Though it offers few revelations about the details of Campbell's personal life, this entertaining and witty Hollywood memoir combines his life story with how-to guidance on making independent films and becoming a pop culture cult hero. Campbell began working in show business as a teenager, and in high school became friends with future director Sam Raimi, with whom he eventually co-produced the 1982 cult horror hit Evil Dead, in which Campbell starred. Despite his wry, modest sense of humor Campbell recognizes the peculiar place that Evil Dead holds in contemporary culture he sincerely conveys the enormous commitment and work that went into making and marketing the movie. By the time he describes the film's premiere, Campbell's sense of triumph is palpable: we share his excitement when the film makes back its money and by 2000 becomes number three on the all-time video charts after Lady and the Tramp and Titanic. When Campbell isn't starring in new films like Evil Dead II and Moontrap, he is desperately often hilariously looking for investors for his new projects. His subtitle aside, Campbell's career has gone mainstream: he has appeared in Homicide and Ellen, is a regular on Hercules and Xena, and has started directing as well. (June)Forecast: While a boon to film cultists and to Campbell's many fans, this book also has enough insights and smarts to appeal to readers with a serious interest in popular culture. A planned author tour and national print advertising will help it capitalize on Campbell's cult following.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This engaging memoir offers much more than the standard, glamorous "and then I did..." show business autobiography. In an informal and entertaining style, Campbell describes his suburban childhood in 1950s Detroit, his introduction to acting at 13 via a summer stock production of The King and I, his involvement in theatrics and an 8mm movie production in high school, a semester-long foray into higher education, and his adult career as an actor. A large portion of the work is devoted to his friendship and working relationship with director Sam Raimi, who was a high school classmate and whose successful film Evil Dead brought them both to public attention. The book offers insights into the world of independent filmmaking and the life of a "B" actor, but most importantly it succeeds as an evocative memoir that allows the reader to know Campbell. Highly recommended for large public and academic libraries with film collections. Bruce Henson, Georgia Tech Lib., Atlanta
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The book was new like they said and the shippping was fast! Nothing more to say!Published 16 days ago by valeriebellerive
I bought this for my boyfriend who is a Bruce Campbell Fan, and he just love's it. He always get's a giggle when he reads it.Published on July 13 2013 by Elaine Johnson
Bruce Campbell (the Evil Dead Guy) has injected his book with the same kind of cool that infects his movies. Read morePublished on April 19 2010 by Stillgolfing
Straight forward simple read that never dove too deep into any one topic, save maybe the detail regarding the first evil dead movie and his childhood. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2007 by dejesko
this is the best book i've ever read from the best actor to ever grace god's green earth, i can't wait to read your next one Mr. Campbell, keep up all your amazing work!Published on Oct. 29 2005 by Deimos
Well, I laughed mostly. Still, thinking back to my college days when I did a lot of work in film, I did feel like crying on occasion. I think it was sympathy pains. Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by Eric D. Knapp
If they handed out an award for Cult Classic movies or television Bruce Campbell would be on the trophy.
This is a great read, you learn alot about Bruce. Read more
Bruce Campbell relates the humor filled story of how he and a bunch of friends turned their hobby into an actual career. Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by Chadwick H. Saxelid
I've been a fan of Bruce Campbell's for years, but still wasn't sure how much I would like this book. It turned out that I absolutely loved it! It was so funny! Read morePublished on April 14 2004