- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: L.A. Weekly Books; Reprint edition (Aug. 24 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312291450
- ISBN-13: 978-0312291457
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.5 x 23.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
- Average Customer Review: 160 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor Paperback – Aug 24 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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No matter how you classify him though, the auto-biography shows a clear picture of the man. And he comes across very much like what you see in the films: a fun, out-going, energetic person with a lot of passion for what he does and who likes to have fun. From the Introduction all the way through the end, the book has you grinning and laughing out loud at the weird events that unfold. In fact, while reading the Introduction a stranger stopped me and wanted to know what I was reading since I was so obviously enjoying it.
Plus one of the other fun things that you discover is that Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi grew up in the same neighborhood. It's kind of neat to see two friends who are interested in the same field both grow up and become successful in that field; it also shows why the two of them are so often collaborating together. And another thing that was nice about the book was that Campbell focuses more on the little guy than on the big star. He does not get into mud slinging or the "A list" gossip. Instead he tells more about what the average Joe on a movie set has to do. Maybe this is because for much of his earlier stuff Campbell was that average Joe in addition to having a major role.
The only thing that disappointed me with the book was that when I skimmed through the paperback copy at [a local store] the other day, I found an additional chapter (20-30 pages) of new material. So if you pick up a copy of the book, and I highly recommend that you do so, then I suggest you pick up the paperback version instead.
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