This book contains a checklist of vampire, werewolf and zombie films sorted in order of preference. The ranking is established by the sum of 8 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting, quality and creepiness. How many have you seen?
The face of vengeance
Bruiser tells the story of a man who’s been lied to, cheated on, stolen and dominated to a rupture point. The day he gets enough, he wakes up his face covered by a white mask he can’t remove. It's basically a second skin. Yeah, this doesn’t make much sense. This is a revenge story and the mask represents Henry’s transformation. He’s played by the excellent Jason Flemyng.
As despicable as the antagonists may be, Flemyng’s character is the bad guy. He’s the murderer. He’s the criminal. His story probably won’t end well. Peter Stormare plays the ultimate ass hole. He’s the man we love to hate. He’s the worst boss you can imagine. In reality, we are protected by the fourth wall, because, ultimately, we want to see these people suffer.
The last act pulls no punch but it’s not exactly realistic. It loses its moral compass. This is a good film and George A. Romero can be proud of it. It’s not the kind of picture that comes to mind when thinking of the man. It’s a little surreal, a little supernatural, but otherwise pretty much plausible if you take the mask out of the equation. It’s well shot, well written and well-acted.