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Bruiser (movie)

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Film
German title Bruiser
Original title Bruiser
Country of production United States,
Canada,
France
Original language English
Year of publication 2000
Length 99 minutes
Age rating FSK 18
Staff
Director George A. Romero
Script George A. Romero
Production Ben Barenholtz,
Peter Grunwald
Music Donald Rubinstein
Camera Adam Swica
Edited by Mume Jan Eramo
Cast
  • Jason Flemyng: Henry Creedlow
  • Peter Stormare: Miles Styles
  • Leslie Hope: Rosemary Newley
  • Nina Garbiras: Janine Creedlow
  • Andrew Tarbet: Jimmy Larson
  • Tom Atkins: Detective McCleary
  • Beatrice Pizano: Katie
  • Peter Mensah: Skinhead

Bruiser is a 2000 American-Canadian-French co-production horror film directed by George A. Romero.

Storyline

Henry Creedlow works for the magazine Bruiser (Engl.: bully, thug, but also monster). Henry is unhappy, his wife Janine sees him as a failure. In addition, he is plagued by violent fantasies. Henry also suffers a financial setback. His friend and colleague Jimmy has invested money for Henry, but the investment was a failure.

Milo Styles, the publisher’s boss, belittles Henry in front of the assembled staff. Nevertheless, he goes with Janine to a party hosted by Styles. There he gets close to Rosie, who works as a photographer for the magazine. Rosie is Styles’ wife, who is separated from him. In her spare time, she makes plaster masks. She also makes a mask for Henry. It is white with no distinctive features. Henry notices that Janine and Styles are seeing each other, but says nothing. It is not until the drive back that he reproaches his wife, but Janine does not care. Rather, she wishes Henry were dead. In front of the house she lets him off and drives away.

Henry, who has previously gotten drunk, wakes up the next morning and now has a white mask on his face that he cannot loosen. When the housekeeper Katie comes into the house, he hides and has to realize that Katie is helping herself from the purse he left lying around. He bludgeons her to death with her purse, which is full of silverware from his house. Just before Janine gets home, he hides Katie’s body. He overhears a phone conversation in which Janine tells him she wants to leave him. Henry follows his wife, who wants to meet with the person she called. She drives to the publishing house, which is empty on Sunday, and meets Styles there. Both are already in a clear position when, surprisingly, Rosie appears and takes a picture of her husband. Styles pursues his wife and confronts her. At the same time, Janine is murdered by Henry by pushing her out the window with an extension cord around her neck.

The police, in the person of Detective McCleary, interrogate Styles. Henry, meanwhile, is able to escape the building undetected. At home, he makes the discovery that his friend Jimmy has cheated him out of his money several times. Henry ignores the knocking cops who come to inform him of his wife’s death. He fakes his suicide and warns Rosie by phone that she is a murder suspect. Henry seeks out Jimmy, who confesses to the fraud and offers a check for the embezzled sum as restitution. But instead of a checkbook, Jimmy, on the other hand, has a gun in his hand and unsuccessfully tries to shoot Henry. Henry is able to kill Jimmy and hide his body.

Henry calls into a talk radio show on a local radio station and reveals himself to be the perpetrator. After a conversation with the host, he is convinced that he must kill all those who have treated him badly in order to regain his face.

The next day, Styles hosts a costume party. Henry dresses up as Zorro in a white mask. Rosie also attends the party, shadowed by McCleary, who still suspects her of Janine’s murder. With the help of some colleagues, Henry is able to lure Styles onto a balcony and hang him over the party guests with some wires. Both the guests and Styles himself think this is a special party gag. With the help of a laser gun, Henry kills Styles. As Henry gets rid of his costume, he is addressed by name by a colleague. Thus, Henry realizes that he is back to his normal face. McCleary has dropped suspicion of Rosie and becomes aware of Henry. But now Rosie appears dressed as Zorro in a white mask and declares she is the culprit. She is thus able to cover Henry’s escape, which eludes McCleary.

Years later, Henry works in an office in another city. The supervisor is impatient and angry and severely reproaches a co-worker. He then asks Henry to come to his office. The angry Henry goes to the office, his face is now covered with a white mask again.

Reviews

The Encyclopedia of International Film described the film as a “solidly acted horror film about the tragedy of a man and his madness. Atmospheric cinema of horror, admittedly not free of lengths”.[1]

Background

The film premiered in Canada on February 13, 2000, and was released in the United States on October 9, 2001. The film was shot in Toronto and in Waterloo in the province of Ontario.

The US punk band Misfits made a guest appearance. Director Romero had staged the video Scream for the band and had demanded the band’s participation in his film as payment.

Awards

In 2002, the film was nominated for a Saturn Award in the Best DVD Release category.

Web links

  • Bruiser in the Internet Movie Database (english)
  • Bruiser in the Encyclopedia of International Film
  • Bruiser at Rotten Tomatoes (english)

Individual references

  1. Bruiser. In: Encyclopedia ofInternational Film. Filmdienst, retrieved April 8, 2019. template:LdiF/maintenance/accessused