good to see new films from him - especially after an eight-year hiatus!

Highly recommended.


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