52 Books a Year: #45 - If Chins Could Kill

Posted by Brian Wed, 23 Dec 2009 18:26:44 GMT

If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor
By Bruce Campbell


Until recently I didn’t even know Bruce Campbell ever written a book, let alone two, so when I found out I immediately picked up If Chins Could Kill from the library. For those who do not know who Bruce Campbell is he is most associated with starring in the cult classics Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness. He also starred in the TV show The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and had recurring roles in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.

Chins concentrates on Campbell’s early life making Super-8 films with Sam Raimi and other childhood friends and the process of making the Evil Dead films. The first Evil Dead was made for the paltry sum of $150,000, which they raised entirely by themselves. Campbell gives an excellent view of just how a movie gets made that cheaply and the conditions it gets done in. The remaining portions of the book concentrate on Campbell’s attempts to break in as an A-List actor, before he settles into his comfort zone a B actor and all the freedom that gives him.

Campbell’s writing is fun and he has no problem poking fun at himself. Pictures are numerous and he also includes hand-drawn diagrams of weird camera setups that Sam Raimi inflicted upon him over the years. This is a confident book written by a man who is quite happy being a B actor. If you are a Bruce Campbell fan or simply want to read a book by an actor in the trenches this is an excellent choice.


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