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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: L.A. Weekly Books (Aug. 24 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312291450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312291457
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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.
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By Stillgolfing on April 19 2010
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Bruce Campbell (the Evil Dead Guy) has injected his book with the same kind of cool that infects his movies. Even if you don't know who Bruce Cambell is, if you care about movies and want some insite into how low budget "B" movies get made, then this book is a must read.
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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. If your looking for lots of info on Herc/Xena, or Bruce "shooting" about anything or anyone, you won't find it here- He dosen't ever really seem to "break face" and that's OK, something to be said for that really. He should get four stars for printing a nasty e-mail he got at some point, that really was a gut-buster, and I'd bet no one else in the Biz would have the parts to ever print! It shows he is a five star guy.
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If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor, isn't one of those cheesy, tell it all autobiographies as told by vain, has been stars. This is a book about a regular guy in the extraordinary world of showbiz. But instead of the grandeur that usually accompanies a movie star's lavish lifestyle, this is just a guy working day to day as "a working stiff actor". So gone are the images of free crap bestowed upon stars, rides upon private airplanes, or jet setting to all places of the world. This is just a guy relaying his experiences in the Hollywood system, which has made him a veteran.
First, a little info about the subject which is Bruce Campbell. Most likely, he's the guy who would prompt you to say "Isn't that what's his face?" He's the fellow who popped up in The Hudsucker Proxy, Spiderman, and "Ellen". Not the guy you would remember from abysmal fare like Assault on Dome 4 or Ice Rink. But what he's best known as, is being the star of the Evil Dead trilogy, about one kick butt superhero fighting evil demon possessed people in three movies. But while these movies are total cult status, you may have a little difficulty remembering him if not for the flash of a screen, which most of his mainstream roles usually consist of. Either way, he's a good actor, or shall I say, character actor and probably more worthy of getting better work than a lot of other stars today.
If Chins Could Kill is so much an autobiography as it is an opportunity to opine about the state of the industry. Campbell relays all his personal experiences from growing up a child of community theater, to eventually starring in his own vehicle (which unfortunately would flop). He talks about the delights of his Michigan childhood, his divorce, his movies, and other projects he has coming up.
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Bruce Campbell has done a magnificent job of writing his autobiography with a twinkle in his eye. He covers his life in Suburban Detroit with his family and his future co-workers in the Evil Dead. What comes across is a man that both loves his craft as well as understands his position in the "B" list position of Hollywood. Campbell Spends a great deal of time writing about his experiences from both the Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2. The movie is fun to watch, but it certainly not fun to make. Campbell gives an inside look at the whole process and how unglamorous it actually is. Campbell also writes how tough the acting life is on families. He writes about his divorce and why she left him. He also writes about how there are long periods of time between the work and dealing with this. He does not name names as some books do on the dirt, but he does mention some of his personal peeves of some actors and if you know the movies he writes about, you can figure out the actor. Mostly this book is alot of fun, full of pictures, and it is truly a nice way of passing time. Highly Recommended
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Bruce Campbell has etched an incredible career for himself, but by popular Hollywood standards, he's still on the lower rung - a "B" actor as he proudly calls himself. This status has stuck him in low-budget films and somewhat trashy television shows. However, Campbell has a large and (obsessively) devoted fanbase. The beginning of most chapters start with a strange e-mail he received from one of his fans, ranging from marriage proposals to an invitation to a girl's senior prom.
Campbell keeps this light-hearted feeling throughout the book, which makes it incredibly accessible for those not looking to get into the nitty gritty of a huge Hollywood star. He is not a star, nor does he have much in the realm of personal details to share. It's his technically detailed and hilarious explanations on how "Evil Dead" and "Evil Dead II" were made that give this book an added flair for budding filmmakers. His experiences on the set prove to be inspiring and touching - a lesson for all those who harbor self-doubt in the face of daunting tasks.
Though I'm not a fan of "Hercules" or "Xena" by any means, I really enjoyed his briefly on-air television show, "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.," and that is where my Campbell fascination began. Then I saw his "Evil Dead" films, and, being a horror fan as well as a huge admirer of Sam Raimi's directorial aesthetic, my love for Campbell was solidified. His campy, overacted performances in those films directly match his writing style, which makes for an entertaining read.
I recommend this book for all those interested in film, or anyone that wants to celebrate a proud B-grade actor who is hasn't been given the chances of many other A-list stars. Just to hear how happy he is with his near-inadequacy is enough to drive an artist to never give up hope in the face of intimidating Hollywood pillars.
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